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?