Originally Posted by Dusty and Olivia
Forgot to say
The main meaning of my method is, the acceptance of the transition from bridle to neck rope, then it will be from neck rope to seat and legs, then vocal commands(which I will slowly bring in throught the whole proccess) I do know that this will take time and paitince but that is what I want to put in.
Don't know what happened to my last response.
Anyway, yes, I ride with a neck rope a lot(not when out & about, for Justin). I also often will start a horse like this, after putting in the groundwork, including 'leading' the horse from beside & directing with the neck rope. Of course, you can start with a halter/bridle and 'progress' to a neck rope too.
Regarding what you've said above though, I wouldn't be 'transitioning from... to... to seat & leg aids - that is the crux of *good* riding control IMO & where I start - the horse will be well educated in yielding to various pressure before I get on & from my first time sitting on him I start reinforcing yields to seat & leg pressure. I use reins - whatever they're attached to - basically as a back up of my initial bodylanguage. I also don't tend to teach vocal cues differently or wait until other things are taught first(I'm a talker - can you tell by my writing style??