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post #1 of 18 Old 10-25-2008, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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What Driving Commands Do YOU Use?

Lol, well, Allie (JustDressageIt) and I were discussing gait cues today and I mentioned some of mine...we figured they might just be driving lingo, since I'm such an enthusiast ;).

When my Vanners are pulling a cart or a weight, I use:
"Chee-yup" for walk (I only use this for draft)
"Cherry-up" for trot (I use this all the time - riding, lunging, draft, ya get it)
"Key-yaa" for canter (draft only)
"Halt" for "whoa" or stop (eeeeverything)
"Stand" for...well, stand (eeeeeeverything again)

What do you all use?

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-25-2008, 10:12 PM
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I use:

Walk- for walk
Click- for slow trot
Kiss or ill say UP, UP- for road trot
Easy- if she starts going faster then id like
Whoa- to stop
Back (and a little pull)- to back

Sometimes Ill have to us the reins and bump her to get her to get going a little more, it depends on the day and how relaxed she wants to be. I rarely have to us the whip but I always have it on the cart with me, more for the dogs that I encounter along the road

For riding though I use kissing to lope or canter, but when I compete for driving I've found that other drivers like to make kissing noises and the first time I competed she broke into a lope... but now I don't have any problems


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post #3 of 18 Old 10-27-2008, 01:19 PM
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for driving I use:
Cluck noise - walk on
Whuuup - trot
Haaphere! - trot on
Whoa - stop
Whoa now - stand/park

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How do you guys come up with these commands? They seem so random. I use:
"Walk" for walk
"Walk up" or ":kissy noise:" or both for walk faster
"Pick it up" or ":kissy noise:" or both for trot
"Ho" for stop
"Stand" for stand
"Step in/step out" for step in/step out

Although there is one horse named Hardy that I occasionally drive, and I can't get him to walk on any command but "Hardy harr."
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I got mine from trainers I learned from...although I guarantee if you hang around any saddlebred barn, you will hear WHUUP and HAAAPHERE!

different strokes, I guess

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Our Belgian mules that we used to have could go completely on voice commands.

Step up-- they would take 1 step then stop
Let's go-- walk
Let's go, come on-- trot and lope just with different levels of encouragement
Whoa- stop
Back up- back up
Tiny- turn left (Tiny was the mule on the left)
Buster- turn right (Buster was on the right)
Easy- slow down or go easy

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Here's Tiny. Sadly we had to put Buster down about 3 years ago because he got arthritis in his stifle so bad that he could barely walk. Beside him is his best friend and Mini burro Olen.
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that is the cutest picture I have ever seen. They are priceless!

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I love the pic also... I love how they have the ears tipped like into each other


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post #10 of 18 Old 11-06-2008, 02:12 PM
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I like the little one's belly

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