Originally Posted by DarkChylde
So you teach them direct rining before you teach them neck reining? I mean, when you are saddle breaking them. I know how to train a horse to direct rein, but not to neck rein so I don't know either, I am english goin western.
Yes, After they know how to turn well w/direct rein and leg cues you can begin teaching them to turn with the neckrein cue. Some of it is body, that will be natural and doesn't need to be concentrated on other than to ride with focus. That means look where you want to go. Want to go straight, focus on a target in front of you. Want to turn change your focus to something in the direction you wish to ride toward. As you do this your body will naturally shift to help cue your horse. Now to the cues you will knowingly be giving. Start with the neck rein cue by laying the rein against the neck and look to the direction you wish to go. Then (IF NEEDED) give the leg cue that you have taught. If that doesnt get it, give the direct rein cue.
The trick is to always start with the "new" cue you are teaching, followed fairly quickly by a followup cue and lastly you use the cue you are not wanting to need to use at all. IE direct rein in this case.
Let us know how it goes.