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Re: verble cues

The only verbal cue all my horses know is  "hup" . They know something is going on. It can be mud, bad footing ect. The woman who started my morab trains all horses with that command . They know it means something is up and pay attention. They slow stride and come alert right away. She says it keeps you off their face.

We use the word "hup" also when we are riding.  We use this cue when we are riding alone but we nearly always have two or three of us riding on a lot of single track trail -- the first rider can see the obstacles ahead but they may not be as visible to the riders behind them.  The cue is given to alert the first horse to the obstacle (usually a tree root or branch across the trail) and also to alert the rider and horse behind them.  That person then gives the cue again as they approach the obstacle to alert the horse and rider behind them (their horse is already tuned in by the cue from the first rider.)  We have some trails that have some significant dips in the trail...for that we call out "diiip".  These work very well -- especially on hot, dusty rides where the obstacle can be totally obscured by dirt dust kicked up by the first horse.

Tyee Farm
Marysville, Wa.

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