Knowing how to neck rein is a crucial part of learning how to ride in the Western fashion/way in most cases.
I have since went from English to Western and though most people find it easier, I find it to be a little harder.
Not a lot of Western riders "post the trot" but they "sit the trot". The first few times I tried this I bumped all over the place. It's acceptable to post the trot while riding Western, but there aren't a lot of "cowboys" who do this. Learning to sit the trot will be fun and I think it gives you a more relaxed ride on the trail.
I don't know about some of you, but when I began riding English I was taught how to direct rein. The majority of Western riders neck rein.
To properly neck rein I was taught for a right turn to lay the left rein against the horses left side of the neck. And for a left turn to lay the right rein against the horses right side of the neck.
If you don't get the turning motion you desire then you can apply pressure for a bend with your heel behind the girth to have the horse yield away from the pressure and complete the turn.
For example I want to turn right:
I lay the left rein on the horses neck and if need be apply pressure to the the horses right side to cue a bend.
And vice versa for a left turn.
Were you taught this way?
I was also told that if the horse is learning to neck rein that you can (for the right turn) lay the left rein against the horses neck, slacken the right (outside) rein and gently pull back on the right rein to get the horses head to turn in the direction you want to go. As soon as you get the horse to do any kind of turn in that direction let of the pressure on the right rein. And vice versa for left turns.
I have since been riding Western for 2 years and have had no problems neck reining this way.
My biggest issue now will be to get my "trail" horse I plan to purchase soon, to either direct or neck rein. She doesn't know which she wants to be, since most of her life spent on the trail was by inexperienced riders who either could neck rein some or just pulled the rein to the side when they wanted to make a turn.
So anyway, I would like to read about how you neck rein/drive :), sit/post the trot in Western. And any "Stories" for examples.
Thanks "Ya'll" ;)