I never cluck or kiss to a horse to pick up speed. I did train a mare to respond to One-which meant walk, Two-Trot, 3 Canter. This way she didn't anticipate when the announcer called them. As for the clucking or kissing, a few riders crowded up behind us trying to get her to speed up so I began clucking. My mare didn't respond but those other two horses did. I do instill Whoa and Whoa means stop moving your feet. I never say it to slow a horse down. I also teach that Stand means nothing moves as there can be a time where it might be needed, such as an accident. It happened, my mare was down. I told her to Stand and she remained still when she could have panicked. We got her out and she was ok except for a minor skin cut. People about couldn't believe she didn't panic.
Last edited by Saddlebag; 09-26-2012 at 11:59 PM.