Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I believe a couple other people said something similar, but not exactly - that in all of these videos, there is a click or a kiss sound every couple of seconds. This is what trainers mean by "nagging the horse" - you ask, and ask, and ask, and ask.. it is desensitizing the horse to the cue, so they listen to it less and less. It becomes white noise to them, basically.
You ask, then you tell. A funny older gent on youtube David Archer goes through this process of "please" and he gives a cue, then "pretty please" which is a stronger version of the cue, then finally "with sugar on top" which is usually a little whack on the bum/shoulder/chest (whatever area he is trying to drive). My stubborn gelding always needs the sugar stage, but usually only a couple times XD then it's just a "please" from then on.
I love this quote: What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.