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post #1 of 24 Old 02-17-2008, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Neck Reining

I'd like to try and teach my boy to neck rein.. see in the summer I work at the stables for the holidays. I take rides out and we quite often have a horse on lead rein, most of the horses neck rein really well so it's blissful! I didn't normally take my boy out on the rides because he was so spooky and scared the customers :P but he's alot better now and I think he might be able to be a lead horse this year. It would be really useful if he could neck rein so how do I go about it? He hasn't had any experience of it before so it's completely new to him.. any advice would be great!

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post #2 of 24 Old 02-17-2008, 06:30 PM
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What I did to get my mare neck-reining was to just add in the pressure of the outside rein while asking the horse to turn, I.e. If you're turining right, you're using your right rein to ask the horse to turn, but also touch the left rein to the horse's neck while you're turning. Soon enough, pressure from the left rein onto the neck means go right, and vice-versa for the opposite direction.

If you need me to delve into it deeper, let me know :)


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post #3 of 24 Old 02-17-2008, 06:31 PM
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Just do both at the same time. Use your outside rein for direction while pulling him around with the bit on your inside rein. He'll pick up on it after a while.

Use the bit less and less and when he seems to be getting it, latch onto that and start to rely on the neck reining more. Give him time to recognize the cue you're trying for before using the bit if you think he's starting to get it. Once he realizes it on his own, he'll be good to go.
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post #4 of 24 Old 02-17-2008, 06:33 PM
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Haha I forgot to add... your horse should also respond to leg pressure and move away from it, so essentially you should be able to steer with your legs when you've established effective communication between you and the horse. Keep that in mind!


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post #5 of 24 Old 02-18-2008, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies, that was really helpful. (:
I'll have a go tonight.
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post #6 of 24 Old 02-18-2008, 09:10 PM
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Parelli teaches it like this. Have a little riding crop in your "neck rein" hand. As you apply pressure on his neck with the rein, the riding crop should move up beside his face (don't wack him accidently) and just sort of jiggle it there beside his eye. His natural reaction will be to turn his head away from it. And you know how it is, where the horses head goes, so goes his body. The minute his head turns away from the crop, drop it out of his line of vision and ease up on the neck pressure. Move him up a few steps then do it again. As he gets used to turning his head away, you can begin to maintain the pressure, both on his neck and at his face level so that he actually is turning a couple steps. After a while you will begin to be able to just use the rein as it starts to click in his brain.

I think that by using just one rein, you maybe also train yourself and get away from the habit of two handed reining.
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Just as everybody said, plow and neck rein. Pull one rein and also neck rein and your horse will eventually pick it up. Or else you could cross your reins so when you pull one rein it means go the opposite way, thus enforcing neck reining.

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Have a little riding crop in your "neck rein" hand. As you apply pressure on his neck with the rein, the riding crop should move up beside his face (don't wack him accidently) and just sort of jiggle it there beside his eye.
My mare would have absolutely flipped if I waved a crop in her face!


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post #9 of 24 Old 02-19-2008, 11:01 AM
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For years i'v tried to teach my show horse how to neck rein. But the thing was that he would neck rein some days and others he wouldn't. I changed his bit recently. Now he neckreins perfectly. He was lieing to me. He knew how to neck rein all along.
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post #10 of 24 Old 02-19-2008, 11:07 AM
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Parelli teaches it like this. Have a little riding crop in your "neck rein" hand. As you apply pressure on his neck with the rein, the riding crop should move up beside his face (don't wack him accidently) and just sort of jiggle it there beside his eye. His natural reaction will be to turn his head away from it. And you know how it is, where the horses head goes, so goes his body. The minute his head turns away from the crop, drop it out of his line of vision and ease up on the neck pressure. Move him up a few steps then do it again. As he gets used to turning his head away, you can begin to maintain the pressure, both on his neck and at his face level so that he actually is turning a couple steps. After a while you will begin to be able to just use the rein as it starts to click in his brain.

I think that by using just one rein, you maybe also train yourself and get away from the habit of two handed reining.
argh I don't like Parelli Sorry it's just some of his stuff is kind of weird. Justdressageit is right, I mean, wiggle a crop in front of his eye???? Weird. I say Harlee, tim, dressageit, and I all agree on what method to use, and Harlee's idea of crossing the reins also works if you are having trouble getting the message across to your horse.
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