Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
I've never been a fan of any sort of verbal cue for specific things and I usually phase the smooching or clucking out completely (other than asking for the gallop) after the first few rides where I use them to transition the cues from the ground into the saddle. Once the horse begins to understand legs, I stop using the clucks.
Main reason for that is something that I see happen at shows and rodeos and larger trail rides. One person "smooches" at their horse because it's balking at something....and half the other horses hit a trot or a lope in response to the smooch.
BUT, there is more than one way to skin a cat and train a horse LOL. Each of us is shaped by our own experiences and training.
Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/