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post #1 of 32 Old 03-29-2010, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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The kissing cue for canter

I can't seem to get the hang of making the sound, and when I try, its not very loud so I doubt very much my horse would hear me in the round pen. Is there a knack to it? I have been practising but not improving!
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Just have to keep working at it. When I started years ago I too was not very good at making the sound but over time and working at it I have improved quite a bit. Which is good as that is how must of the horses are trained to pick up speed in most of the maneuvers.

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Hey I took my stud out the other day where the western riders were and with all the kissing and smooching going on, you never saw the thing drop so quick.

He sure got in the mood.
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I personally just use the tongue cluck/click as a general "speed up" cue. It was too confusing for ME to remember to kiss for canter, cluck for trot. When I'm in a walk, I cluck and say "trot" and use a little leg. When I'm in a trot I use a little leg, cluck and say "get up". Works well for me. We've never tried walk to canter, but I'm sure with a little bit more leg and the right cue he'd do just fine.
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So funny, all these noises us horsey people need to make ;) I'm not sure how to explain it, I just thing of giving someone a HUGE kiss, like on a cartoon...I used to be terrible at all of these noises and used to think they were confusing, but once you get the hang of it it's more like second nature. I don't even notice myself doing it anymore. Kinda funny, one day in the crowded halls at school, I started clucking to the people not even realizing it...I got some weird looks
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Where the heck did this start anyways? I didn't find out about the whole "kiss" to canter thing until 2-3 years ago when I started riding with the western riders.....
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I personally just use the tongue cluck/click as a general "speed up" cue. It was too confusing for ME to remember to kiss for canter, cluck for trot. When I'm in a walk, I cluck and say "trot" and use a little leg. When I'm in a trot I use a little leg, cluck and say "get up". Works well for me. We've never tried walk to canter, but I'm sure with a little bit more leg and the right cue he'd do just fine.
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Eh, I just do the whole cluck thing, maybe kiss if I feel like it...........lol
The horses get what I mean no matter, because I make it clear to them :)
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So funny, all these noises us horsey people need to make ;) I'm not sure how to explain it, I just thing of giving someone a HUGE kiss, like on a cartoon...I used to be terrible at all of these noises and used to think they were confusing, but once you get the hang of it it's more like second nature. I don't even notice myself doing it anymore. Kinda funny, one day in the crowded halls at school, I started clucking to the people not even realizing it...I got some weird looks
Too funny! When I ask a horse to move over, I usually poke them with a finger (like when I'm grooming and I need to get them to step over) and one time I did that with my Mom when she was in my way in the kitchen. She said "Don't treat me like a horse!" Lol!
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post #9 of 32 Old 03-30-2010, 01:41 AM
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The way to make the kissing noise really loud is the suck your cheeks in, then make the kissing noise. I tend to not use it as most of the horses I ride respond to 'hup' as their speed up cue.
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I have tried so hard to get the hang of it. I can kind of make a squaky kiss sound, but they don't know what it means. So instead I taught my horses that a "Purr" or me rolling my tongue (Half mexican, easy for me to do) is to lope. No one in my family (Except Mom) can make the kissy noise. :(

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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