Peppy, this is an Amish method. This is how the Amish break their horses from spooking. It requires two heavy, strong, and experienced men to accomplish this. Where I am from, everyone sends their horses to the Amish to be broke. I can account that they produce very well trained horses, if you find a reputable Amish trainer. Of course just because the trainer is Amish, doesn't mean the horse will be well trained. I've seen people get their horse back missing one eye, but this can happen with any fly by night trainer. I trained my horse to lay down by tying one leg up and pulling the reins backwards into a bow, then nudge him over on his side, then I sit on him and pet his ears and rub his face. I would never recommend someone to be brutal in these methods. Always remember, the soft hand makes the soft horse.