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post #11 of 18 Old 11-06-2008, 09:38 PM
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I think shes just as wide as tall!!!

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post #12 of 18 Old 11-07-2008, 03:51 PM
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I barely know how to drive, but the belgian mare at our barn is pretty bombproof so I've learned how to drive her around in our little yellow cart.
Haw - left
Gee - right
whoa - stop
and we say walk for walk, trot for trot
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-09-2008, 03:30 PM
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I guess I am just plain all I have ever used was

Walk for walk
trot for trot
canter for canter
woah for stop and ho for slow down
kissing or clucking to get different speeds within these gaits

I train all my minis to respond to these commands from the time they learn to lunge. I had to many problems with other people in the ring clucking and kissing to their horses and mine would break gait because they thought it was me asking for a command. Now my horses know that if they do not hear any of these words that they should now listen to the command. It also helps when the ringmaster calls for a command, my horses are already in the process of switching gaits before I even ask.

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post #14 of 18 Old 11-09-2008, 06:45 PM
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yeah just like whitertashwarmblood....i use

"G" for right
"HA" for left.
then just plain old whoa to stop.

this is for our perchies :)

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For the upward transitions I use one cluck for a walk, several clucks for a park gait, and for the road gait I use a "ssssshhhhhtttttt" noise. I like to use that because it is specific for driving, I don't use it under saddle. No one else in the class uses it so my horse listens only to me. He knows to pick the pace right up when I make the noise and I get a great relaxed response from it. To go from a road gait down to a park gate I say "hey" once and it really only takes once. To walk I just say walk. For a stop I say whoa. I use noises to go faster and words to slow back down and it works very well for me.
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post #16 of 18 Old 11-26-2008, 08:35 AM
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My trainer uses kisses and clucks, but I never could remember which for which, let alone remember to USE those commands. So my horses then learn my commands once they're home ;)

I say:
Walk on: walk obviously ;)
Terr rot: trot
Get up: canter
GO GO GO: gallop or gallop faster ;)
Switch: to change leads quickly, as I do combined driving and fly around the course, this lets Chili know we're about to change directions NOW
Tight: a tight turn around something, again because of the combined driving (I'm very competitive in it, and we always have the fastest cones course, and it's clean, and that is out of ALL the horses: minis, ponies, and full size! So those last two commands help Chili know what I'm asking for so we can do it smoother and nicer to him)
Ho: stop
Stand: stand ;)
Back: back ;)
Easy: relax

I think that's it...
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post #17 of 18 Old 11-26-2008, 08:35 AM
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Oh I do use kisses to get them to lengthen their stride
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-01-2008, 02:39 PM
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I use "Walk on" to move out at the walk from a standstill.

Except for with my Mule: "Millie Gee" is what she understands for "Walk on" and I use her name preceding each command.

"Gee" ~ rt
"Haw" ~lt
"C'mon back" for multiple steps back until I say whoa.
"C'mon Gee" and "C'mon Haw" for multiple steps til I direct them otherwise.
"Steady" to get them to settle down into the gait when they are getting anxious to go faster.
*Kiss* to edge them a bit faster into the gait they're in when they're wanting to slow down.
"And Trot"
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