Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
Hi Riosdad, nice to have you back - I like your BS, I think your funny!
I have been riding with people over the last year which has been a new experience for me. I am now riding more on my own again by my own choice. I too am a quiet rider, I have got sick of waiting for poorly trained horses as their riders bale and lead them every five minutes or get off when the ground gets too "rough". I guess for me riding is quite a serious business, I like to pick a trail and then go do it, no hesitation just a good working pace, no drama!
As frightening as it maybe my voice commands are pretty much identical to Riosdad, right down to the Standup, if my horse moves when I have dropped the reins and am walking away. I don't always speak when I am riding, I too use my legs and seat for steering but I do like voice commands that carry over on to the ground. For example if I have to get off to open a gate I keep my reins looped over Phoenix's neck, I open the gate and say Walk On, she walks herself through the gate and I proceed to close it while she waits. It is nice to be able to 'lead' her with a voice command and not have to touch her at all.
The only bone of contention I have with Riosdad is his insistance that only male horses are bold and confident! Riosdad I swear you would love my mare, she would probably eat your boys for breakfast in the boldness stakes!