Originally Posted by Jillyann
Painthorse, that's how I am starting to do it! She seems to understand it more and more everytime I use this method, but im just not consistent with it. I use direct rein more then I use this method if that makes any sense.
In my experience it doesn't matter if you use neck reining for every turn or not...just be consistant that if you do have the rein on the neck, you do get the turn.
These are smart animals and usually pick up multiple cues for turning without much trouble...direct rein, neck rein, leg, seat, and verbal commands. With enough riding you'll see that a very seasoned horse will actually anticipate the turns from a lot of very subtle changes in the rider.
It may also help if your horse is pretty light in the mouth to start...I'm sure our mares prefer a neck rein cue over getting in their mouth at all.