How do I teach my horse to neck rein faster?

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How do I teach my horse to neck rein faster?

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  • 2 year old horse knows how to neck rein
  • How to get horse to neck rein better

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    06-23-2012, 10:07 PM
How do I teach my horse to neck rein faster?

I've been working on it for a really long time with my horse and she's barely beginning to learn. Once I move barns, I'll be able to work with her more consistently, but I'd like to know different methods.
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    06-23-2012, 10:10 PM
Green Broke
What are you currently doing?
    06-23-2012, 10:18 PM
When I began riding her, I direct reined her but I've pulled both reins to one side for a while. I've gradually pulled more on the right rein to turn her left and left to turn her right.
    06-23-2012, 10:20 PM
There is no "fast" ways. You need to teach your horse lateral movement and flexing, how to respond legs, seat & calf pressure, softening at the poll and the jaw and then how to give to both reins used simultaneously. All this takes time and how much time depends on the trainer & the horse.
    06-23-2012, 10:25 PM
I have found that a good way to teach it relatively quickly is on the trail. At every bend, twist, corner, etc, neck rein around it, using the appropriate leg pressure as well. Neck reining when it is impossible for the horse to do anything other than what you're asking for really seems to reinforce what you want. So if you're on a nice narrowish trail, and it curves to the right, you would be lightly neck reigning to the right, using your legs to bend and move the horse at the same time. As you approach an intersection, apply neck rein first and then lightly apply direct rein if you don't get an immediate response. The most recent horse I taught this to picked it up very well on one 3 hour trail ride. Once they get the concept, refining it becomes much easier.
    06-23-2012, 10:36 PM
Thanks! I don't mind being patient but I just wanted some new ideas so she can understand what I'm trying to do. Other ways might work better for her. I'll try the trail idea. I also got the idea of setting up cones or barrels to make her turn around. I want to work on her turning because she's lazy from the winter. Would that be a good idea? I normally just walk her in circles, figure 8's, or on the trail.
    06-27-2012, 05:56 PM
Green Broke
I do think that is a good idea..:) my gelding sunny didnt know how to neck riegn when I got him as a 3 year old 2 years ago.. What I did was instead of pullimg on both sides as you went to turn I would PRESS the outside reign agaist the neck as I went to turn.. He also does rollbacks sort of lol from me using leg cues.. So I would use leg cues as ell. Now he necks nicely:)) hope this helps
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