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I was wondering what everyone's verbal signals for their horses were? Like right now when i cluck to my mare it means trot, when i kiss it means canter. Etc. I want to get my horse more use to subtle verbal cues so that I can use less leg and hand motion.
I always start my horses on the lunge to understand verbal cues before I get on them and then use those cues as cues to leg aids. No magic buttons on a horses side - I don't want to be kicking the crap out of a horse to make it go forward so 'walk on' a gentle squeeze and eventually the horse understands that the squeeze means go forward and you can stop using the actual word - same with 'whoa' etc - teach it from the ground first and then no hauling on the reins
I'm not a fan of clucking/clicking/kissing noises as people are too inclined to use them in the showring or even out on group trail rides or hunter paces/Fun rides and I don't want my horses shooting off when they hear someone else making that noise.
Cluck for trot. Kiss for canter. All downward transitions are words. Trotttt. Wallllk. Whoa. Easy when they gets to excited, slowwwww when I'm trying to get a slow jog or lope.
All my verbals are followed up with some light type of seat/leg/rein aide. I always make my verbal ques quiet, the whole world doesn't need to know I'm verbally communicating with my horse. I can't stand a crazy smoocher!!
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SHort video of my riding instructor teaching verbal ques.
thanks for the input:)
We teach all the verbal cues that folks have mentioned, but to be honest, when you have a horse that is very light (mouth, leg, seat) I find those are just quicker and you have finer control.
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I teach them English cues along with physical cues. I've never been a fan of "clucking". How does your horse distinguish on cluck from two, or between two kinds of clucks? I can only make a "cluck" on way...and my chickens haven't seen fit to teach me their different kinds of clucks.
Seriously, I use "walk on", "halt" or "whoa", "back", and..."trot", and..."canter", "and...walk", etc.
It seems to me like my mare more responds to the tone of vioce ? (is this true or am i imagining it?) Like if I say walk and trot in the same tone, she usually walks instead of trots. So I am beginning to think that she doesnt hear the words as much as she hears the tone?
My mare had no idea what clucking meant so if someone at a show crowded us in the ring I'd cluck and their horse/s would speed up, costing them the class.
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