Okay, I must admit I ride western and don't know anyone who rides English, at least not for the past 15 years or so. And the girl I new way-back-when who rode English was a trail rider like myself.
So I have been watching some horse videos, and today a little RFDTV and everytime I hear an English rider do that "purring" sound to stop the horse, it kind of surprises me and makes me laugh.
Is that something all English riders are taught? Where did that usage come from, is it a European thing maybe? I have only ever heard riders use the word "whoa" out here in Arizona. But everyone I ride with rides trail and western.
I'm not sure I could make the purring sound if I had to! So is that a common command for "whoa" and I have just never been exposed to it before?