|Non-USA 4 year old TWH, ridden in
mullen bit, no port, no curb chain, no shanks and western tennessean saddle
in corral, pastures, fields by intermediate rider.
Question: What is the best way to train my young walker to neck rein. He gets it sometimes, if that's the way he wants to go, and other times he seems to pull and fight the bit. I ride him with a lose reign and he responds fairly well with this mild bit which is solid and fairly thick. He is very gentle, willing, very calm under saddle and his gaits are fine, we just need some help with the reigning training, which I've never done before. He's been broke to ride for 1.5 years. He's a stout 15.2 HH (built a little like a QH)and is very strong.
From Panelist Lee
To teach any horse to neck rein, you teach him to work off your weight
and legs, not just move away from the rein against his neck. At a
slow, ordinary walk, begin to ask him to turn (say, to the right) by opening
the right rein, shifting your weight in the saddle a little to the right
buttock, and pressing into his side with the LEFT leg. At the same
From Panelist Laura
To teach your horse neck reining, it is probably easiest to just start
applying a little indirect rein along with your normal direct reining cue
- you will also give an outside leg cue. (This means that if you
are turning to the left, the left rein is your direct rein, the right rein