Cues Not Commands

June 13, 2018

 

This episode is part of a long conversation Dominique Day and I were having one afternoon in late May.  Dominique had been rewatching the Loopy Training DVD.  So our conversation began with a discussion of movement cycles and poisoned cues.  Last week we focused in on Loopy Training - what it means and how it brings emotional balance into our training.  That discussion brought us to cue communication - the main focus of this week’s podcast.

 

Cues are contrasted with commands.  Command-based training is the norm in the horse world.  It is: "I tell - you, horse, respond (or else)."  Cues, in contrast, are an invitation.  There are no threats backing them up.  Commands-based training shuts down communication.  Cue-based communication opens it up.  We explore the difference these two mindsets create for our training choices and outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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