Originally Posted by Tamibunny
Something that worked with some of my horses was getting them to respond to voice commands on the ground when lunging first. So when I say canter and make a certain kissey noise they know that's their cue to canter. I found it especially helpful when training horses what the canter aids are when you're actually riding. Just keep your wits about you the first time and only aim to canter a few strides at a time, just work from there. Have Fun :)
She responds well to voice commands on the ground and in the saddle. I say canter and I *kiss* and she will normal pick it up on the lunge. She listens to *cluck* and "trot" on the lunge as well as in the saddle.
When I worked her yesterday I tryed to keep her at a slower pace at the canter and work in smaller circles so she was more focused on me rather than just running around. She WILL NOT however canter unless I make her. If I were to simply ask her to canter she would ignore me I have to ask a few times and crack the whip for her to respond. (basicaly what im saying is she wont respond unless I have a whip.) this is how she was for the first few times undersaddle when I asked her to trot as well. I had to carry a crop to get her to move. She will trot now without me having a whip but I think the canter will be more difficult.
She responds to the whip so well because I believe that's how her previouse owners taught her halter. She's pritty immune to a tap on her shoulder and if I till it up as sort of a warning she dosnt pay attention untill I actualy hit her... I think they handled her much to rough. She's such a calm horse theres no reason to use a whip and lip chain on her. (i also say chain becasue that's what they did to get her to stand for the farrier.)