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    07-22-2008, 02:05 PM
With direct reining he stays nice and collected, and for going straight when neckreining or turning to the right he stays collected with his head on the vertical. It's just the turning left that he won't keep it
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    07-22-2008, 02:20 PM
Sonny, try flexing exercises to get his neck more supple. Another thing you may consider is that you are not giving him the correct aids with your legs or body. I know that when my horse is not moving correctly I have to check the way I'm sitting in the saddle. I may be putting too much weight on the wrong side and giving him crossed signals.

If that isn't the case then you just need to work on suppling him by doing some bending and a lot of left turns.
    07-22-2008, 11:00 PM
Does he move off of leg pressure?

Try working him on the wall, and don't give up everytime you ride him ask for the neck rein. If he doesn't do it then give him a small reminder with direct rein but continue with the pressure on his neck until he completes the turn. Do you have a western trainer to work with?
    07-23-2008, 01:49 AM
I'll echo others here--don't rely on just the reins. Use leg cues and your seat. Use your weight--you'd be surprised at what he can sense--look where you want to go, that helps sometimes.
    07-23-2008, 03:45 AM
If you have tried everything else suggested, and checked his tack, etc, and it just is him trying you, you can try this if he knows light pressure. By light pressure, I mean if he knows to move away if you lightly put pressure with your fingers or hand on his flank, shoulder, etc. If he understands that, and he's not turning for you, bring the foot away from the turn up to his shoulder, and press your heel against it while applying the neck rein. It's the same principle as turning with your knees, but lets him feel the pressure more. You can also do a sort of splits motion, bringing the foot from the direction you are turning up to his flank at the same time, encouraging him to move his hind end. You should not have to do this consistently, just as a "tell" if he's not responding to asking.

I recently had to do this with Hoover, as he was trying me on turning. I applied foot pressure to both his shoulders and flank while asking for the turn. Within fifteen minutes he was responding from just the reins and knees. Of course, this is from the training he's had with my instructor, so Sonny may be totally different.
    07-23-2008, 09:45 PM
Neck reining

Also, try using horse hair mecate reins...they really do work. Some horses don't care for the scratchy feel of the horse hair and catch on quicker. It worked for my Curly gelding, or use a rubber hackamore.
    07-24-2008, 06:12 AM
I havenīt read every post now
But I think itīs important for you to now that your horse turns just because of you acting with your legs and weight
Thatīs just why western horses are turning and stuff like that because they know what do do by legs
And from time to time you can leave your legs and stuff

Itīs just important that your horse know what it should do by putting the one rein on the one side of itīs neck and so on
And of course itīs important that your horse is willing to do that too

I hope Iīm not to late or sth like that, if itīs like that, just ignore me lol
    07-24-2008, 09:37 AM
Great information from everybody! The easiest horse I ever taught to neck rein was a big TB mare. She was 12 or 13 years old, always ridden english and had a little dressage background .. She was so good at leg cues and giving her head at the pole it took all of twenty or thirty minutes to figure out the neck reining. She was great in the pasture or arena but was like being on a 1300 lb squirrel when you were out on a trail... Maureen and I always said you could crack walnuts in you butt cheeks after a trail ride on her!
    07-24-2008, 10:09 AM
OMGOSH! That's too dang funnnny!
    07-25-2008, 01:13 PM
Barbarosa-That cracked me

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