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post #1 of 70 Old 03-04-2010, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Do all English riders "purrr" to stop?

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?
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I have no idea what your talking about, and I ride what would generally be considered english! I don't say anything to stop, I just ask with my aids :]

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I don't know, but I find it quite funny. xDD

I ride an an english/dressage barn and I only noticed my BO/trainer doing it last year and it's been passed on to a couple of her students. She usually only does it when she is lunging the horse or when the horse she is riding needs to calm down or slow down, not come to a complete stop.

I'm don't think I could "purr" either! I usually just say "easy" or "HooOOoo" and drag it out in a low tone. Works just as well, I think. ;)
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I know what you are talking about, and its more of a soothing sound than an actual purr. Its actually something a lot of people do in the European countries from what a trainer told me. I had honestly never heard anyone do it before her, which was why I asked her about it. Now how true her statement was I have no idea, but I know that she's trained herself with a lot of olympic riders from various different countries, so maybe thats where she got it from.
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0_o Post a video.


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Lol. I agree. I'd rather just say easy, or whoa, and drag it out a bit in a nice easy smooth tone, than try and imitate that "purring" noise. Besides I feel much less self concious saying something than I would if I were trying to "purr".
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I know what you are talking about, and its more of a soothing sound than an actual purr. Its actually something a lot of people do in the European countries from what a trainer told me. I had honestly never heard anyone do it before her, which was why I asked her about it. Now how true her statement was I have no idea, but I know that she's trained herself with a lot of olympic riders from various different countries, so maybe thats where she got it from.
That's interesting. Maybe that's how my BO/trainer picked it up because she got her formal training in England.
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I had an english trained horse several years ago. She only knew "halt" as a verbal command to stop. I still say halt once in awhile when I mean whoa.


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never heard of anyone purring at their horse. When my horse is worked up or I want her to whoa or slow down I say either "eeeeaaassyyyyy" in a very light tone or "whooooooa"

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I have never seen that before... hmmmm well I just pull back or squeeze the reins! My trainer says to say whoa but I don't really say it:)But I wanna see a vid.

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