I study regular dressage, so naturally I've started this horse by having her accept the bit, then chew into it, taking a steady contact, so that she'd stretch and supple her back. This was important because of previous lamenesses, which had caused crookedness in her way of going, and development.
Anyway, she's a cute Western-type, and there are very-Intro level classes in the Western schooling shows, which we'd like to attend, just for the variety and fun of it.
But at her age, my horse needs to have a curb, and neck-rein.
I'm having a hard time convincing her that the neck-rein aid, with no contact, is as important as direct-reining. I can usually turn with seat-leg aids, along with the neck rein, but it's not a sure thing.
My question is, what's your "escalation of the aid" for a neck rein? In schooling, I can tap her on the neck, but I couldn't carry a stick in a show, even a little one. I also sometimes direct-rein (I'm still using 2 reins, with an Argentine training bit, so I've got the snaffle to work with) but I'd rather not direct-rein with just a curb.