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post #11 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 01:40 PM
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Both my horses are mostly voice command. I usually only use legs and hands for turning and cuing "special behavior". I find this works better for mine because they are used to listening to me jabber anyway, haha, but it's part of the bond I have with them: asking them to do things by voice first and reinforcing physically if they don't listen, but giving them the chance to do it without physical discomfort first.

I use "easy" with a wide range of applications; mostly with a drawn out and downward tone that means to slow down. I use it in combo with a gait to get downward transitions ("easy trot" from lope/gallop, "easy walk" from trot), or by itself in a gait to get from a trot to a jog, or a gallop to a lope, etc. I use it in my reassuring voice if they are spooking or nervous to calm them down, it's basically at that point my command for "that won't eat you." Last but not least I'll use it in trail or wherever necessary to focus them if something tricky is coming up, like a steep downhill or a step.

For forward motion I use clucks and kisses exclusively. A loud, firm, double cluck means move out, and mean it. Soft clucks mean pick up speed slightly. Kiss means canter or gallop with a leg cue for the lead.

I am still working on voice commands for turns... haha... my goal at one point was to have Gyps completely voice-only but I have not been focusing on that in a while so who knows if she'll ever do it or not :)

Edit: "Ho" means stop. Both my horses will stop instantly when you say "ho" without any rein contact so I always mean it. I don't like the idea of mixing this cue with any others just because it's kind of my last ditch safety feature-- if something happens and I need that horse to stop, I need to know that no matter how that word comes out of my mouth, they will. I'd definitely pick a different word to use to slow down.

Also, newhorsemom-- your MIL *should* know that all horses are trained slightly differently and unless she trained your horse, her commands aren't the "right" ones just because they're the ones that she uses... just a little artillery for you, but I know it can be very tough to change other people's opinions of right :)

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post #12 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 03:17 PM
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Gypsy - agreed! It's just tough to deal with those "special" people who know EVERYTHING. Gotta love MIL's!!!!!!!
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 03:20 PM
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Gypsy - agreed! It's just tough to deal with those "special" people who know EVERYTHING. Gotta love MIL's!!!!!!!
Seriously :)

Unfortunately, a lot of horse people know "everything" and aren't afraid to share it... best of luck though :)
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 03:37 PM
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I personally don't train for any voice commands because I had a bad experience with it one time (on a horse trained by someone else). However, I do sometimes use the slow quiet "eeaassyy" along with a hand on the neck when I notice them starting to get excited or scared. We did have a team of mules that would work completely off voice commands.
Lets go= walk
Come on = trot
Come on (with whistle) = lope or run
Easy = slow down
Step up = take one step forward
Step back = take one step back
Back = back up
Tiny = turn left
Buster = turn right
Whoa = stop

And they were broke enough that we could combine any command, make them back in a circle or into a parking space without ever touching the reins.
Tiny and Buster were their names by the way.

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Edit: "Ho" means stop. Both my horses will stop instantly when you say "ho" without any rein contact so I always mean it. I don't like the idea of mixing this cue with any others just because it's kind of my last ditch safety feature-- if something happens and I need that horse to stop, I need to know that no matter how that word comes out of my mouth, they will. I'd definitely pick a different word to use to slow down.

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I completely agree that's why I always drill people who "ride" Soda or Flame before they get on. It means stop to my horses, so if you say it you need to be prepared to stop or back up the command if the horse doesn't listen. I trained to stop immediately if she feels her rider coming off as she used to be ridden by a lot of beginners. No words on that though so it doesn't really matter for this thread.
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 04:29 PM
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My uncle trains Walking Horses. He would kill you if you used your legs on one of his horses. They are all voice command, its pretty amazing.

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post #17 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 04:43 PM
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It depends on how you want to train your horse. To me whoa should mean just that - Whoa. I don't care if I speak it softly or loudly - the horse should stop and plant its feet.

Now for slowing down, I use "easy". At the theraputic riding center I volunteer at they use "slow down". Either will work as long as you are consistant using it.

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