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post #11 of 20 Old 10-09-2009, 08:11 PM
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I agree with the above, and also want to add something. When you put the rein on their neck, I put it on heavier and up higher on the neck, also I might rub it on their a little bit to exaggerate it a little at first.
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post #12 of 20 Old 10-09-2009, 08:38 PM
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You can probably get your horse to neckrein by yourself but it might not be a bad idea to send her to a trainer to fill in some of the things you missed, being your first horse training experience you certainly missed some. We all have.

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post #13 of 20 Old 10-09-2009, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I will give all the above a try...and as you said, Kevin, a trainer might still be a good idea for "rounding her out."

I actually got this horse as a 2 year old, and they said she "might be in foal" (as a TWO YEAR OLD ) and was "broke to ride," even though she still reared on the lead rope.

Thank goodness she wasn't in foal, since she's a baby herself. We've come a long way, but we both have a lot more to learn.

I have some free time this fall, so I'll see how we can progress with the neck reining.

And any more tips are welcome, keep them coming!
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post #14 of 20 Old 10-10-2009, 07:05 AM
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Good luck! I want to teach Pumpkin to neck reing.

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post #15 of 20 Old 10-11-2009, 02:24 AM
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All of the advice so far on this thread is good. Another thing to try is to ride into the fence at a 90 degree angle. The horse will "lean" in one direction as it approaches the fence. Cue (neckrein) the horse in that direction as soon as you feel the horse lean. After doing that a few times, try cueing him before he leans. If he needs help, as per prior advice, help with the direct rein. When he is good at that (several days or weeks), ride him into the fence again until he starts to lean, then cue him in the opposite direction.

I don't really work on neck reining until I've ridden the horse several years in the snaffle and/or bosal.

After he starts neck reining pretty well be careful not to put much pressure on the rein as you cue him. If you do it will tend to pull his nose in the opposite direction of the turn. For example if you cue with pressure with the right rein to turn left, you will tip the nose to the right as he turns (left). You want the nose to tip in the direction of the turn. Just lay the rein on the neck. I use the direct rein a lot at this stage to support the indirect rein after the cue if he does not tip the nose away from the indirect rein.

It's not that hard. It takes a little time and patience. Good luck.

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I don't really work on neck reining until I've ridden the horse several years in the snaffle and/or bosal.

After he starts neck reining pretty well be careful not to put much pressure on the rein as you cue him. If you do it will tend to pull his nose in the opposite direction of the turn. For example if you cue with pressure with the right rein to turn left, you will tip the nose to the right as he turns (left). You want the nose to tip in the direction of the turn. Just lay the rein on the neck. I use the direct rein a lot at this stage to support the indirect rein after the cue if he does not tip the nose away from the indirect rein.

It's not that hard. It takes a little time and patience. Good luck.

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I'm the same. It takes years to teach a horse to neck rein properly. I don't mean turning the horse but actually have the horse try to stay between the reins and tip the nose, round the neck and body to match. When you neck rein you want to see the nose and the corner of the eye and the neck must form a arc. Just the movement of the hands off the center should get the horse's head turning in the direction of the offset of the hands. I know very few horses that actually neck rein properly but alot know how to turn but they are stiff and actually tip their heads to the outside of the turn.
It is not a simple thing for a novice to teach.
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post #17 of 20 Old 10-12-2009, 04:02 PM
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My three year old neck reins pretty well, and I didn't really even think about teaching him when I 'taught' him... I just, with regular riding, whenver we had to turn, I'd direct rein with one rein and lay the other rein across his neck... without thinking about it... he picked it up really well and will do both, neck rein and direct rein...

Which is good, considering I don't completely neck rein or direct rein when I ride... I combine them and do a bit of both... lol.

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post #18 of 20 Old 10-12-2009, 06:00 PM
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It's easy as pie! Everyone has given good advice, I just want to add, never underestimate the power of opening your inside rein. Even without using it as a direct rein, opening it gives the horse a 'free space' to move their shoulder into, and clarifies the signal a lot.

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post #19 of 20 Old 10-12-2009, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much everyone. Awesome advice, and I should get a chance to try it out next week. I'll let you all know how it goes.

I just like doing any learning process with my mare, she is SO willing to learn. It's fun for both of us...she has always run up to the fence when I go see her, but now she's getting to the point where she's like, "Hey! Where's my halter? Let's do something!" Which is really neat, because I can already see such a difference in her when I got her in January. But sometimes I can definitely tell she wants a job to do, which I think is pretty normal for horses. I just figured this one might be a fairly harmless one for us to try.

LoL, I'm sure I'll be posting more and more questions as time goes on...as long as she's willing to learn and I have the ability to teach her, I sure don't mind trying.
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Ditto wild spot! I teach it by giving a nice soft leading rein also. It encourages that nicely tipped nose and reinforces the indirect rein. Just be patient, it will come!

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