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post #61 of 70 Old 03-15-2010, 12:20 AM
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That's strange, I've never heard of that. My horse tends to go really fast, I would try it except people might think I'm crazy. xP
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post #62 of 70 Old 03-15-2010, 12:50 AM
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I think if I purred at my horse it would definitely get his attention. When my old riding horse was 3 or so he acted very spooky on the trail, and I would compare this to my father and I singing random songs or whistling while we rode. It got the horses so focused on listening to us that they didn't notice other things.

Purring would defintely be an attention getter.
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post #63 of 70 Old 03-15-2010, 02:13 PM
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I got a video of Linda demonstrating our "purr" -- although, listening to it now, it sounds more like a "brrrt!" It seems to be a sharper sound that gets 'noticed' more, if you will.

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post #64 of 70 Old 03-16-2010, 04:36 PM
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Actually it is really a European "sound", everyone does it here, not only dressage riders. Maybe it's because we don't have or use a word to slow down a horse, and that "purrr" is totally international here, which means that a French rider can slow down a German horse with that sound. Do you understand what i mean, i know it's quite confusing what i'm writing here By the way, i've been to Iceland two years ago, and there we were told that they use that sound not to slow down a horse but to encourage it to go forward.
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post #65 of 70 Old 03-19-2010, 08:36 AM
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I actually used this sound yesterday with the young standardbred im training. She gets so rushy and forward she forgets how to come back to me, so in order to get her attention back to me and slow down I make a quick 'purr' type noise and then use my aids.. if it doesn't work ill drag it out a bit. It worked for her but I know it wouldn't work on Little or Chance, I would have to train it. But I was actually having fun making the noise. LOL!

I got a few weird looks.
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post #66 of 70 Old 03-19-2010, 10:35 AM
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I ride huntseat and western pleasure. I "purr" to my horse to get them to slow down and collect themsevles. Otherwise, I constently talk to my horse. Judges around here do not like this but I'd rather talk to my horse then be on his face to slow him down. I use voice aids in showmanship too, but I do it because it teaches a horse that when you do a certain noise your horse will respond the same everytime.
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post #67 of 70 Old 07-06-2010, 12:31 AM
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This sounds similar to what my mother-in-law (MIL) does. Instead of a purr sound she uses "whoop!" to slow down or change to a slower gait. She is really into it and gets really mad if I don't "whoop! whoop!" to my horse. She'll even yell it across the pasture to me and my horse if I'm not using it while we're working. She told me that is what you do to slow down a horse (and then rolls her eyes and shakes her head). I'm guessing this is an Arabian show thing.

What?! Doesn't everyone use whoop!?

Whoop! Whoop!
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post #68 of 70 Old 07-06-2010, 01:13 AM
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As bekky said, it's very much a European 'sound'. It's fabulous if your horse will stop to a quiet 'brrrt' or just a light roll of the tongue, as in a test you can get away with it because you hardly have to open your mouth and the judge can't hear or see it :P Great help when your horse is a bit on edge and an extra aid is always handy!
*bad kayty - don't use voice aids during a dressage test!* :P
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post #69 of 70 Old 07-06-2010, 10:04 PM
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I heard the purr for the first time at my new barn (have been there 8 mo now) by my pro dressage trainer that visits as well as some of her other students. I learned 'wup-wup' several years ago from a different dressage trainer for down transitions. It totally worked for my english/western trained arab both in saddle and on lunge.

My new horse is learning it now too :) It's a much easier sound for me then the purr which required a bit of tongue roll. Plus I like whoa to mean STOP, not slow down.
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post #70 of 70 Old 07-06-2010, 10:29 PM
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Wow, I've never ever heard that sound used before! If I'm asking for a slow transition I use eeeeaaassssy.... and a stop/back is whoa. Though if I want him to stop on a dime regardless of gait I use a very quick "Hep!" noise lol.

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