Voice commands during free longeing

Voice commands during free longeing

Post by KLOSTERG » Mon, 04 May 1998 04:00:00


There's been a lot of talk here about getting horses to follow voice commands
during free longeing.  How do you get the horse to respond to voice commands?
Mine just run from one end of the arena to the other.  Do they have to follow
commands perfectly on the longe line first in order to follow voice commands?
Or are voice commands too difficult in an arena vs. a round pen?

 
 
 

Voice commands during free longeing

Post by Michelle MacDonal » Mon, 04 May 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
> There's been a lot of talk here about getting horses to follow voice
commands
> during free longeing.  How do you get the horse to respond to voice
commands?
> Mine just run from one end of the arena to the other.  Do they have to
follow
> commands perfectly on the longe line first in order to follow voice
commands?
> Or are voice commands too difficult in an arena vs. a round pen?

I find it's easier to start in a round pen and move the the arena.  That
way if they are easily distracted, it's far easier to get them to listen to
you in the smaller round pen.  We have never had that particular problem
with any of our horses yet...our babies are so extremely imprinted they
seem to be constantly aware the person with them...of course that is the
advantage of having them from birth to train...=)  

 
 
 

Voice commands during free longeing

Post by Kare » Mon, 04 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>There's been a lot of talk here about getting horses to follow voice
commands
>during free longeing.  How do you get the horse to respond to voice
commands?
>Mine just run from one end of the arena to the other.  Do they have to
follow
>commands perfectly on the longe line first in order to follow voice
commands?
>Or are voice commands too difficult in an arena vs. a round pen?

You pretty much have to make sure your bases are covered from the ground up,
so to speak. The first step is to make sure your horse obeys and understands
you when you are working in-hand, grooming, leading, feeding, etc. If they
won't do it when you're right next to them, they won't do it on a lunge line
or when free lunging. Then, the horse must obey your commands on the lunge
line. Again, if they won't listen when you have a physical connection with
them, they certainly won't when free lunging. Once all of that has been
established, you can then work up to free lunging in an arena. I have
started some young horses by free lunging in a round pen before I put a line
on them, but they were extremely responsive to me in leading, etc. Horses
don't understand English. And they definitely don't understand a crazy woman
running around the middle of the arena screaming "WHOA!!!"  :) We have to
teach them what our silly words mean before letting them loose in a free
lunge situation.
-Karen R.

 
 
 

Voice commands during free longeing

Post by Jane H. Kilbe » Tue, 05 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> There's been a lot of talk here about getting horses to follow voice commands
> during free longeing.  

Your main communication with a horse who doesn't know lungeing and you want
to free lunge is your body language. Where you place your body, the stance
and how it focuses on the horse shows the horse what you want. For example,
if you are at the hip and encourage horse to go forward he will, then step
over to his shoulder, close the distance between you and the horse and even
step slightly in front and angle toward the horse, he will stop and turn.
Add voice to each of your commands as the horse does the action. He will
association the tone and sound with his action.

Quote:
> How do you get the horse to respond to voice commands?

See above.

Quote:
> Mine just run from one end of the arena to the other.  

That's because you let him do what he wants.

Quote:
> Do they have to follow
> commands perfectly on the longe line first in order to follow voice commands?

No

Quote:
> Or are voice commands too difficult in an arena vs. a round pen?

No...but you might want a smaller pen or corral because you don't have to
work near as hard vs a 150' x 300' arena!

down the tejas trails....
jane kilberg & her GOS (Gang of Spots) in the great nation of tejas

 
 
 

Voice commands during free longeing

Post by Trot » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>> There's been a lot of talk here about getting horses to follow voice
>commands
>> during free longeing.  

My gelding knew walk, trot, canter, ho (stop square, the direction you are
headed), hup ("listen up, transition coming') and brrrrrr ("easy, chill") in a
round pen.  When I turned him out to play in a big jumping arena  he would
take gait direction from me (when he was done galloping and bucking) and often
would end up circling around me at whatever gait I called out -- but only to
the left.  

Once I discovered this amusing  trick I tried turning him to the right.  He
would do a circle or two at the requested gait and then wander off.  Of course
the point of the turn-out was for him to play/move, so I never insisted that he
stick with me when we were in the arena.  Just found it interesting that he
would -- at least to the left.