Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Because neck reining is a simple command, most horses catch on to the basics fairly quickly but they must have learned to move away from pressure during their ground control training where you developed independent control over each segment of your horse's body; his head, neck, shoulders, rib cage and haunches. Please know that the Ground Control exercises/drills must parallel the maneuverability and basic man oeuvres of Body Control in the saddle including aids & cues.
I assume that you have completed the Ground Control exercises/drills so now the steps you should be using to train your horse in the saddle will be logical and progressive to your horse. Beginning with lateral flexing, softening the horses face, Turning and Guiding, Softening and Stop, Softening and Backing, Collection Backing Up, circles/patterns etc.