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    05-16-2011, 07:19 PM
Does anyone grad the reins and smack one side of their neck?
My mare responds to that and runs pretty fast!
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    06-01-2011, 02:54 PM
Talking i do the same

Originally Posted by TeddybearLove    
Well my mare is a QH so if you don't kick she will just walk, lol she is very lazy when she wants to be.
I would understand how racehorse's don't really need a kick to run fast.
Same thing for my mare. They really need to know when to get going..especially in barrel racing! I do the same.. some horses just are harder to get into a diffrent gait! Like my QH :) racehorses are diffrent from barrel racers... I love my QH :)
    06-01-2011, 02:55 PM
Sometimes I do that with the if I think bout it :)
    06-01-2011, 08:00 PM
I use different techniques for different horses. Most you kick, others you use a quirt, others smack their neck/rump with the reins (we use split reins and barrel race for fun, so they're long enough) or use those for over/under. A couple horses all you have to do is give a hearty squeeze with your legs and a light kick; another all you have to do is kiss/cluck your tongue to them. It mostly depends on the horse. (:

For the most part, though, I combine the kissy/tongue clucking noises with kicking to get my horse to haul it!
    07-09-2011, 12:08 PM
My horse was born to run! Any chance she gets she is gone! All I do for her to run is lean forward and really loosen my reigns. Sometimes I squeeze or kick her too but there is no point becuse she runs her hardest anyway I just to it just in case :P

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