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post #1 of 6 Old 11-18-2012, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Head lowering trick (on the ground!)

I recently learned this trick and have been trying it on my horses.

So, you feel behind the highest bone on the top of their head and push behind it with your finger tips. It's a sort of pressure point and makes them put their heads down. It's very nifty! I've found that some horses get grumpy about it, but once they understand that when they lower their heads and you release and give them 'praise' and make it a good place, they lower their heads very willingly. Soon, as soon as you put your fingers in that spot (I like to call it a 'button') they know what you're gonna ask and just put their heads down.

It's awesome for horses that are a PAIN to bridle, I did it with my dads massive appendix QH mare.

Here's a quick video of the second or third time I've done this with my big beast, Squiggy.

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Anyone else do this trick?

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Have been doing this for years.
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Yup, I love it! I have to do it quite a bit with one of my horses when they get their feet done. Helps her relax.

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That bone is the horse's poll, and it's not a trick. It's something pretty standard that most people use to encourage a horse to lower their head to pressure.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-19-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I'm special. MY dad always told me that just pushing down on the poll was the way to go, until someone showed me the "button". I live a pretty sheltered life XD

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-19-2012, 08:04 PM
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I do the same thing, I use it for flighty horses especially as putting their head down helps sift them out of flight mode
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