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post #1 of 19 Old 06-05-2012, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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What cues do "YOU" use..

to make your horse walk, trot, and canter? Just curious as to everyone's preference and what "your" horse is tought to do

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 12:10 AM
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I generally find that the appropriate amount of boot to arse gets the ya-ya s out of her system, reconnects her head and butt, and makes for a mutually enjoyable day for us both.

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post #3 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 12:41 AM
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For walk I just have to shift my weight and close my calves on him lightly and he goes, then I just follow with my seat.

For trot I half halt then increase my drive and close my calves on him again lightly.

For canter, apparently all I have to do is half halt then put my legs in the correct position and he goes off of it (he's still green) and my seat.

There's probably a better way but that's how we work. He's very sensitive to a person on his back. He waits for any weight shifts and he knows when people have no clue what they're doing and will ignore them lol.

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post #4 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 01:08 AM
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All my horses have verbal cues as well as leg/seat/rein cues.

Walk: Either saying "walk", or a gentle squeeze with my calves.

Trot: Clicking of the tongue, saying "Trot", or calf pressure. My cues for collection and extension are differant however. Extension I take light contact on the mouth and bump in rythym with the stride to encourage the sweeping motion, the contact is to prevent increase of speed. Collection is virtually the same, only I will slow my seat and bump-bump with my hands and less intensity with my legs.

Canter/Lope: Vocal command "canter" or a kissing noise. From the walk, I round the body and soften the ribcage, pushing the hip a step or two to the inside and bending to the inside as well to cue for the lead. The extension/collection cues are essentially the same.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 01:11 AM
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I'm the rare clucking type. For every time I want a horse to go faster, I cluck and when I want to go form a walk to a canter, I give a little nudge with the legs as well. As for slowing down, I say "easy" and for stopping, it's obviously "whoa." xD
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post #6 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 01:17 AM
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Walk: Gentle squeeze with calves, very loose rein

Trot: sometimes a little "click" with my tongue. Gentle pressure with heels

Canter: If we're trotting and I gather up my reins, he knows what's coming ha ha. Once I apply my leg a little behind the girth he is out of there. He loves to move.

And I agree OP! It's fun and interesting to see what all cues everyone uses!
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post #7 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 07:56 AM
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If there is one thing my lease horse loves, it's going to the faster gaits. So he's pretty sensitive with transition cues.

Walk: He gets a totally loose rein. Shifting my body weight in a certain way is usually enough to get him going. If not, a gentle squeeze with my calves.

Trot/Jog: Tighter rein, and it's tighter than it should be right now as I'm trying to get him to slow down at this gait. But a gentle squeeze with my calves will get him going most of the time. I kiss to him if he didn't get the message.

Canter/lope: Loose rein again, although not as loose as at the walk. I bend to the inside, extra pressure to a gentle kick on the outside.
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post #8 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 09:16 AM
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To walk, I give a light squeeze with my calves on one horse and tilt my pelvis a little for my mare. For trot, another light squeeze, or to trot from a halt, a bigger squeeze. For canter from any gait, outside leg back and inside leg squeezes at the girth.
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post #9 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 12:55 PM
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Walk - a soft, but long (count of two) squeeze with my calves. I speed up the walk by bumping alternate sides with my heels in that same long squeeze way.

Trot - a bump with both calves. If we're at a walk that's usually all it takes. If we're standing and I want a trot now, the bump has a little more intensity and I'll usually kiss at him once. Sitting the trot, he'll usually slow right down, and I can speed him up with posting by posting as fast as I want his legs to go.

Canter - a bump with one leg, depending on what lead I want. I use the sound "hup" too if I'm at a walk or stop. How deep I sit will mediate how fast he goes (usually ) And if I block him for a two second count with the reins - regardless of the headgear he's in, he'll collect nicely and round out his back. A bump at a canter will let you shift through the gears until you find the speed you like.

Gallop - Lean forward, grab a handful of mane, bump with one leg, and give a "get!", "go!', or other similar term

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post #10 of 19 Old 06-06-2012, 01:12 PM
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I'm no dressage rider, so my cues are very sophisticated. My horse also has two middle gaits, so everything's a little strange.

Walk: Click and apply light calf pressure. Yep.

Trot: Lighten your seat and close your hip angle. Ask for forward motion with a strong click. Post. Keep reins looser than usual and hands low, asking horse to drop her head. Nudge a little more to ask horse to raise her belly, round her back, and pick up a little more speed. After a couple strides, you should have a fast trot. Slow your post and ask her to slow to a working trot.

Gait: Sit DEEP, open hip angle. Move toes a little in front of knee. Ask for forward motion with a light squeeze of the calf; the transition can't be too quick. Pick up contact with reins and ask horse to both raise her head and tuck her nose slightly. Sit BACK, chest back.

Canter: Pick up inside rein and nudge with outside leg. Works from a trot, gait, or walk. Sit BACK, or else you get a gallop.

Gallop: Go into a half seat. That is all.
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