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    06-06-2012, 06:24 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Walk- cluck with a light squeeze
Trot- cluck with even pressure from both calves. Slower I sit down hard, slow my hips and press into my stirrups. Fast more suspension in my post with light leg aid.
Canter- a smooch with outside leg. Maybe pick up on the inside rein a little.
Back- sit back, lift lightly on the reins, squeeze and make a sh sh sh noise (hard to write out, lol).

All downward transitions are words "walk" "trot" "woah" "easy"
All upward transitions are noises- cluck (trot), kiss (canter) and I also have a special noise for back.
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    06-07-2012, 12:12 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Walk: Sit up straighter and squeeze with knees and calves.

Trot: Lean back a bit, squeeze with heels and half halt.

Canter: I usually do a leg yield to the outside (using inside leg), then slowly bring my outside leg back and squeeze.

Whoa: Sit back, half-halt, sink into heels, sponge reins, and then really drop into my seat.

...and I have a slang term that my horses know means to S L O W D O W N if they are getting a bit ahead of themselves, or I want a speedy downward transition, I say "hup" or "whup". When I say "huuh" that means to do a downward transition within the gait. They all learned it really quick, and really respond. It's my go-to when jumping when my horses get hot. If that made any sense at all....
     
    06-07-2012, 12:30 PM
  #13
Green Broke
For lunging I use Walk, tee rot, canter, whoa and reverse. Cinny knows them all pretty well as when I first got him we did a LOT of ground work and ingraining verbal commands because he didn't have much saddle time or ground manners.

Under saddle I just give a leg squeeze to walk, or to transition to a trot. If he doesn't do it (which is pretty much never) he gets the verbal command. For canter it's usually a slight leg yield to the outside to prep and then the moment I want to canter I add a squeeze with the outside leg. If he doesn't go into canter I give him a kiss or tell him canter. Although I think this canter cue may be wrong because I am finding it difficult to ask him to track under with his hind end because he always thinks I want him to canter.. I am realizing they are the same cue :(

For rein back I sit back and squeeze but then gently block him with the reins...I usually don't have to pull back. When we are moving forward and I want to slow down or halt, I shift my weight back onto my back pockets and stop "riding" if he doesn't slow or stop, which happens a lot with him, I then slowly bring my reins tighter and tell him whoa or walk, etc...
     
    06-07-2012, 12:45 PM
  #14
Yearling
Whisk's responds to clicking, so I tend to use that the most, however if i'm trotting and I feel she's slowing up or getting lazy I give her a squeeze or a nudge, because if I click, her arse comes under her and she launches forward.
I squeeze if I want to canter from a trot and if I want to go from trot to gallop, I shorten my reins shift my weight and say "hup hup" if i'm going from a stand still/walk to gallop it's the same.
For slowing down I lower my voice and say "woah lass"
     
    06-07-2012, 12:51 PM
  #15
Ink
Weanling
Let's see here:

Walk: Gently fan my legs and cluck.
Trot: Same as walk
Canter: Shift my outside leg back slightly squeeze with the outside leg and kiss.
Whoa: sit deep say whoa, and if she doesn't respond slight bump with the reins.
Back: Pick up the reins slightly and sqeeze with constant leg pressure. I release my leg pressure when it's time to stop backing.
     
    06-07-2012, 01:12 PM
  #16
Green Broke
My 4YO and I are still solidifying our cues, but this is what we have so far.

Walk: Gentle squeeze with both calves.
Trot: Gentle squeeze with both heels.
Canter: Outside leg back, pressure with inside calf.

For tempo changes within a gait:
Extend: Gentle yet consistent pressure with both calves.
Collect: Gentle sponge on outside rein.

She has lots of lunging experience so she knows, "Walk!" "Trot!" and "Canter!" for upward transitions and, "Waaaalk," and "Troooooot," for downward transitions. For slowing within a gait it's "Eeeeasy."

I'm trying to wean her off of this, though, because she understands them too well!
On a trail ride with a friend I was talking about something and I said the word "trot" in casual conversation and Sun immediately picked up a trot.
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    06-07-2012, 01:38 PM
  #17
Showing
Beyond the very early training stages, I don't use verbal cues at all, even smooching or clucking. That makes for a very frustrating day if you are riding with someone who smooches for everything (I've worked with a guy that smooches to cattle to get them moving, mine was the only horse that wasn't constantly wanting to speed up and getting frustrated because they were forced back down into a walk even though they were clearly getting the cue to speed up).

For a walk: very light squeeze with my calves. On a green horse, I will often move my hands forward and shift my weight forward too.

Trot from a walk: same very light squeeze with my calves but in a "bumping" motion.

Trot from a standstill: firmer squeeze combined with a more forward seat.

Lope from any gait or standstill: forward seat, outside leg back slightly to cue for proper lead, slight "hug" around the horse's whole barrel with my legs. A bit more pressure on the leg cuing for the lead departure.

To slow down or collect any gait and/or transition down: take a deeper seat, slow my body to match whichever gait I want them to do, with a light rein cue to enforce it.

Stop from any gait: very deep seat, feet slightly in front of normal riding position. Rein cue if the stop is mushy or sluggish.
     
    06-07-2012, 11:26 PM
  #18
Started
We'll use Cowboy as an example, because he is more special xD The other two are just kick side, kick harder, pull bit, pull harder kinda horses ;)

Walk - Just kinda relax.
Free Walk - Gently squeeze left leg when left shoulder goes forward, and vice versa.

Sitting Trot - Get into a trot, then say "Eaassyy," and sit your butt down :p
Trot - cluck, shorten reins, squeeze.
Extended trot - See-saw bit very gently, more or less just squeezing hands. Squeeze just heels, no calf.

Canter - Sit, kiss, shorten reins.
Collected Canter - same as extended trot, no leg pressure

Gallop - Two-point, a verbal "yah!" and a kick. He's off the track. He's good at that.
     
    06-07-2012, 11:39 PM
  #19
Started
To "Slow" walk - Pressure with my knees. (Only used if I'm playing dirty in a WP class. Horse will slow into the slowest possible walk while still moving forward. Useful if I'm coming up on someone I don't want to pass.)

To Walk - Soft squeeze with buttcheeks.

To Jog - Light bumping/squeezing with legs, change in my body energy.

To Leg yield - Block movement/push shoulder with inside leg, outside spur behind normal position, move butt over.

To Hunter trot - Squeeze and start posting.

To Lope - Same as leg-yield, more pressure on outside leg, more body energy.

To Canter - Same as lope with a forward pushing squeeze of the leg.

To Back - No reins, just bumping with feet.

To Pivot - Outside leg in front of the normal position.

To Sidepass - Outside leg pressure straight.

To Turn on the forehand - Outside leg behind the normal position.

To Stop - Stop my body movement, sit deep.

Pretty simple. :)
     

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