You use them all the time.
Some you are aware of, such as when you press your leg against your horse’s side to ask him to walk forward or put pressure back on the rein to ask for a slowing down.
Others you are unaware of.
Perhaps you always shorten the reins before a canter transition, or you make your hips crooked before a leg yield.
But your horse knows your consistent signals, even if he does not always respond in the way you wish.
Our signals to horses are called “cues” in horse training. They are recognizable triggers for behavior. They can be big or small, they can be movements or sounds, but they are a base for our communication with our horses.
The better we understand how cues work and become more conscious of our cues, the easier we can communicate with our horse.
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