10-09-2008, 08:51 PM
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Regarding the actual cue, don't give/say it unless you're getting the behaviour you want.
A cue is essentially a meaningless sound or action, but when it's repeatedly paired with a particular behaviour it becomes associated with it, and if the horse is reinforced when the cue & behaviour happen, the horse will come to realise what it means.
So whatever the behaviour, when teaching, get the behaviour in whatever manner you can, then give the cue. Only begin giving a cue prior to a behaviour when it's firmly linked. If the behaviour doesn't immediately follow, go back to cuing when you get it a while longer.