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    04-14-2013, 04:49 PM
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Yearling
How can you train a horse to ride with only a rope around his neck?

Hi when I start riding my gelding I'd like to teach him to be ridden with only a rope around his neck. Has anyone done this and how do you do it? Thanks.
     
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    04-14-2013, 04:53 PM
  #2
Weanling
Well first you would have to teach him to neck rein and to get him to become very good at it.
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    04-14-2013, 04:58 PM
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Yearling
Yup neck rein and move off you leg and seat. Then ride with the bridle on, but ride with the rope around their neck. Only use the bridle as an emergency device if things aren't working and to reinforce what ur asking. Oh and always start in a pen just in case!
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    04-14-2013, 05:03 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by cowgirl4753    
Yup neck rein and move off you leg and seat. Then ride with the bridle on, but ride with the rope around their neck. Only use the bridle as an emergency device if things aren't working and to reinforce what ur asking. Oh and always start in a pen just in case!
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Well.... We don't have a roundpen yet. Might build one this year if we get time.
     
    04-14-2013, 06:07 PM
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Yearling
Doesn't have to be a roundpen just somewhere if something happens ur or your horse won't get hurt until you both are very comfortable with riding with just a rope around their neck
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    04-15-2013, 09:50 AM
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Showing
What a good way to get hurt!
     
    04-15-2013, 11:06 AM
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Started
First thing is to have your horse completely trained under saddle. Completely! Like show ring responsive to all aids and cues. Only then think about riding with a neck rope.
     
    04-15-2013, 11:31 AM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
What a good way to get hurt!
Having a bit doesn't mean you won't get hurt.

I plan on doing this with my mare as well. We're working on leg/seat cues and getting faster with those along with neck reining and we'll eventually move onto bridleless. She already stops with my seat walk/trot in one session, so hopefully it goes quick and I can show her off to all the people trying to tell me I can't train a horse and make them worse (when they've never even seen the horse before). (:
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    04-15-2013, 01:03 PM
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Weanling
You start with a stiff rope (or usually neck wire), and use it higher up the neck. No neck reining needed necessarily, horses follow weight. Usually horses who are ridden in neck control are first ridden bitted or in a hackamore.
     
    04-15-2013, 01:20 PM
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Trained
This would take one darn good trainer and one very cooperative unbroke horse. Way beyond most people's capabilities IMO. Occasionally I will ride with just a neck rope, however it is an arena and after a successful training session just to gauge how responsive the horse is. I doubt I would have any success pulling my horse out of the pasture & riding down the trail with just a neck rope.
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