Originally Posted by kevinshorses
I don't talk alot to my horses. I expect them to respond to my reins and legs not my voice. I may say whoa but not all the time and I never say trot or canter. When my seat changes my horse responds without the need for words. Sometimes there is alot going on and I don't have time to give verbal commands but mostly I think it just sounds silly.
Kevin I rode bitless for more then 20 years and if anyone asked me last year or even last month if I would ever go bitless agian my answer would have been a firm NO. Ask me today and if is a MAYBE. I want to use the bit as little as possible. I want to use my butt, my legs and my voice to control the horse with the bit as a back up device.
I am not so sure that I won't be back to bitless if things continue as they are. I don't cluck to trot, I just squeeze both legs. I don;t cluck to lope, I offset my weight, I move one leg back behind the girth and I squeeze him out from under me like squeezing tooth paste into the proper lead. No verbal command but come time to walk I just say WALK and he is walking.
Mine are not show horses, they are working horses, handy horses.
I alwasy greet my guy with a "HI old man"
My old guy rode as well with a twine string or a hola hoop as with any bridle.