How about one that uses both (depending on the situation at hand.)? I am quiet and I beleive that being quiet and deliberate with actions and, most important consistantcy, gets more results. Be loud when being loud is nessesary otherwise be quiet and use body language, specific cues, and actions without much voice. Now I do pet and spend time with the animal but I am not much on verbal language and beleive that its not nessesary esp since horses rely more on body language than verbal language. I have observed that low tones are more effective than higher tones. Example if I am lunging a horse and want him or her to trot or walk or what have you then I simply state "trot" in a low tone, one sylable and I enunciate the word. If the horse doesnt know the verbal comand then I put in action (ie driving him/her from the rear or use a lunging whip behind the hip not hitting the animal, just to encourage a faster gait) along with the word "trot" in the same tone. When the horse trots then I back off and relax my body movement and etc. This is the reward. If the animal drops back to a walk out of the trot I repeat the process then back off when I get the result thus reward.
I have seen what screaming or yelling or loudness can create.....a nervous horse (esp if the person is inconsistant). Shrill voices and unessesary noise is nerve wracking to me so I can only imagine what an animal who's life is based on mostly body language can feel. In a herd, at liberty horses are generaly not loud. A well managed herd where pecking orders have been established and no danger is lurking about it is quiet calm and relaxing. Horses like that is signifies harmony. Excessive noise and movement causes disharmony and can signifie danger to an animal that of prey. It also expresses confusion. I will use a sooting voice and slow deliberate actions when I am trying to calm a horse down.
Sometimes I will yell if the horse is misbehaving (along with action). I want a horse to think he is going to get killed if he repeats the behavior again (ie biting) If he/she bites I use immediate action with a booming voice. I want him/her to think "Oh crap I bit that person and I am going to die". Self preservation is a HUGE motivation to change behavior quickly esp with such behavior issues like biting. Of course this is limited to serious behavior issues such as biting and the likes not for every day training issues.
So I believe be loud when nessesary otherwise be quiet.
As far as teaching a rider, excessive loudness can create nervousness also. Assertive action, yes for you want to convey the message but barking out orders to me is not nessesary. I do occasionaly get more firm and "growl" when I need to otherwise I just dont find it productive. I rarely have to bark or get realy agressive. The only time I had to get agressive was when a student's friend was on the side line yelling out to the student repeating everything I had said and was being EXTREMELY annoying.
"The question is not, can they reason? nor, can they talk? but, can they suffer?" Jeremy Bentham
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