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        03-04-2010, 08:35 PM
    I picked it up from my lessee, Linda. She "purrs" (It's a quick "prrrrrp!" sound) to signal Denny to transition downwards. I caught myself doing it today.... haha

    ETA - it's not exactly what like Anky does.... ours is not as ... catty...? It's a bit lower.. if that makes ANY sense... haha
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        03-04-2010, 10:09 PM
    It's called a trill! Like the spanish "rr" ....I can't make that noise for the life of me. I've never heard of it being used to stop a horse!
        03-04-2010, 10:19 PM
    There is 1 person at my barn that makes a weird noise when she wants her horse to stop - moronic if you ask me. It's like this high pitch trill - weird sound...annoying too.

    I use my seat, knee's and core to ask my horse to stop - no voice.

    Could you imagine riding your dressage test, going PURRRRRR whenever you want to down transition? LOL.

    I think it is.......out there.
        03-04-2010, 10:32 PM
    A high-pitched quick sound like that is the opposite of what I use to slow/stop my horse. I'm pretty sure he'd want to speed up if I made that sound. If I want Caleb to slow down I usually use a very low soft hum or talk to him in a deep quiet voice.
        03-04-2010, 11:25 PM
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    It is an affectation that annoys me greatly. Unfortunately, it has become sheik in many dressage circles. I've never seen any signs that it calms a horse in any way.

    BTW, I would never do something just because Anky (or anyone else) does it. Watching that video reminds me of much I disagree with there. But, that has been beaten to death elsewhere.
        03-04-2010, 11:31 PM
    I don't understand why it has become "the thing to do" in the dressage world, when you cannot use your voice what-so-ever while doing dressage tests....that makes no sense.
        03-04-2010, 11:47 PM
    Just as an aside.. I only use voice commands on the lunge line. When I'm super talkative one day I might use it undersaddle, but.. meh. It's just another training tool, I really don't see the harm in it =\
        03-05-2010, 12:22 AM
    A couple of girls at my old barn, who were on the Young Riders team, did it a lot to signal a downward transition. Someone must have taught my horse this too, because he responds very well to it. I only use it when he is excited and jigging a lot, or gets too squirrely at the canter. I will admit to using it when I lunge as he is very responsive to verbal cues on the ground, but I get some weird looks from the girls at my new barn!
        03-05-2010, 12:22 AM
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    Wow, this thread took off like wildfire!

    Thanks for the thoughts everyone! I always just found it a funny and odd thing the few times I have heard people do it. And then I started to wonder if maybe everybody new about it except me, lol!
        03-05-2010, 12:24 AM
    I have heard it used by my trainer as well. Every now and again I catch myself doing it too. LOL
    Funny how we pick things up.
    In fact I had not heard anyone else doing it before and then I watched the vids you posted with Anky. I actually had to put it back and listen again because I was shocked that she did it...
    I e-mailed it to my trainer and told her to listen for it. And also because I thought the vids were interesting even tho I do not agree with anything to do with Rolkur and hyperflexion of a horses neck.

    But purrrrp brrrrp away


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