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post #1 of 3 Old 06-21-2009, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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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...

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-21-2009, 09:19 PM
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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.

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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.
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