How to Teach Your Horse to Stop // Voice Commands // Horse Training Tips with Deanna Corby Dressage

Teaching your horse to stop on command is an important training tool that will ensure your safety as a rider. The “trill” sound doesn’t sound like anything else we say in the English language so we can really get our horse’s attention and get our horse to stop faster. It’s important to know the trill sound to stop your horse if your horse is spooking, getting too strong and fast, or if you are losing your balance in the saddle. Once your horse responds to the trill sound and stops, it is important to reward him with a treat. Giving a treat as positive reinforcement every time your horse stops will encourage the horse to stop quickly and consistently. Learning the trill sound gives the rider verbal “brakes” to stop her horse.

Deanna Corby with Deanna Corby Dressage is a dressage trainer, riding instructor and dressage competition judge based out of Waxhaw, NC, just outside of Charlotte. Deanna offers riding lessons and horse training to students and horses of all ages and experience.
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5 Responses

  1. Lina Hebi
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    Doesn't your horse learns not to stop, but come to you? I find these as different things. My horse commes to me every time on voice command, but I can't get him to stop on the same place, where he is (by himself, under saddle or on the longe).

  2. 195419771983
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    I specialize in horse training, but I am an Animal Behaviorist. I always use distint word association, and there are always different sounding words to use. I never say 'whoa', as people tend to use this even for slowing down, this just confuses the horse as to what you are asking. I say 'halt' for stop. Trill sounds and any other non -word musical sounds I use for emothional affect/support such as to relax or reward or sometimes correct. A sound sliding up or down gets an emotional response and has more supportive affect, (it is music). Horses are very auditiory, my horses lower their heads or bring them in by voice, (head in or head down) and will extend or collect, drive forward or downwhen given a bar of beats (music). Beats or trills sliding up ask for more forward energy, a downward slide, asks the horse to drive down. I wanted to present another line of thought on this topic, for those who are interested.

  3. Lisa Pagel
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    Ok, I'm sold. First time I have watched this…'ll hear me "trillin" from now on….(don't laugh on my first few tries, ok? and for gosh sake, don't tell me I am "off key"….lol..)

  4. M Phifer
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    Love , love, love that you use positive reinforcement! I just got back into riding as an adult with the goal of competing in dressage and the best thing I have found for me and my horses is the use of positive reinforcement. Keep up the tips because I will definitely be watching!

  5. Sara Fraker
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    Love this!

    At some point do we phase out the treats?
    I'll be doing this with Spirit soon!

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