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post #1 of 4 Old 08-31-2013, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Training Neck Reining

Hi everyone. I was wondering how you teach neckreining to your horses. I have trained my very responsive horse to neckrein but she learns fast so it wasn't the difficult. I am having trouble though with a mare who is a little slow with everything. She is green.

Anyone have any tips? Thanks!

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-31-2013, 04:01 PM
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This is the basic idea behind how I do it. Leg and outside rein on the neck, reinforced by direct reining with inside rein. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Some horses pick it up in just a few minutes, some take a few sessions before they start to get it.
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Thankyou! I will try it!

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That is how I do it too. I use both hands at first. Lay the neck rein on and the leg on the same side. Then follow then the direct rein. Later as they learn it, you have to use the direct rein less and less. When I take the rein off the neck is the signal to quit turning. Do not put the rein against the neck harder for a tight turn. Use your leg to move the horse over, not the rein. It needs to be a light touch on the neck or you will affect his head movement. So for a half circle the rein and leg stay on the horse until the half circle is done. Then take them off. For just a slight change, I just use the rein and leg for a brief time until I get the degree of turn I want.
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