Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The way I've taught horses to neck rein is to introduce neck pressure along with direct reining and my other aids and slowing move away from using a direct rein. Neck reining is not moving the rein across you horse's neck but rather just touching him with it without going across more then a inch or two. When starting a horse in neck reining I like to use a heavy set of wide reins so that there is a solid feel for my horse.
Your horse is moving off the pressure, or rather, the feel of the rein and your other aids. If you are moving your outside rein further then an inch or so beyond his neck then you are right - you will be confusing him by pulling his face in the opposite direction.
Remember to keep a loose rein so that when you lay the outside rein on his neck, you will not be affecting his face.
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