My husband recently decided to double our horse population. The horses he
decided to buy are 2 registered 6 yo paint mares and a 4 yo QH gelding.
When we went to look at the horses my husband made me test drive the horses
since he currently has a broken leg. When I rode the blue roan paint mare I
had trouble making her go at first. I would cluck to her like I do with my
horses and she would slow down instead of speed up. Of course after some
frustration the guy who owned her explained to me the commands she was
taught. Here they are:
The cluck sound was for back up (see the confusion?).
The kiss sound was for go forward.
For stop he would use Shhhhhhhh.
These seem very unusual to me. Are these common commands for these actions?
After getting used to it I kind of like the Shhhhhh for stop. It is a very
distinctly different sound and boy do these horses stop when you make that
sound. The cluck for back up however, I have a hard time with.
The only down side to these horses is that he trained them with spurs so a
light touch with your heal doesn't work well. I'm used to my horse that
responds to a very light touch to make him speed up or change gears.