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        05-16-2013, 08:33 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    A little roadster hackney pony I grew up riding had what my trainer called 'gear shifts'. She was INCREDIBLY attuned to verbal cues and was ridiculously sensitive to them. From a halt, one quiet click sent her into a prancy walk. Click too loud and she'd spring into a trot. One more click, faster. Another, even faster. Another, way fast. This 13hh pony could trot as fast as any canter because she was trained never to canter. Her "down shifts" were "easy" then "steady" to set the cruise control. If you said "whoa" you'd better hold on, cause she'd stop faster than you could blink.
         
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        05-17-2013, 01:58 PM
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    Weanling
    Haha okay thanks for the input :)
         
        05-17-2013, 03:20 PM
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    My gelding by breed is a carriage horse and I've done basic driving training with him, so vocal cues were essential. So he's very good with them - and I trained him to slow down when I exhale in an expressive manner, which is very useful if he speeds up because I get tenser - that way, not only I slow him down, but also make myself to remember to breathe and relax.
         

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