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    04-30-2009, 08:00 PM
Neck reining

Just for the fun of it I'm teaching Painter to neck reign (just at the walk) He is getting the idea pretty well, but I have a question about it.

He likes to over bend his neck, and it's more pronounced for neck reining. He likes to bend his heads towards the rein pushing his neck (if I want him to go right he goes right with his head bent to the left). To fix this I give a quick soft pull to the opposite rein and he straightens out fairly well. Is this the right thing to do?

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    04-30-2009, 10:54 PM
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.

Good luck!
    05-01-2009, 06:06 AM
First, when you are moving the right rein, make sure that you are not pulling on the right side of his mouth. Neck reining should be done on a completely loose rein. It is not so much pushing their neck over with the rein as it is signaling them to move away from rein movement. When you are sure that the outside rein is loose, then just use slight pressure on the inside rein to signal what you want. Sounds like you have a great start, just keep up the good work.
    05-01-2009, 07:24 AM
Allright thanks guys! I'll try again with your advice in mind
    05-01-2009, 07:33 AM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
When you are sure that the outside rein is loose, then just use slight pressure on the inside rein to signal what you want. Sounds like you have a great start, just keep up the good work.
Actually it is the Outside rein that you signal the turn with - the one you lay against your horse's neck. You need to sure that the rein is very loose so that as you lay it against his neck you are not inadvertently pulling his head to the opposite direction of your turn.

A turn to the right means the outside rein (the left rein) is placed against your horse's neck. At the same time, you are using your outside leg (left leg) as pressure at the girth and shifting your weight to the right.
    05-01-2009, 04:50 PM
Yeah, that's what I meant but the outside rein needs to be kept loose and only moved against their neck. When you are initially training it, that is when you use the inside rein to show what you want.
    05-01-2009, 04:56 PM
Just a tip I think a heavier rein material like rope works best for the teaching phase. My mare has a really heavy mane that lays on her right side.

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