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post #11 of 18 Old 02-26-2012, 02:45 PM
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I can't say I have a particular way on how to train for it but there are two mistakes I see with greener riders.1. When they neck rein they drag their hand so far over the horses neck that the outside rein is being pulled, which just cause the horse to suck back. I think that's also why I see so many riders with horses that root their noses out whenever they are asked to turn.
2. In the training process a lot of riders never pay attention the horses nose, nose FIRST, not shoulders, not rib cage. I see it all the time, the horse is just throwing his shoulder into every turn.
I agree on the number 1, the rein hand should never really cross over the plane of the horse's mane, UNLESS you also have your leg engaged.

As for number 2, I disagree slightly. A horse's body position IS very key in neck reining. If you concentrate on JUST the nose, the shoulder and rib cages bulges out and the horse is merely turning it's head and neck. You want the horse's body to follow through the turn, which is why paying attention to the shoulder and rib cage is very important.
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-26-2012, 09:15 PM
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when you neck rein to the right,the left shank gets tight first,so his nose gets tipped in the opposite direction you want to go.two hand him tipping his nose in the direction you want to go with while putting the outside rein on the neck.use outside leg as well.before long,like gotadun stated,you can pick up your reins and guide him with leg pressure.
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I agree on the number 1, the rein hand should never really cross over the plane of the horse's mane, UNLESS you also have your leg engaged.

As for number 2, I disagree slightly. A horse's body position IS very key in neck reining. If you concentrate on JUST the nose, the shoulder and rib cages bulges out and the horse is merely turning it's head and neck. You want the horse's body to follow through the turn, which is why paying attention to the shoulder and rib cage is very important.
Totally understand, It just goes to show how much lateral work helps to make a better trained and efficiently moving horse.

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Totally understand, It just goes to show how much lateral work helps to make a better trained and efficiently moving horse.

Agree, Method I use on starting green horses is applying direct rein only after I have already asked with the opposite rein. I have a older mare I am working on at the moment for a trail horse and she is being a bit of a bugger. I did my second ride on her today and she is getting softer on the rein and responding alot faster, only thing is she is determined to circle and never pick a line and just go straight! Gonna keep working her and try and get it sorted. Anyone want to throw a trainer tip out there on keeping her straight? She is the first I have had this trouble with. Could be cause she is older. I dont usually mess with older ones, might be a older habit or something.
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Agree, Method I use on starting green horses is applying direct rein only after I have already asked with the opposite rein. I have a older mare I am working on at the moment for a trail horse and she is being a bit of a bugger. I did my second ride on her today and she is getting softer on the rein and responding alot faster, only thing is she is determined to circle and never pick a line and just go straight! Gonna keep working her and try and get it sorted. Anyone want to throw a trainer tip out there on keeping her straight? She is the first I have had this trouble with. Could be cause she is older. I dont usually mess with older ones, might be a older habit or something.
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What I like to do is find a narrow trail, I then "neck rein" them around every twitch in the trail. Your horse will quickly figure out neck reining because they have the visual reinforcement of the trail with what you are asking of them.
Exactly this, after a 3 hour trail ride our new (admittedly very smart) arab who had never neck reined, neck reins better than most "western" horses I've ridden, and although I ride primarily english, neck reining is a very valuable tool for closing gates, helping someone with a tack malfunction, etc. etc.
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do it in a snaffle. a curb bit is useless without the horse being efficient in neck reining. its actually hurts more than it helps until they neck rein.

i set up cones in a square and neck rein all one direction around the square then go back the other way. if she doesnt turn on the neck, i direct rein very lightly, increasing pressure until she begins then i release immediatly. do this while giving leg cues. some are qucker than others.

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Legs and seat, legs and seat.....

More detail? If your refering to my leg ques they are spot on same I have used for many many horses So thats why I would like more detail
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