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    12-27-2008, 05:34 PM
Haha, if you want to do it that way, instead of crossing the reins over his neck, cross them under his neck. I've done that a few times as a quick fix, but its not the "correct way" and it doesn't really work well. What I did for my personal horse was first teach him to direct rein, which of course is the easiest. Then I got him moving off my leg. After you have those 2 things, teaching them to neck rein is easy just like everyone else said. But seriously, try crossing the reins under his neck, not over.
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    12-28-2008, 08:32 PM
The best way that I have found to teach a young horse to neck rein is lots and lots of circles. Start using direct reining with minimal pressure on the outside rein and slowly release the pressure on the inside rein until they are working only on the outside rein. Once they have the idea, for moments of confusion, you can use leg pressure or a direct rein to give them a clearer cue. Me however; I only use leg cues to ask for a lead change or a sidepass. I don't usually use leg cues for turning.
    01-05-2009, 05:07 AM
I did cross them under his neck. How woud I cross them over his neck. Well seems to work 4 me puts more pressure on the neck and he seems 2 understand
    01-09-2009, 07:47 PM
I taught my 5-year-old mare to neck rein by applying pressure on her neck (to the outside of a turn) with the reins, gently lifting up on the inside rein, and using leg pressure. Progress started out pretty slow, but after a month or so, she really caught on to what I was asking of her. I gradually stopped using the inside rein, then once she was good with that, I stopped giving her a leg cue as well (for training purposes). I now ride her without much use of the reins as she works off leg pressure beautifully. I'm not saying this will work for your horse, but it's just an idea.

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