Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Yielding to the bit is not critical at this point in training him to neck rein. Neck reining is simply a matter of trading one cue for another.
Start by using your seat, weight, and legs as you normally do but when you direct rein to the left also lay the right rein on his neck. Little by little you will substitute laying the rein for the direct rein. My horses will work off my legs and seat with little input from my reins - that is what you are striving for.
If your horse is getting bored then change it up but always use your outside rein against his neck when you want a turn - English or Western. That will keep him tuned up.
As for a shanked bit, that is not necessary and has no bearing on a neck rein. A shanked bit should never be direct reined but a snaffle can be used for anything. In Western Pleasure a horse has to be shown in a shanked bit. I train and trail ride with a snaffle but my horses are shown in a shanked "Billy Allen".
A horse is said to be yielding to the bit by having his face on the vertical with very light contact. If his nose is out front he is said to be above the bit and if he is tucked in then is is behind the bit. It all has to do with rein contact at first. Once he is correctly trained then very light contact is all that is necessary to bring him on the bit.
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