bending the neck
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

bending the neck

This is a discussion on bending the neck within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Bendinf the neck horse
  • Tieing the reins to the saddle

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-27-2010, 06:56 AM
  #1
Foal
Question bending the neck

I am having trouble getting my gelding to bend his neck when he turns to the left. I want to train him to run barrels since he's got good foundation quarter horse lineage, but how am I going to get past this obstacle?? Your training tips are very much welcomed!!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-27-2010, 07:31 AM
  #2
Started
Stand at his side, on the ground, and take his rein, pull it back towards you so he learns to give to pressure and will help stretch those muscles. Do it on both sides.
     
    07-30-2010, 04:13 PM
  #3
Weanling
First, I would rule out any physical issues. My friend's horse had a twisted and compacted vertibrae near her poll that was making it difficult and painful to flex to the left. A good chiropractor can evaluate.

If there are no physical issues, I would start as White Foot has suggested asking for the flex on the ground. If your horse is OK with this, you can loosen him up before a ride by tying the reins to the saddle and letting your horse circle for a little bit in his stall. Only do this if he can easily flex from the ground and also take it very slowly !! You tie one rein (with some slack) to the horn and tie the other rein to the back cinch D ring so it requires your horse to bend his nose in that direction. Ask him to walk in his stall and the bend caused from his rein will promote walking in a circle. As he gets better and more supple, ask for a little more bend each time you warm up. Make sure to ask for the bend in both directions. When you get in the arena to warm up, ask for a lot of flexing and bending. Lastly, when you work the barrel pattern, walk around the barrel to the left and exaggerate the flex. Once your horse gets looser and more balanced in circles, he should have not problem getting flexed around the barrel.
     
    07-30-2010, 04:32 PM
  #4
Trained
Pop the rein and until he turns his nod into the flexion, then release. Eventually you should be able to bend all the way around and loosen those muscles.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    07-30-2010, 07:15 PM
  #5
Foal
Awesome guys- Thanks for all the helpful advice!!
     
    08-17-2010, 09:17 PM
  #6
Foal
Instead of "pulling" the rein forcing the horse's head around, you want the horse to "give" instead of just following your hand. I would say put just enough tension for your horse to feel it in the rein, and then rest it next to the horn on the saddle to create kind of a wall. As long as the horse pulls the other direction, doesn't do anything, etc, etc, leave your hand there and keep the medium tension in the reins. As soon as you feel the horse "give", turn its head towards you so the rein has slack, or you feel a release of tension in the rein, release. Kind of the same process as others said, but wait for the horse to give BY ITSELF, instead of YOU making the horse give by pulling the rein.

Hope this helps, and good luck!!
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bending? stormyweather101 Horse Riding Critique 4 04-09-2010 05:02 PM
Would a neck sweat help his neck? paintluver Horse Riding Critique 31 02-28-2010 01:04 AM
Bending help Meaghan1011 English Riding 10 02-03-2010 04:24 PM
Lowered head/neck and ears pinned to neck coffeemama Horse Training 12 11-07-2009 02:16 AM
Bending help, please. x.x Twig English Riding 14 09-06-2008 07:57 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0