Verbal commands for driving
Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:52 AM
I am training a driving pony myself, working with a "mentor" trainer. She says we should use words to mean right or left for driving. She uses "git here" and "come over" - I can never remember which is right and which means left.
So, I am curious is this the norm? I attended a CDE clinic many years ago and have taken a few driving lessons - and this was never mentioned to me before. This trainer says it is expected that you use these commands during arena driving trials and CDEs. Comments?
Oh, and here is my 11.1H pony in his new comfy fit harness! Still getting things adjusted.... and still looking for a cart!
Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:02 AM
Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:24 AM
I like to use git up, for when we're going up an incline or pulling an unexpected load so the horse knows to put some muscle behind it. I also use come 'round when I'm making a tight turn, one where the horse will need to cross over. I find it helps somewhat so that they know what I expect.
I have a bit of a habit of saying yes! (which is my marker word for when I don't have my clicker with my dogs) when they do something right but I'm not sure if they pay all that much attention to that though I suppose they might be. I really say yes more than I say good boy/girl. :D
Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:07 PM
Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:25 PM
There are no rules specifying *what* you say (I say right and left, or for tight, fast turns, right-right and left-left...I guess my horse speaks English). Unlike ridden dressage where verbal cues are a no-no, in driving it is assumed that verbal cues help to make up for not having leg and seat cues and really should be used. You could say port and starboard and I can't imagine you would get marked down, but if anyone else is ever likely to drive your horse it would be wise to stick with the somewhat standard.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:30 PM
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