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    04-08-2010, 09:23 AM
  #1
Foal
Exclamation Training to neck rein??!!

The only problem my horse has is that he doesn't know how to neck rein, so I need some advice please.

P.s below is a pic of my poor boy when I first got him.
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    04-08-2010, 09:56 AM
  #2
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I teach side passing before I teach neck reining but start laying the opposite rein on the neck while direct reining.
Like I said I teach side passing before neck reining and then when you turn left by direct rein I also move my right leg back slightly behind the girth, just so he feels it and moves slightly to his left.
The combination of direct reining left, the right leg slighly pusing left and the right rein touching the neck soon gets the horse turning left.
I find the horses respond to the leg just as quickly as they do to the rein.
So train yourself as you train the horse.
Months down the road of just riding like this the horse learns to move off the rein, off the leg.
Do not push with the rein since it cause a direct rein effect on the bit causeing the horse to tilt his head in the wrong direction.
Very few horse really neck rein well. By well I mean head turned in the direction they are turning, body rounded and you are able to see the corner of the eye in whatever direction you are turning.
Watch old westerns on TV and see how NOT to have a horse turn properly.
     
    04-08-2010, 09:57 AM
  #3
Yearling
I taught Spike to neck rein in 2 days with this method. Have him in a plain snaffle, no curb. While riding at a walk, steer him english but also lay the opposite rein against his neck, basically neck reining at the same time. Give him time to get used to that, lots and lots of turns. Do it again the next day, and eventually just stop pulling on your inside rein until you are only neck reining. Worked for me.
     
    04-08-2010, 09:59 AM
  #4
Foal
Okay thanks for the advice :)
     
    04-08-2010, 10:02 AM
  #5
Yearling
Thanks for asking this.... I am teaching Citrus to neck rein and it is absolutely true he moves away from leg easier than rein.
     
    04-08-2010, 10:05 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
I taught Spike to neck rein in 2 days with this method. Have him in a plain snaffle, no curb. While riding at a walk, steer him english but also lay the opposite rein against his neck, basically neck reining at the same time. Give him time to get used to that, lots and lots of turns. Do it again the next day, and eventually just stop pulling on your inside rein until you are only neck reining. Worked for me.

Thanks for helpin me out. Im going to try that this weekend.
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    04-08-2010, 10:35 AM
  #7
Yearling
Thanks kjs. I am going to defer to Riosdad, he grasps the nuances and inner game so much better. Wish I had someone like him around when I was first learning to ride, and when I first got Spike.
     

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