Getting Ready for a Port - What Steps Should Be Taken?

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Getting Ready for a Port - What Steps Should Be Taken?

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    05-28-2012, 05:10 PM
Getting Ready for a Port - What Steps Should Be Taken?

I was ecstatic! The other day I was riding in the arena and my gelding - who up til this point has been kind of faking neck reining with me *shhhh!! You don't see my pinky wiggling that rein!!** -clicked. He finally got it, neck reining that is, for real! It was slow, and his turns weren't the sharp, precise turns I get with the direct rein pressure. But he did it. Every turn I asked for I got and only occasionally did I have to remind him with a bit of leg pressure which way I wanted him to go.

So anyways, I always said I wouldn't use a bit with a port until he was neck reining consistently... I'm a firm believer in starting soft and working up to the more engaging bits only as we're ready for them. I'm still going to wait until I have a snappier response before moving up.

But what other signs would you be looking for before moving onto the next level of bit?

Right now he's in this:

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