Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
I've never neck reined, but my BO tells me that the way she taught all of her horses to neck rein is by taking the reins and crossing them once underneath the chin (so the rein coming out of the left side of the bit is in your right hand, and vice versa). I'm not sure how long you've been working towards neck reining, and whether this will mess up your training, but she seems really fond of it (as she's 83 and keeps talking about it every time I mention neck reining LOL).
Anyway, you ride with the reins crossed, but as if you were neck reining. The reason this works is because the horse will be getting a little bit pressure (because as you press the rein across the neck, it pulls slightly) in addition to the neck pressure, so they can help make the association.