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        01-10-2014, 12:31 PM
      #11
    Trained
    I have never had that problem either. But my old guy-who was all verbal cues-different story.
         
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        01-10-2014, 09:35 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Since my horse was a rescue it was fun trying to figure out what his cues were. To begin riding (we always start at a walk) he responds best to a "let's go" and a loose rein. For a trot I simply touch my heels to his sides. A canter ONLY comes from a smooching sound. And at the end of our ride we run home and he will only do so when given the command "go home, Rio!" and a smooch.
         
        01-10-2014, 09:50 PM
      #13
    Started
    Haha ya I have weird cues :P
    "touch it" means touch the object we're looking at, this is great for when they're nervous with something and getting "looky" ;)
    "get it" means pick up the object nearest to you and hopefully give it to me (though sometimes it's pretty clumsy!)
    "hoof" means pick up the hoof I point at
    Holding something in my hand out means they should touch it with their nose
    A flat open hand means move your head away
    A fist means touch my hand
    A point in front means "go here"
    "Mat" means stand on the flat object on the ground

    Skills I'm working on with my horses is having them move away with the body part I point at and move toward with the body part I hold a flat palm to. Like moving their hip or shoulder over to touch my flat open hand. So far I have moving away with pointing, working on moving into a flat hand now.


    Obviously we have all the normal cues too :) those are just some of my fun ones
         

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