Good examples folks.
Timing I am particularly interested in and I feel it is something a lot of people get wrong.
When we cue our horse to do something we want the response to occur at the onset of the cue, not after 20 seconds of cue. The cue should actually be thought of as the onset of the pressure, not the pressure itself.
For example, in Parelli land, you see many people wriggling ropes at their horses to make them backup. The pressure is applied in phases of a finger wiggle, a wrist wiggle, an elbow wiggle and then a shoulder wiggle. Now to start with I agree that each phase should be taken fairly slowly to teach the cue and get a response, but folks stay in the slowly does it routine for too long, which is level 1 of the program.
So what are you then teaching ? Move back after 15 seconds of wiggling ? I want my horse to move at the onset of the finger wiggle. To get the onset of the wiggle to be associated with an increase in pressure, and therefore "I had better respond now", the timing of each phase before the next one happens needs to become shorter and shorter. It starts being phase 1....................phase2.................phase3 ..............phase4 but as soon as the cue is learned needs to become phase1........phase2..phase3..phase4.
Looking at around 5 minutes 50 seconds into the following video Catalyst: Equitana - ABC TV Science
suggests that horses retain object permanence for less than 10 seconds.
I wonder if the same is true for cues. Thus if we want our horse to realise that the increase in a phase due to non-compliance to a cue is related to the ONSET of that cue not being obeyed then the increase in phase should take place within this 10 seconds window. Longer than that and they have forgotten all about the onset of the cue.
Any comments from others on this ?