How excatly does neck reining work?

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

How excatly does neck reining work?

This is a discussion on How excatly does neck reining work? within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Pictures of neck reining using one hand
  • Double neck work (riding horses)

LinkBack Thread Tools
    04-27-2011, 09:37 AM
Green Broke
How excatly does neck reining work?

Pretty much as the title says.

Just curious
Sponsored Links
    04-27-2011, 09:56 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, 10:09 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, 10:24 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, 10:36 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, 12:28 PM
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, 07:19 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, 08:47 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, 09:35 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, 09:51 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.

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

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


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
neck reining islandponi Western Pleasure 8 04-20-2011 03:11 PM
Neck reining?!? amschrader87 Horse Training 9 11-21-2010 10:48 AM
Neck-reining tempest Horse Training 9 06-05-2009 04:19 PM
Neck reining 1dog3cats17rodents Horse Training 6 05-01-2009 04:56 PM
neck reining cheethamz17 Horse Training 13 01-09-2009 07:47 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:21 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0