How excatly does neck reining work?

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    04-27-2011, 08:37 AM
Green Broke
How excatly does neck reining work?

Pretty much as the title says.

Just curious
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    04-27-2011, 08:56 AM
The horse is trained to move away from pressure. As the rein is laid on his neck, he moves away from the rein. It came about as the need for controlling a horse using only one hand - as in warfare and as cowboys working a herd. A neck reined horse is normally ridden on a loose rein since it isn't necessary to maintain contact with his mouth.

It is very useful to teach all horses including English ridden. There are many times when it is just convenient to be able to ride with just one hand.
    04-27-2011, 09:09 AM
BTW, what I should add is that it is used in coordination with the rider's other aids - weight, and leg.
    04-27-2011, 09:24 AM
Green Broke
Thanks I thought it was pretty much like that, I just seemed t be getting a picture in my head of someone wacking a horse with the rein, weird thought lol.

I actaully think Buzz is trained to neck rein but he hasn't done it for a few years, will probably give it ago next ride :)

So pretty much if I wanted to go left, I would put the right rein against his neck?
And then with weight put into my left side, not to sure what the leg aid would be maybe just on the right...
    04-27-2011, 09:36 AM
Pretty much. Just lay the rein against the right side of his neck to make a left turn and use your right leg against his side - remember he moves away from pressure.
    04-27-2011, 11:28 AM
Most horses I know that neck rein don't need the leg ques or anything.
I have a horse that you barly even have to touch her neck with the rein and she turns, depends on how much pressure you put on her neck to how much of a turn.
    04-27-2011, 06:19 PM
Remember when neck reining that if you pull the rein too far over the neck, the horse's mouth will be pulled the opposite of where you want to go, so keep in mind that it doesn't work with contact.
    04-27-2011, 07:47 PM
When I am showing someone how to ride my horse (as in a visiting friend for a 10 min ride in the corral, not a lesson), I find people can get confused about neck reining.
So I just tell them to use their rein hand and point in the direction they want to go. Works every time! Lol
    04-27-2011, 08:35 PM
I can ride my gelding with just a lead rope looped under his neck, when I want him to turn, I touch the opposite side of his neck.
    04-27-2011, 08:51 PM
Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
So I just tell them to use their rein hand and point in the direction they want to go. Works every time! Lol
LOL, that does work every time. Simplifies things in a way that a non-horsey person can grasp.

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