hands closer and closer together.
Soon, my knuckles are touching so
that my hands are together as one.
The horse feels what he will feel
when I move to one hand, but I can
quickly reinforce if needed.
I then move to a “trainer’s
hold” on the reins—that’s where
you have the reins crossing over
the horse’s neck in a bridge,
holding with one hand in the
middle of the reins, palm down.
Then I’ll switch to the standard
split-rein hold later.
Depending on your horse’s age and
experience, your level of skill and
the amount of time you have to
ride, this process can be taught in
as little as three weeks or as long as
several months. A colt that has just
started learning any cues will take
a long time to learn the di;erent
rein aids. He needs to stay at the
beginning levels for quite some
time to make sure he has all the
fundamentals. If you are riding a
trained horse that knows the
leading rein well and just needs a
reminder of the neck rein, you may
be able to work through a step per
week. If at any time you need to
step back and remind the horse of
the new cue, switch back to two
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A reinforcement or reward (release) must come within three seconds
for the horse to learn, but the sooner in the three seconds, the faster the
horse learns. For instance, if you lay the neck rein on the horse and wait too
long for him to turn before reinforcing with the leading rein, he won’t learn
the neck rein as fast as if you reinforce that cue immediately. If the release
or reinforcement comes within a second, the horse will learn quickly.