“Stacy-When you start your training program do you know ahead of time all the cues will be used and then build, build build during training so your horse learns the cues? Do you adjust the cues as training progress dependent on how your horse is working with the queues? Do you use hand cues; I see a lot of hand and mane work, is this to make Roxy comfortable or where there cues in that motion? Are you talking to Roxy during the show? It looks like you are. Do you talk to your horses outlound for help and encouragement?
Jac looks great. -Jackie”

Jackie- Let me try to answer all of these:mounted shooting Popcorn

Q-When you start your training program do you know ahead of time all the cues will be used and then build, build build during training so your horse learns the cues?

A-I use all the same cues. They can be modified, for example, when I am mounted shooting I don’t want them as ‘sucked back’ as I do if I am getting ready to show bridleless. The foundation is the same-the horse still has all the same cues, I just use them slightly different.

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Q-Do you adjust the cues as training progress dependent on how your horse is working with the queues?

A- I change the cues depending on what I want to do with the horse. They all need to be competent in the cues.

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Q-Do you use hand cues; I see a lot of hand and mane work, is this to make Roxy comfortable or where there cues in that motion?

A-Watch the Jac series and you will see how I use all of my hand/bridle cues. In the Roxy video I was not using hand cues to communicate with her. I needed to hang on so I would’t fly off at times….so I thought it would look good and keep ME calm if I played with her mane…

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Q-Are you talking to Roxy during the show? It looks like you are. Do you talk to your horses outlound for help and encouragement?

A- I was singing along with the song (lol) to keep my timing, lip-syncing actually. The only voice cues were; kiss to lope, cluck to run faster, kiss to roll-back, whoa to stop. My horses are so cued into my body I don’t use verbal beyond what I mentioned. At home, being silly, I will a little for the benefit of my kids, etc who are around. Between me and the horse we are mostly non-verbal…it is a beautiful thing!

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