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post #1 of 5 Old 02-09-2014, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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What are the "proper" whistle commands for Quadrille?

I am now a part of a Quadrille group, yay. We have finally figured out the best lineup for our horses (OTTB's and a rescue paint) as some sort of "feed" off of each other. And now that the line up is settled I have come to find myself the lead horse, what the heck?

Mind you, NONE of us have ever done quadrille before, only watched. We are kind of putting everything together and learning the test (basic) ourselves. We will have help from a trainer for an hour in about 2 weeks but we need to pretty much have everything down by then so that we can concentrate on spacing, etc. I know we can use a whistle, and I have watched Youtube vids with the whistle in use but...I would really like to know if there are certain whistles for certain movements? I've noticed sometimes I hear one tweet and sometimes 2.

As the lead horse/person I'd really like to make sure I am leading my team correctly. Thank you for any help.
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I have never used a whistle, or seen one being used. The trainer, during practice, would act as a caller. If still required, would call when we ride for the 'show'.

You just have to be aware of your partner horse, and the horses behind you. Leave enough room, and be able to speed up or slow down when required. If you're both doing a turn together, then naturally the horse on the inside will have to slow down where the horse on the outside may have to shift a bit more to keep up.

There are many things you can do, but I would keep it simple until you are all managing to keep an eye on each other and staying at the same pace and distances, then add more difficult things in.
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Yeah when I did a quadrille like 10 years ago we basically all just memorized the pattern and went for it. No whistle.
We did have some music I think? Only practiced like 3 times before the demo though haha - but we all got our pattern at the beginning and memorized it so the practice was only really "don't get to close to the mare" lol.
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I haven't ridden quadrille but did mounted drill team which I gather is a bit similar. We couldn't rely on a whistle because of the crowd, we preformed at a rodeo, so the routine had to be memorized.

We did have some whistles as back up/safety, especially at practice. One tweet meant turn or basically "begin the maneuver" while two tweets meant "stop where you are because there's a problem".
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