He was ridden by his previous owners for a bit, and understands the concepts of direct reining, which is why we've been working on neck reining. Unfortunately, they left tons of gaps in his training, which is what I've been trying to patch up. I never said it was the first time he'd been ridden :), but that 'I' had just started him. I re-started him under saddle, after tons of ground work- sorry, should have worded that better.
Also, by bending I mean bending his body (not very good at the terminology). He was a cart horse, so when he turns, its as stiff as a board. We've been working on getting him to move and bend his body when turning.
I don't believe I'm rushing him at all, we are still working on refining the basics. Also, I have helped break numerous ranch horses, and none of them learned how to direct rein before neck reining. They all turned out great and were extremely responsive. As my boy already knew direct reining, I figured I'd wean him into neck reining slowely.
I hope that clarified my post a bit. Sorry if it was confusing. Posted via Mobile Device