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post #11 of 17 Old 03-07-2013, 09:27 AM
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I found it:

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post #12 of 17 Old 03-07-2013, 06:15 PM
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Thank you I will definitely be reading this soon!

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post #13 of 17 Old 03-07-2013, 06:21 PM
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Alright so I read it quick. This sounds very interesting. One part that I really enjoyed was the idea that Warmbloods, on average, learned faster than the hotter horses! I find that incredibly interesting. Also, even though the study shows that the tone of voice doesn't make a difference, I still think that there is a possibility that if a person and a horse know each other well enough the tone of voice may make a difference. Plus we don't know how high of a tone the trainers in this study were using. Say they were barely raising their voices but were making them a little harsher. This could be a significant difference between how the horse may react if the trainer shouted at the horse.

Just my quick analysis :)
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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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post #15 of 17 Old 03-08-2013, 08:20 AM
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Galloping Guitarist. The article states that the horse does not respond to difference in vocal tones alone. However, you can condition a horse to respond to a vocal command if followed by another cue. IE, your hissing. At some point you conditioned your horse to respond to your hissing, by giving the horse more leg until you got the response you were after. Its the same as saying "whoa" you say "whoa" followed by stopping the horse; therefore, a horse can associate "whoa" to his stopping aids.
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Ooohh that would be a curiosity to look into...
For some reason though when I have a stronger voice it seems like the horse it is directed towards usually gets that "what did I do wrong" look. But could this be in the body language and not the voice? You should find that study and post it
I do not agree totally with that report.
Another thing I do not find warmbloods quicker learners, most are pretty thick!

If you ride a green TB into a fence and it tries and hits it, next time it will do one of two things - try to refuse or run out, or clear it by feet. Do the same with a warmblood and it will just keep hitting it.

One thing about using a toned voice - I can be in a stable with one horse and another, several stables down or, in the loose pen starts something and I can call out crossly, the horse I am with will not bat an eyelid but the ruckus will stop, not body language because they cannot see me.

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I think that while we're learning to "speak horse", they're learning to "speak human".

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