"Gee, what horses are you people training and to respond to what-contract
law? Every barns' school horses learn verbal cues -walk, trot and canter-
pretty damn fast, though I have to admit they seem to respond to walk a
lot more willingly. ;-)"
Can't speak for John, but I am working on a couple of potential movie
horses at the moment. Requires a bit more than "walk-trot and canter"
around a circle in a closed arena...I'm dealing with front strikes, kick,
lay down, roll over, get up from laying position with rider, sound off
(stallion whistle), "fight", "stomp", "sad", "nuzzle", and the liberty
"stand up" (rear without rider) and same with rider, etc. There's also
the unattended climb stairs, and my favorite, "FLY" which I use to tell
them to take off and run proud...I've got one of the best looking black
and white overo paint stallions I've ever seen or heard of, great
great mind, big heart and not a mean bone in his body (I run him with
mares and geldings year round). He is only 4 which is young for this
kind of training, but he is making good progress, and is one dramatic
looking animal. He has never been shown, and only a few people have ever
seen him, but one of these days you will, you will know him by the
deepest darkest penetrating aqua blue eyes, you've ever seen on a paint,
and there is no mistaking him as a herd stallion, he is one proud son of
a er gun ;), that's the way I breed em, that's the way I train em, that's
the way I like em.