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post #1 of 13 Old 01-10-2014, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Special cues?

Do you give your horse any special cues when asking for everyday things?

Many people kiss/cluck to their horse and bump with their feet to get a horse to go. Do you do something different?

Sonny has all the basic cues but to get him to gallop you have to tell him to "Get up!" and he bolts. You don't even need to use any leg movement with the verbal command.

The odd thing is, you can't get him to go his fastest with any other cue. You can have him going what you think is his fastest and then if you give him slightly more head and tell him to get up he throws it into a whole other gear. I have never been able to get him into that gear via any other method of combination of methods. It doesn't matter how much slack you give on the reigns or how much you kick him, only the verbal cue gets him up to speed.

And yes, galloping/bolting is the intended goal when I use that phrase. He's a speed horse, after all, so going fast is kind of important

What about your horses? Do they have any cues for normal requests?

Some horses are verbally trained only, some only respond to Russian, some only back up when they hear "Beep beep!"...etc. Do you have any unique ways to ask your horses to do something or am I the only one?
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-10-2014, 08:32 AM
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Well, most folk in my area use smacking of lips as general cue for ''move faster'' and tongue clicks for ''slow down'' when lunging, but this is really rarely used while actually riding.

Also, I remember there were a few horses in our stables that were trained to start cantering on ''inner rein, inner leg'' or ''outer rein, outer leg'' (shoot me, can't remember which way it was) rather than traditional ''inner rein, outer leg''. When I think now, it think it was ''inner inner'', can't imagine how you could possibly do it with outer rein, it would be near impossible to bend horse inwards for canter that way.
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I've got one - even at a gallop, if I say my boys' nickname in a very soft, low and melodic way (and it has to be the same intonation), he will stop dead in his tracks and turn his head back to look at me.

He has been trained for driving, so I can use all the vocal cues for gait transitions and not use my body at all during riding as well, if I please.
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To get my mare to walk/jog I have two ways: either smooch with my lips twice or (the most preferred way by me) to open up my seat and legs and put my hand on her withers briefly. To get her to canter/lope all I have to do is sit down and rock my body once like I'm already riding the gait and she just starts in. To get her to gallop..... well usually I put my hand on her withers, open my seat and legs and then lean forward a tad bit.

But when she does anything bad or belligerent I say "Mare!" or "Nag!" or many expletives I can't say on the forum. It's funny to watch because she pins her ears back, curls her lip up and looks utterly miffed with me and my words. But hey, she's a good girl after that!
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Also, I remember there were a few horses in our stables that were trained to start cantering on ''inner rein, inner leg'' or ''outer rein, outer leg'' (shoot me, can't remember which way it was) rather than traditional ''inner rein, outer leg''.
I had a seasoned show mare who would respond to the announcer's call for a change of gait if I wasn't careful.

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Cluck for trot/jog, kiss for lope, deep breathe in for faster, shhhhh or hum for slower, sit deep, deep breathe out for stop gradually-or WHOA-if you REALLY want his stop.(reiner)

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Personally I hate the whole cluck/kiss thing. I see a lot of horses responding to OTHER people's clucks and kisses and since I (try to) ride Dressage, I can't have a horse who depends on that anyway. I try to use as little verbal cues as possible though he does understand STOP and EH-EH (to stop what he's doing like messing with a rope or something). He knows "go eat" to graze or to approach his food when I'm in the stall.
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I teach mine that when i move my hand forward while leaning slightly forward at the shoulder they should pick up the next speed(I will also give a slight squeeze with the outside leg if pushing to the lope). Once at the canter, one kiss means faster, another means faster again, etc.

The only time I say "whoa" is when I want a complete stop and back; otherwise, to slow down i teach them when i sit deeper in the saddle and move my hand slightly back they should slow slightly if at a fast canter, or down to the next gate if at a lope or trot.
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My horse knows/responds to cluck for trot, kiss for canter. I've never had him respond to any other rider's (such as, another rider in the ring) cues before. xD

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It's cluck for trot, kiss for canter.. Nothing out of the ordinary here ;p. I have also never had a problem with him responding to others cues.
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