English horses should all really be able to turn off leg cues - using reins only is not a good way to steer them
I'm no western rider but I teach my horses to neck rein - comes in useful if you ever need to ride with one hand only - I led all my children on their ponies off the horse I rode to start with and often exercised two horses together like it when there weren't enough hours in the day to ride each one individually
If you can get hold of some cones or markers start off using rein and leg cues then slowly reduce the sidepull action, lengthen your reins and introduce the neck rein
Ok do this in a round pen or arena not out and about.
Cross the reins under his chin then up to your hands, "neck reining" left turn, IE laying against the right of the neck, will also put tension on the left side of the bit, now repeat figure 8's a couple hundred times in different directions.
Method was described to me at last ride club meeting. I will be trying it out on my english trained arabian. We shall see how it goes.
Joe, I wouldn't advise doing it that way. They still don't learn how to turn off of the rein on the neck, they are simply pulled around by their mouth.
And, if you do at some point need to take up one rein for whatever reason, you can't because they are crossed under their neck. I've known a lot of people that would "teach" neck reining like that and I've never seen even one instance where the horse neck reined well after they were done.
Charley Horse, will your computer play videos directly on the youtube site?
If so, I'll embed the link where it will take you to the video on youtube instead of being in an open window here.
Dangit, having issues, give me a second....
Well, I guess it's not going to let me just give you the link.
So, go to youtube and do a search for Training Tips: Neck Reining and Pivoting, part 1
The video is by eXHorses.
Jaydee I'll have to wait till my Husband comes home this weekend w/the laptop to watch the video..Thank you for posting it but I can't watch it w/this computer..
Joe I thought that would be a good tip w/crossing the reins but smrobs may be right...If my horse were to spook "Which he does" Or just be plain ol naughty. I would need to be able to get control of his mouth. I still don't ride this horse alone he's 5yrs and 17.2hh...The only training he has had has been from me for the last year...Prior at 2 was sent off to a trainer to be trained but was left alone after that...
He does work off of the leg well. I am just playing with him till it clicks in his head..I hope he gets it soon because it would be nice to lead over the neck one handed..
Thank smrobs for the video - I just posted the direct link to the one she posted!!!
Good luck with the training - if your horse is very responsive to leg aids you might well be surprised at how fast he picks up the neck reining