Hello… My name is Blake and I was raised near a small town in Southern Idaho. Our family owned a ranch on the Snake River, close to the town of Ashton and I learned to ride a horse almost before I could walk. Horses have always been a part of my life and I’ve been riding, training and working with them off and on since I was a teenager.
Over the past 50 plus years, I’ve learned that horses are a lot like people. Some are easier to teach or train than others… and some need to be worked with a little longer or in a different way. But, that being said, most horses are intelligent animals and almost all of them want to please you.
The majority of training problems occur when the trainer isn’t knowledgeable or smart enough to figure out a way to let the horse understand what the trainer wants him to do. Whatever it is you want to teach your horse, it requires you to have some measure of control over him. And, of all the things you teach your horse, I think the most important is for him to go where you want him to go.
Using neck reining to turn is like having a steering wheel on a horse. Without a ‘steering wheel’, you have no control over where you go. Neck Reining is one of the first fundamentals a western horse should learn. The horses ‘steering wheel’ is some type of bridle, side pull, bosal or hackamore with reins attached. The rider uses some form of these to control the horses movements.
The first horse I trained all by myself was a two year old appaloosa. He was super smart and I’m sure he taught me more than I taught him. One of the hardest things to get him to understand was how to neck rein. I began teaching him to rein using the direct or plow rein method. I pulled his head around in the direction I wanted him to go using the rein on that side. He caught on to that very quickly… but when I started to use the neck rein he became confused.
I tried every technique I had ever heard of, read about or was shown by knowledgeable trainers… any of which will work if you stick with them long enough. The one thing all trainers said about teaching neck reining, no matter who they were, was to have patience. Just keep working with the horse and if you gave them the same cue enough times they would learn. I did that… and eventually he learned to neck rein and do it very well… it just took much more time than I thought it should.
And with each new horse I trained, I noticed this same problem. Switching from using the direct rein to neck reining caused a period of confusion for the horse. I was sure the confusion was caused because I was giving him conflicting signals. I was asking him to turn one way while pulling his mouth and head in the other. I was sure there had to be a better way. If you’ve ever tried to teach a horse to neck rein I’m sure all of this sounds familiar. And you’re probably saying to yourself… okay, that’s the problem… is there a solution?
And the answer that that question is an emphatic yes!
For a horse, learning to neck rein isn't an instinctive process. But by keeping the training simple and avoiding confusion, most horses can be taught the basics of neck reining during the first day of training. In fact, I'd be very surprised if it even takes an hour. And every hour you save in training means more time you can enjoy... with family and friends... actually riding your horse.
For a horse, learning to neck rein isn't an instinctive process. But by keeping the training simple and avoiding confusion, most horses can be taught the basics of neck reining during the first day of training. In fact, I'd be very surprised if it even takes an hour.
And every hour you save in training means more time you can enjoy... with family and friends... actually riding your horse.
The Neck Reining Trainer will save you hours of training time... plus you will enjoy the satisfaction of doing the job yourself. Even if you have the money to hire someone else to do it... doing it yourself gives you a sense of accomplishment that money can't buy. Looking at a horse you trained and being able to say... 'I did that... and I did a dang good job of it too.' ...can't be measured in dollars.
You will even be able to teach colts and yearlings to neck rein before they are old enough to ride. This is an excellent training system to use on colts and yearlings as you begin their initial round pen training. Wouldn't it be nice if by the time they were old enough to begin riding, they had already learned the basics of neck reining? Using this system they respond to the neck rein the very first time they are ridden.
You will eliminate frustration for both you and your horse. When you use the Neck Reining Trainer your horse must respond. If you follow the simple steps I will show you... this system is so easy your horse can't do it wrong... and neither can you. Just remember, your horse usually wants to do what you would like him to do. And he already knows how to turn... you just need to have the tools to teach him when to turn and which way to go... and to do it when YOU want him to.
This system also works on horses who have been ridden but not taught to neck rein. And it works on horses who have been taught to neck rein… but who just haven’t quite figured out what you’re trying to get them to do.
Within just a few minutes your horse will be turning as soon as pressure is applied to his neck. Because of the way the system works, it will be the instinctive thing for him to do.