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.
We grow too soon old, and too late smart.