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post #1 of 7 Old 06-30-2009, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Funny story...

So Lacey didn't have very good brakes on the ground when I got her so I started stopping every few steps as I led her as I said "Ho" then had her back up. Well it got to the point where she'd stop as soon as I said "Ho" and I started combining it with lunging her and now she'll stop perfectly on the lunge line when I say 'Ho."

Today I decided to start incorporating it into ridden work since she's a little firecracker under saddle and I figured it'd be great to be able to stop her in her tracks with a word when she's tuning out the reins.

Well first I tried it at the trot and she was AMAZING! She immediately transitioned to a halt. Then I asked her to canter since she was being good and I felt like a good run...

Well we cantered around a few times and then without thinking I said "Ho"... Well she pretty much tucked her rear under herself and did a little mini sliding stop. I was totally unprepared for that so I got flung forward and she kinda turned her head towards me like "what the heck are you doing, silly?"

I love this horse, she tries so hard to do exactly what I ask for. Heehee

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-30-2009, 10:02 PM
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oh wow! She listened well, eh?
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That's fantastic. I've never used voice cues, but it's good to know they are that effective. It never hurts to have another training tool available.
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Awesome! I like to start out teaching all cues, vocal/body language/silent cues at the same time, and then paring them down to just the silent ones.

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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.

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My horse knows what "whoa" and "wait" means. Well, my baby is still learning, but my paint will stop and wait no matter where she is or what she is doing. I like that I can "park" her anywhere and she'll wait for me. I also like that she knows "woah" because if, say, I put someone who knows nothing about horses on Ricci, and say, she starts trotting for whatever reason, I can stop her with a word. It's incredible to have that kind of... control, which isn't really the right word, but I can't think of anything else. Good for you, for being able to teach it to her and have it work out so well for you. =]

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I love voice cues. For a show horse they might not be great but I mainly work with abused horses and voice cues are saviors. So many horses were abused by leg and hand, the only way to make them functional in society is to teach them another way that will never be painful.

I also really like them with baby baby babies because it makes riding a lot easier when the time comes.
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