Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
My horse responds to voice commands. If I hiss that means either speed up or gallop (depending on the force I hiss with), if I tell him 'settle' he slows down, easy means calm down, and I also use, 'walk on', ho, stand. He doesn't always respond to these ques right away, but he knows what they mean. We just have more attitude work to do.
I taught a couple long yearling TB's (filly and a gelding) a vocal command (SSSST!) for when they were going to freak out or if they were going to bite/strike/kick me. The filly especially was had a sour attitude, if you petted or groomed her longer than she liked, she'd bite, strike, or kick you. She was pretty but very evil. And she only got worse on the race track so I hear.
Anyways, I think that horses full well understand our voice commands and the tone of voice that we use. Whether that is taught (for the most part it is, I think) or they just know...
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