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View Poll Results: Do you prefer neck or plow/direct reining
Neck reining 22 66.67%
Plow/direct reining 11 33.33%
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Old 05-06-2007, 05:54 PM  
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Neck reining or plow/ direct reining?

I was wondering what you prefer, Neck reining or direct/plow reining?
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Old 05-06-2007, 05:58 PM  
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Neck reining all the way! I am teaching Copperhead neck reining with leg cues.
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:02 PM  
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I like horses that can do both. But as a preference I guess I like plow reining better.
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:09 PM  
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I like a horse that can do both because I am in a drill team that carries flags so I need a horse that neckreins
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:30 PM  
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You have to do both, really, although I guess neck-reining is really unneccessary when you get right down to it. It's pretty much like power steering.

I do a combo of both on trails (this teaches all of my horses to neck-rein) but obviously for barrels you need to have a horse that is very responsive to direct reining as well as the "pick up and lift" to move over, which is similar to side-passing.
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Old 05-07-2007, 04:49 AM  
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I've always ridden horses that neck rein... I'm comfortable with it... I'm now looking at direct reining my pony Gideon, as he's been ridden, but has no idea what neck reining is, or leg cues for that matter! I hope it goes well!
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:27 PM  
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I ride using both though I use direct reins for more control and tighter turns.
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:22 PM  
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I prefer neckreining as I tend to multitask on horses. I am usually carrying something or doing something so neck-reining makes it alot easier.
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:45 PM  
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I prefer neck reining. My Morgan neck reins and my MFT plow reins.
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:34 PM  
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I like plow reining as everytime I ride I am training consiously or not.

Neck reining is saved for shows and when I'm lazy down the trail
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:35 PM  
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Leg and seat first - neck reining is a breeze to teach after that!
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:58 PM  
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I ride hunt seat, so Im going to say direct reining. When looking to purchase a horse though, I prefer that they are able to do both.
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Old 05-09-2007, 01:02 PM  
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I like to do both, but I ride mostly with my legs and seat.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:13 PM  
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It all depends on what you are doing. Since I ride Western, hunt, and saddle seat I have to be able to do both. Of course the horses learn to go very strongly off legs and seat. Looks much more polished if your horses can work more off legs and seat.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:49 PM  
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Smile neck reining

Legs and seat cues make it so much easier and more polished. I ride both English and Western
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:45 AM  
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Well, one is the progression to the next, if one eventually wants a horse that works well off odf the indirect rein. You don't start any horse just neck reining, western or english. You first use direct reining and apply the suppliness and body control to eventually be able to ride that horse one handed.
Any horse with some training can direct rein, but not all are taught to work soley off of the indirect rein. If one only rides English then to teach a horse to be ridden one handed off the indirect rein, and on a loose rein is not required
If a western horse reaches the age of being classified as a senior horse, then he is expected to be able to work correctly off of the indirect rein. Unfortunately this is not always so, as many horses are 'neck reined' without the proper training. They turn off of the indirect rein , but not in frame and with total body aleignment. A horse that truly neck reins, can be guided with one hand , on a loose rein, with that rein hand never moving more than an inch or so from the center of the mane, and can run reining patterns, do all transitions, good circles, flying changes, stops etc , without loosing form, collection and correct body aleignment. The term neck reining is actually a poor term, as so many assume that if you can sorta guide your horse off the indirect rein, he is truly broke to neck rein. It is much more than that, as the horse is by that time very soft in the body and attuned to leg and seat.
Since the horse during his training, also understands bit contact and direct reining, one can also ride them two handed in English, if one wishes to go All around. Course there are excercises for stride adjustment , going from one discipline to the next.
So, I have no preference, as each has its place. Certaining in training any young horse, direct reining is a basis. On my finished western horses , I expect them to reach the level where they can be ridden in all manovers one handed.
My husband's trail horse can 'neck ' rein-in the fact that he can ride him down the trail with one hand and lead a pack horse off of him with the other. I do not consider him really broke to neck rein though. Were you to try and ride him through an intricate pattern with changes of gait, you would probably need to reach for that second rein
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