My holiday for one month is over and I am back, for how long?? We will see. My manners haven't improved much but from now on instead of say "BS" I will say " that is nice"
As for being grumpier as you get older?? If you see someone burning themselves with a glowing cigarette and say " OW that hurts". You tell them to stop touching themselves. If it continues eventually you want to shout of at them for their stupidity.
There are alot of burning cigarettes on any forum.
Back to verbal commands. I am a quiet rider. I don't like to talk much, don't move around alot, sit quietly , don't sing, don't make idle chit chat.
I prefer it alone, just Rio and myself.
I do speak to him and expect him to understand and respond instantly.
When I mount I don't say anything but I expect him to stand perfectly rooted to the ground, and this is not just as you mount but also while you get set in the seat, coat pulled down over the butt, feet properly in the stirrups even with heavy winter boots. Only when I am totally ready do I bend forward , pat his neck and light squeeze and off we go.
To stop anytime I just shift slightly back, legs slightly forward and say HO. He must instantly stop and if he doesn't I would bump him.
To back I just slight pick up the reins but stay square in the saddle with my legs shifting back slight to stear and say BACK. He flows backwards, quickly a few length and then I say HO which brings him to an instant relaxed halt.
Again a pat on the neck and a slight squeeze moves him off.
I don't beleive in working a trail horse in transitions.. If I am walking breaking into a trot is not allowed ever and if trotting he may not canter ever, uphill, down, the trot must be maintained with no input from me. I can speed up the trot from the normal 7 or 8 mph to 12 maximum but again the trot inself may never be broken until I once again say WALK.
At the verbal command to WALK he drops instantly from either the lope or trot to a flat footed walk, no real trotting inbetween, jus a nice walk.
If the pace is too slow in the trot I squeeze him on but if the pace is too fast, too hard on him and myself I say EASY. He immediatley backs the pace off, slowing down to an easy jog but never drops to a walk.
If we are loping we go from a walk or halt to a lope, agian in the 8 mph range and he maintains this pace uphill and down but if I ask for more speed or he is loping towards home and I want to slow him down agian the word EASY is used and he will drop to almost a stand still if I use the reins also to negotiate a tricky ditch or road crossiing the but actual lope is never dropped until I say the word WALK
If I get off the horse on trail I drop the reins and say STAND and STAY and walk away. If he moves in anyway I yell STAND UP, don't know why the up but that is what I say.
So I ingrain the words, the verbal commands HO, WALK, STAND, EASY, BACK. He has these down pat.
I neck rein along with a leg cue for turning, legs for side passing so the bit is actually used very little and then only to reinforce the verbal commands or the leg commands.
I believe that using a soft bit, using it softly all the time leads to a dead heavy horse. The constant saying PLEASE is not in my vocabulary. I tell him and he must respond, no thinking involved just blind obedience.
This gets you a light responsive horse that is extremely light in the mouth, can be relied on to hold in any unexpected situation and will go anywhere because he trusts.
I know " that is nice"
Forgot the most important verbal command GOOD BOY. I use that alot.