Now there isn't a hard and fast rule about what to use as a verbal cue, however the most common (that I know of) are whoa, hup and easy. Whoa seems to be the most popular, at least among the people I know.
I personally use 'easy' for the simple reason that when I say whoa I want my horse to know it means W.H.O.A. As in STOP. Now.
Well back when I was still running Cessa I screwed up. Of course I did, when something goes wrong when we're riding it is most likely OUR fault after all ;)
Back to my story... It was an early spring jackpot. The first one I'd been at in ages. I was deep in the order of go and being that there was still snow on the ground the 'waiting area' was inside the arena. So there I am watching girl after girl run until it was my turn.
Cessa started off so nice, running free and easy to first. And then I did it. I said 'whoa'.
And she did.If I could read her mind I'm pretty sure she would have been thinking "WTH!?" because after that split second of a stop (and yes it was a complete stop) she picked back up, went around first and headed for second.
Needless to say we didn't place lol
Today is the first go for finals and I WON'T say 'whoa' to either or the boys until I want them to actually stop ;)