I want to teach my horse two things... jumping and bowing. I want him to "bow" because he is so tall and I want him to lay down when I need to get on... how do start with that? He does pretty well with jumping, but additional tips would be lovely. He is a saddlebred, never jumped be seems so... natural when he jumps. Like, he was born with the ability. Thanks!
It is true that you have to be carefull, but that goes for everything you do with horses :) You have to know your horse and your horse must trust you completely. All the basic training must be in place before you start, especially the lie down. Your training area must be soft enough for him/her to bow or lie down. I teach my horses tricks and it´s great fun, but it takes a long time and a lot of patience. It would take a long time to explain all the steps, but if you´re interested I can tell you.
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.
Well I am not real light-but not exactly fat either. But he is old, but the vet seems to think he has good joints and all, so, I will have to see. I plan on losing 10-20 lbs, that would be me in a great body form, and he wouldn't have much trouble at all.