Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
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.