Riding Aids - Cues


    I have just briefly looked at your comments and I will add some clarifications. You must recognize the difference between cues and aids.

     People took the term aid from old books and use it instead of the word cue. People today ride with cues not with aids. I have yet to see a rider that is living and uses aids. The same difference is in riding a horse or riding on the horse. The riding the horse requires aids; the riding on the horse requires cues. You both ride on the horse.
   Please do not take it the wrong way, but if you did not have a teacher that would give you foundation for it, you have nothing to build on and since there is so much to learn your chances to find it are very slim, or better said non-existent, especially if you spend only one hour riding per day with fairly limited number of horses. In addition you also need horses that would show to you how to ride them, not how to ride on them and there not too many of those either. Hence I am saying one must have the deep seat to be able to ride the horse and without at least four hours of riding several horses per day this cannot be done. People today are not sitting in horses they are sitting on them that is the fundamental difference.

     When one truly rides a horse there are no limits to it. On the other hand when one rides the horse via cues there are limitation set by the horses ability to distinguish one from the other. In addition the combination of the elements around and the horseís constant anticipation, it can be quite a mess sometimes. On the other hand the riding the horse eliminates the anticipation factor of the horse to zero and the influence of the outside elements is significantly dulled.
   Talented horse will manage about 15 - 25 words and cues combined, while the average horse about 10 - 15. A good dog on the other hand can handle almost fifty. One could say that a dog can handle a vocabulary of fifty words. However that is pushing it, hence a good dog trainer will divide them into sound cues and sight cues (hearing seeing). The limits of the true riding of a horse are not set by the horse but by the rider, while the cue style riding is limited by the capacity of the horse to differentiate and then associate various cues with responses. Both riding styles are of course a subject to the physical ability of the horse to perform required work or task.

    Iíve done both types of riding since Iíve ridden for many trainer in different places and countries and as a professional rider (employee) I did what I was told, to ride in any style, any type of horse in any type of equipment and environment, and some places and situations were down outright insane. (Professional riders ask no questions, they do what they are told and they get it done). Mostly I trained horses to go for cues, because they could not be sold or ridden by other riders if trained to aids.
   The horses that Iíve genuinely ridden were far too few, because once when introduced to the horse the horse will tend to refuse other riders that cannot truly ride, no matter the age of the horse. For the interest of the horse and his well being it is impractical to accustom the horse to be ridden as in giving aids, because he will be looking not just for guidance but also for help. Aid is help! Cue is prompt! One can hardly help a horse if he is hanging there for a dear life, or pulling on the horseís mouth, trying to influence his balance or interferes with the horseís motion. Hence the foundation of a genuine rider is the seat, thus the seat article is also the foundation article of several articles that will help to clarify and show the differences between riding the horse and riding on the horse.


   Ps; Serving one self is an accomplishment if that makes him more productive. Only then he can be of use to other life. Horse is one of those instruments that could make a man more productive, but most just become consumers due to self-interests and pride. A reason will hardly guide a man to the truth, but the truth makes always sense and never changes, while opinions do.

Written by Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a Lee Stanek