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post #1 of 4 Old 04-19-2014, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Neck cues for a roping horse

I purchased a roping ranch horse out West to trail ride here in the South. Love this horse, he has all the abilities and attitude needed for mountain riding. On our first overnight camp out he threw a buck at a horse behind him, so I "Popped" him on the neck and shouted "No". He lunged forward like he had to get something fast. It then happened a second time. Keep in mind this is a level headed horse, he doesn't "blow". Someone mentioned that this may be a roping cue in regards to getting a cow. Any ropers out there have any insight? I don't want to confuse him.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-19-2014, 05:53 PM
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My daughter and I take lessons from a gentleman who is big time into roping. When you popped him in the neck did you unknowing squeeze with your legs or lean forward, but are signals to go forward in a hurry?
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His reaction sounds like that of a horse that simply doesn't know how to respond when being popped on the neck or he takes it as a cue to go. typically if kicking doesn't work or you want a horse to go forth quicker you give a pop on the neck with the reins. It's not a roping cue.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-20-2014, 07:03 AM
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It's not a trained cue but when you "pop" a horse you should get a reaction...I would just stop him and back him up several steps ...if he still kicked at the horse behind me I would pop him on the hind end and then back him up several steps .or if you have the room and a nice place to do it pull out and lope some circles on him I know if your trail riding you might not have the room or time to do this but if it continues to be a problem maybe you can set it up in a place where you can correct him easily
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