Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:51 AM
I use left and right for verbal directions, come means turn sharp, and come left now means a serious sharp left turn. I also teach my horses a verbal half halt, I use the word Hup, gets their attention and they know something is coming when i use that word, be it a transition, or turn or whatever. its been very useful to me. My mare knows wait and lets go, but those are specific to her. i don't teach them all that yet as she's the only one going prelim level. I use these words instead of so much rein handling. it does help in hazards and cones. Like if I miss a turn and need to double back to get it, or "wrap" around a tree or something I can say Hup, come left now, and she will literally slow down, spin around the tree or whatever and we'll continue going and I won't have to get in her mouth much at all, just a slight direction left to follow the voice command. Then we take back off again on to where we need to be.
the reason why a lot of people don't like to use left and right is if you have a navigator and are talking to them about left and right your horse can get confused.