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post #1 of 6 Old 08-13-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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how can i train my horse to neck rein and to stop her from being scared for her head

i need to neck rein my mare, im one who can not mule a horse if you get what im saying so whats a easy way to train her how to neck rein and also how can i help her from being scared for her head its really hard to get a halter or bridle on her or brush around her head??

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-13-2012, 10:42 PM
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If she is already directly reining then take her into an area with trees. When you go to turn take your right hand and turn her normaly but with your left also turn/push it right (so- both hands go right). Same for turning left.
Just remember the hand that is 'neck reining' don't push too hard. Just make sure she has a lil pressure on her mouth.

Pretty soon you'll be able to neck rein like a pro.
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no idea what 'mule a horse' means, but guessing it's nothing to do with breeding!

Re neckreining, agree with JR. Start out using a neckrein at the same time as direct rein & leg/seat & after she's well used to that, then 'test' it by just neckreining. At that point, if they don't get it, I switch to neckreining(or whatever new cue) first & backing up with direct rein/leg after a half second if they don't respond.

Re head/haltering, first, I'd consider the possibility that her teeth or something may be bothering her, but re headshyness, see the recent thread re the terrified yearling.
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I used a lot of leg pressures when training my QH to neck rein. I actually had him responding to leg pressures before he fully understood neck reining.
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79 View Post
I used a lot of leg pressures when training my QH to neck rein. I actually had him responding to leg pressures before he fully understood neck reining.
Neck reining is not so much about hand, but all about leg when teaching a neck rein. Your horse need to move off your leg and away from the pressure FIRST and foremost. You incorporate hand in conjunction with what your leg is asking, as the feel of the rein on the neck will eventually be the horse's cue....WHEN you ask with your leg.

Neck reining is NOT about just hauling your horse around with your hand.
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