I guess it just goes to show that if a horse wants to learn something well and the trainer is clear in his or her expectations, it will. =D
I've never used voice cues either, before Lacey, but I've discovered that she seems to be very auditory and so I'm just using that to my advantage. =D In the year that I've worked with her I've taught her at least 4 new words, "Stay", "Come here", and since she didn't know "walk", trot" and "canter" for lunging I taught her those too. We're still working on "walk" for lunging but yknow.
I'm not planning on incorporating any other vocal cues into her ridden work except for maybe walk because I know that if I taught her to canter or trot with a word cue she'd get all together too excited if I ever used those words talking to someone on a trail ride or something. Haha
I really really proud of her.
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzaner gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.