Talking While Riding

QUESTION: Many Amateurs, Juniors and some trainers talk to their horses during a round. Do you find it offensive?

“Whoa,” “easy,” “knock it off!”  Whether to soothe, guide or reprimand a horse, the rider’s voice is a useful aid in certain circumstances. Our judges comment on the use of the voice during a horse show performance.

Judges’ Answers to this question:

Leo Conroy:

Frank Willard:

Scott Fitton:

Johnny Barker:

Jumping Clinic:

Scott Williamson: