Has anyone used Mecate reins to teach a horse to neck rein. I have seen an article suggesting it is quicker with these reins
I also like the concept of being able to do groundwork straight away if his butt needs a small kick.
I have used both mecate reins and leather split reins and didn't really notice that they made neck-reining training any easier. I have heard that "horsehair" mecates are the best for it because they are prickly, enabling the horse to feel every movement better than just a nylon mecate but I can't use the horsehair as my hands are too sensitive and I don't like wearing gloves.
I ride with the mecate on my snaffle bit. If you use it do do ground work your horse may become confused unless he can follow your "feel" because you will only be tied to one side of the bit with the mecate. I also like that I can change the lenght of my reins depending on the horse and the situation. Don't forget to buy the slobber staps also. They are usually not sold together.
I have seen a set of Burwash (TM) macates reins with built in slobber straps they are not horse hair which is a shame. I think horse hair would be really difficult to find where I am.
My horse has a really soft mouth and so I hardly touch my reins and mainly ride with my legs. I'm unsure if this extra weight to one side will confuse him? Has anyone found this to be a problem. I was going to put the extra weight in my pocket.