|TroubledTB ||06-26-2009 03:28 PM |
When starting a western horse how do you use the reins?
When typically starting a western horse that will eventually neck rein do you start immediately with two reins in one hand or use both hands? I am a very experienced english rider that has dealt with young and green horses, but have recently aquired a project barn that needed a volunteer for their horse program. Most of the horses are donated by a cowboy and the people are accustomed to puttering around in an arena twice a month. The Cowboy who owns all the horses inisists they are completely trained western but I have a feeling, being the large guy he is, he hauls their neck to one direction or the other. I am not ooposed to using neck reining, but from the reining videos and competitions I have seen it is a very accurate steering system where the horse is extremly sensitive to feeling the reins on the neck, and its just a different cue being taught, instead of an inside outside rein combination to ask for the same movement. I also am curious how much leg yeilding is involved in more precise movements, because I am sure that some must be involved, but these horses are unresponsive. Help! I really want to educate these people more about the principals of riding, but I need to teach the horses it seems. Some of the people are not opposed to my methods, but I also want a leg to stand on when discussing western technique with the Cowboy because he is fairly closed off to English riding. I have ridden a few nice western horses and I can steer quite easily when they aren't the rental type western horses (which is what the Cowboys horses remind me of). Anyways, my original question turned into a plea for insight! I'm new here and needed a place to get some more general equine knowledge. Thanks! :twisted: