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post #1 of 9 Old 01-13-2013, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Can a horse be trained to neckrein using a sidepull?

Just as the title would suggest, I am wondering if I can use a sidepull to teach my horse to neckrein. My Appy was for most of his life the middle horse in a trail string-picture a horse dead to all aids except brute force. When I got him last year the trainer who had him was using a tom thumb and round headed spurs in an effort to "get through to him".

The horse hadn't had his teeth done ever, fought the bit constantly, head tossing- totally resistant and unhappy guy. After I bought him I had his teeth done and put him in a sidepull. I rode him all summer on the trails (which is all I do) and he has become so much more soft and willing. I have excellent "whoa" in the sidepull and he is moving off my leg better now.

I have a bad knee, so I've had to switch to a western saddle. So, I'd like to teach him to neckrein as he only plowreins now but wonder if that can be done in a sidepull? Guess I could tackle his issues with the bit if I had to, but he goes so much softer in the sidepull. I have put him back into a rounded french link snaffle, and he reverts right back to the resistant behavior.

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We ride in halters with the lead tied to the side rings of the halter. And the ones who know to neck reign do just fine.
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Yes you can, you simply back up your leg and neck rein cue with the direct rein on the sidepull.
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Okay, so use a direct rein not an opening one? I've been piddling around with laying the right rein on his neck and using an opening left rein to reinforce "go left". It's kinda hard to do a direct rein in the floppy sidepull I'm using, it's one of those nylon ones. Perhaps I should get one with a little stiffer nose piece so there is a bit more cueing action.

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It's really no different than teaching to neck rein in a snaffle. It's just all about cue and reinforce.
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Your right DimSum an opening rein would be correct.

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Ah okay thanks Cowchick77. I do think I need one with a stiffer noseband than I have now, the one I'm using kinda slides around his face a bit. I do feel a bit asinine where we are boarding, it's primarily a show barn with very expensive warmbloods and dressage people...and here I come out with my plowreinin' stubborn appy without a bit. We do get some looks

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LOL! Ah well, who cares, your having fun right?

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(grins) we do indeed have fun. We are only there for the winter because of the arena, our other barn is full of trail riders who are used to people who ride in mismatched tack and laugh a lot.
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