So our first "Q and A" answer for Casey: Her question was "Is it difficult to re-train a horse to neck rain?"
It's no different than teaching it to any other breed of horse, but for some reason, a lot of people think a "race horse"
is wired differently from other horses.
Teaching neck reining is a natural progression that can be broken down into simple elements, as any other skill a horse learns. A Thoroughbred coming out of race training is accustomed to direct rein
cues from a snaffle bit, but is typically weak on responding to leg cues, as the shortened leg position of an exercise rider or jockey inhibits the use of leg as an aid. The horse has to learn to
work off leg pressure, combined with direct rein, before he can move on to understanding rein pressure across his neck.