Right now, I'm working with a green broke mare on her transitions to walk > canter, and canter > walk. So far that's going well, though the main issue is she needs to learn to neck rein. I know a few things that help to train it, but is there a way I can really do it? I mean, I have a year or two to have her learn it, but honestly, I want her to learn it sooner so that way by the time my time is up, she'll be flawless with it and have no problems no matter how fast she is going.
What I have been doing is starting by touching her neck with the rein, in the direction I want her to go, if she doesn't, I put my leg on her, if she still doesn't, I tap the bit in the direction that I'm asking until she steps over and release the pressure, and continue to do that until she starts to do it without the bit being touched. Honestly, I'm not sure if what I'm doing works, but it worked on another gelding that we have, so I'm hoping it'll work with her. If there is a more efficient way of teaching her, I'd gladly try it.