Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
Agree about verbal cues, once a horse has transferred them to riding, I don't use them, except I did use them in a reining stop, but certainly not in equitation type classes.
I also have found a few situations, where I used that whoa, in an emergency type of situation, with the horse having retained an ingrained response to it
Once, when Smilie was two, and we got accidentally into a nest of ground hornets, that ingrained response allowed me enough pause, even as she was being stung, to get her head checked around, and step off
Once, riding home down the road, on a completely draped rein, not bothering to take up any slack as that car cam towards us, as Smilie is very good with traffic, the young driver of that old car, gunned the motor, soon as he was just past us, with that old car giving off several loud back fires, that startled even me.
Before \i could ever gather up reins, Smilie took a few bolting jumps, but stopped dead, when I yelled ,'whoa'
Thus, while I don't regularity go around use voice cues, I find having that 'whoa' is just another tool in some situations
I attended a clinic (just watching ) by Stacy Westfall , and she explained as to how that bridless reining demo was possible, using the stop as the example
She teaches her horses to stop, using each of the three cues by themselves (reins, seat/legs and voice )
Thus, in a regular reining class, she can use all three together
Then in the tackless demo, she still has two left to use