I thought those head setter things were used on barrel racers and not made out of cable. If someone wore a device like that in a show ring, wouldn't the judge realize it was because the horse was poorly trained? Man I'm learning so many things. And ledge I trained my first horse to neck rein by crossing the reins, and I still don't know why people quit that. I got the idea working at a Standardbred stable and hobbles used on pacers. It just seems so simple to me, rein pressure on right side pulls left side of head and then 'Oh THAT'S what you want me to do.' It's not harsh, just gives a good solid cue to begin with. I think I had him neck reining well in less than 2 weeks. I have even searched the internet looking for information on teaching reining that way, but all you see now are videos, etc. of 'rubbing' the off side with the rein while plow reining with the other. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with training neck reining that way but it seems to me it takes the poor horse a long time to figure out what you want. With crossed reins, you use more even pressure every time especially for those of us that don't have the steadiest of hands. I use a lot of natural horsemanship things with Sienna, which was unheard of then, and I think a lot of it is great. But why work with a horse for 3 months to teach neck reining when most horses can pick it up that way in a few days?
I showed WP as a teen and want to start again with Sienna, but just shows held at the barn where she is, not trying for a world championship, LOL. But I trained my own horse then too with the help of the stable manager. It's not as easy as it looks, and it's really not hard I guess. I used the same horse all summer and although she was really too 'free' a mover to make a good WP horse since peanut rollers had just come in vogue, we always did well. I can still remember one time I couldn't get her on the right lead no matter what I did. I'd tip her head a little toward the rail to start the canter which automatically put the right leg a little more forward. After all summer, this one day she just started on the wrong lead. Over and over. I must have stopped her 5 times and started her again, but the same thing. Never happened again. I just laughed. I mean what are you going to do? Horses have off days.
There was some wild and crazy things that went on then though. Things I wouldn't want to see brought back, drugging high strung horses, and a lot of people using harsh training methods. But this cable thing, that's no better than drugging them.