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post #1 of 7 Old 03-02-2009, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Neck Reining help!

I know, this has probably been asked several million times. :P But I couldn't find a post about it! I gave up after like 8 pages of searching, lazy I know.

Anyway, I would like to teach my Standardbred neck reining. How would I go about doing this? Do I need anything special? Any tips or links to pages with info would be GREATLY appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-02-2009, 11:16 PM
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Very simple! :) Just takes patience and repetition.
Hop on, and go for a walk.
Say you're walking around with your right hand on the inside, and you want to turn left. Lay the right rein across the neck, then follow up with a touch on the left rein. Once he responds to a turn, release and walk straight. Repeat again, also making sure that your right leg is asking him to turn as well. Do this both sides.

A horse that neck reins really well should also have learned to move only his shoulders on command.
If you can do turn on the hind quarters, it will make your training alot more simple for the horse.
To get the best, clearest results only move your hand across perpendicular to the horse's neck, and with no angle like towards your hip. The higher up the neck, the more response you will get.

You want to make sure that your horse isn't leaning forwards when you turn. If so, back him up a step to re-direct his balance. If a horse is down in front, and you ask for a neck rein, he will most likely turn off his front feet, which gets more turn from behind than in front. So make sure his balance is on his hind end.

Once he understands that the rein across the neck means turn, you can start to fade away the use of the direct rein.

To help the shoulders move, you can carry a whip if your horse tolerates it, and at the same time you are asking for a neck rein, you can tap his shoulder to help him further his understanding on where he needs to move from.

Your horse should not have his head bent to the right, if you are trying to neck rein to the left. Maintain a straight line from his withers to his ears, and make sure he is bending his neck in the direction he is turning. If you ask for the neck rein, and he does bend his neck the opposite way, you just touch the direct rein to straighten him out. The more in-line he stays the better it will get.

Good luck, hope that explains enough!

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post #3 of 7 Old 03-03-2009, 02:51 PM
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How do you ride him now? Direct rein only or do you use your seat and legs?
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-03-2009, 02:58 PM
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There are some of my posts in this thread about neck reining. I will just post the link instead of retyping everything. You can also do a search of the posts for anything involving neck reining.

What should I do..?
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-03-2009, 08:26 PM
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As koomy56 said, the combination of rein on the neck, a light direct rein, and leg is what we do to train our young ones, and they have all caught on very quickly. The more you do it, the lighter in the mouth and more responsive they get.

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post #6 of 7 Old 03-03-2009, 08:34 PM
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To teach a horse to neck rein, plow rein and begin to neck rein at the same time so the horse gets used to the feeling of neck reining. After a while, the horse will respond to only the neck reining. This is the most simple way to teach a horse to neck rein. This has worked for all 8 of my horses! Hope it works for you!
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-04-2009, 01:20 PM
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You have gotten lots of good info here. I will just add, it helps to use a heavier rein than normal. Your horse will feel the reins easier the heavier the reins are. I like a nice thick rope rein. You could just for the training time, rig up a lead rope as reins.
I also have used a slight rubbing motion on the neck with the reins to make sure the horse feels it when your first starting out.

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