I have a question here... You know when you are riding your horse and you want them to stop you say "Whoa"... Well how about when you just want to slow down? I have heard different answers and two the them is that you can say "Easy" or just say "Whoa" softly... which is it that you do? Just wondering...
I know you can teach voice commands, I mean a horse is smart enough for sure. So I would say Walk for walk, Trot for trot, Canter for canter. You could also say easy, I hear that alot with horses.
I just use a calm voice and say "steady" If you stretch the word out like "st...eh...dy" or "ee...s....y" I find it gives a calming effect
Either that or depending on where your horse had it's training, you could say "Whoa, walk" to slow down to a walk, and "whup" to drop from the canter to the trot. This may help if your horse was trained by the Amish.
I'm assuming that you are using the energy in your seat to transition down or up depending on what you want.
That said, the voice command used would work in conjuction with the cues you're giving the horse. I do say "easy" or "you're okay" when I feel my horse (s) energy changing prior to them breaking gait (either due to other horses acting out or someother stimulation, bikers ect...) and that seems to keep them focused on what I want.
Other than that, I don't really use any voice commands , especially with a horse named "Walka"! :lol:
I often use voicecommands, Lucky simply responds better to them. I use:
"hoo" to make her stop
"slooooow" to maker her change to the next slower gait canter -> trot -> walk
"hey" or "kisses" to get her to canter
well, those are the voicecommands I usually use when riding, but there are alot more when we're doing some ground work.
I use voice comands with all three of my boys.
"Whoa" (or "Hoa" if I need it in a hurry) for a halt.
"Steady" to take whatever gait I have them in down a notch...eg, canter to trot, trot to jog, jog to walk. ( I also draw the word out in a calm low voice if my horses energy is high)
To start from a halt to a walk I use "walk on", and any upward transition I use "get up" or "Hup".
These work well for me and my boys, but I think whatever phrase you choose, as long as you use it consistantly, your horse will learn the correct response.
To my horses whoa = WHOA, if I just want them to slow down I will say "ease up" or "trot" or "walk" if I want them to transition downwards in gaits. "Easy" is used when they are tense/scared or to signal the step down is coming at the back of the trailer. "Back-up" is self explanatory. Overall it's been helpful esp if you are ponying a horse. Soda has gotten very good about listening when I'm leading him from the back of another horse.
The only thing that has been a problem is when people get on for pony rides or etc I have to make sure they know that whoa means stop not slow down.
Just use WHOOP! WHOOP! You know, the RIGHT cue?!
Sorry, I couldn't resist. That's the command my MIL gives and it makes her crazy that I don't use it. She yells it often when I'm riding/lunging, even from across the field.
I use a steady "easy" to maintain (usually if she seems eager) and a slower "ea-s-y" to slow down. Those work great for Lily!
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