Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Okay, so I have something interesting, but a little off topic to share...vida made me think of it...
When I was at a NATRC competitive trail ride, either the vet or horsemanship judge (I can't remember which) told us that we should not neck rein on the trail, but instead ride two handed because if you ride with only one hand on the reins, it will throw your spine/body position slightly off center, and can make your horse sore on really long rides! Cool huh :)
Anyway, you can also work at neck reining by doing your direct reining work with your hands progressively closer together. I also agree that you should use your legs to reinforce the neck rein cue. :)