So I really one day want to be able to ride my horse tackless. I think we can do it. Right now he neck reins pretty good, he listens to my leg, and he understands 'whoa' but it's not completely consistent. Where do you go from here? I know there's a lot more to do/learn than this, I was just wondering how I should go about it. Thanks!
The best way? Give him the good solid training that every horse should get. Teach him to be responsive to leg and seat cues and/or vocal cues. While you are teaching that, give the new cue and then reinforce it with the cue that he already knows. Do that enough and he'll start responding in the desired way to the new cue.
I did this with my moms little gelding he's 3 and we belive part mustang. He was broke around 2 years and 11 months, I got im when he turned 3 so he ahd a months training and you can do anything on this guy and he will listen for the most part and this fall I ran out of things to do in the barn so I got on him (never rode bareback) and without anything on his head or neck and rode him around, and was fine I wasnt worried he's pretty good with everything.
I would have someone watching, I've never used a neck rope wouldnt do well on him. And in a small area that's inclosed. I used a round pen and it worked well for me.