neck reining? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 06-21-2009, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 7,713
• Horses: 2
neck reining?

Yesterday I decided to try riding Lacey in a western saddle and she seemed to love it!
She kept yanking on the reins with her head like "C'mon Mom! I'm in a western saddle! These things attached to my face are supposed to be loose!" so I decided to try neck reining her and I found that she can neck rein very very well if I use leg cues but if I don't or if I'm not strong enough with them she gets all confused.

I tried direct reining while draping the opposite "neck reining" rein over her neck like I was using that one too and she'll probably figure that out eventually (does any one have any better suggestions?)

My question is should I keep using my legs to tell her which direction to go or should I just use the reins to tell her since she basically relies on my legs when I use them?

Also, when I let the reins loose she immediately dropped her head down farther than I would have liked. It was basically like she was doing one of those peanut roller thingies. Should I not worry about it? Her head comes up at the trot... I'm not sure if it's from her not using her rear or what since she definitely over reaches at all gaits...but maybe that has nothing to do with rear usage...

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Wallaby is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 06-21-2009, 09:19 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 0
That may be how she is comfortable at the walk. I would continue to do what you started. Ask her with the outside rein and if she doesn't respond, the give her another cue like "That is what I wanted you to do". It doesn't happen overnight but I am sure that she will catch on quickly.
smrobs is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 06-21-2009, 10:09 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Alberta
Posts: 296
• Horses: 0
It sounds like you're doing the right thing. I would first ask her with the neck rein and if no response tell her with the leg cue (fractions of seconds apart). It sounds like it won't take her long to figure out what you want. And with her head being held so low at a walk - I wouldn't worry about it, like smrobs said, she may just be comfortable this way.
Alicia is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Neck-reining tempest Horse Training 9 06-05-2009 03:19 PM
neck reining cheethamz17 Horse Training 13 01-09-2009 06:47 PM
Neck Reining WPshy Horse Training 4 08-01-2008 10:27 PM
Neck Reining Katie3480 Western Riding 12 05-07-2008 12:41 AM
Neck Reining ~MavvyMyBeauty Horse Training 23 02-21-2008 01:54 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome