Originally Posted by Abby
Teaching your horse to lie down so you can get on is great except it is EXTREMELY hard on them (and their joints!) to get back up with rider weight.
Its almost dangerous.
You say that as if you were referring to all horses. Yes, of course a small, old, weak, or unhealthy horse, or one with a large rider it can be very hard on them. Some horses joints aren't up to it.
But for a healthy horse with a light rider it's nothing to jump up off the ground.