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post #11 of 20 Old 02-04-2008, 05:30 PM
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eek, I'm really nervous about all those ropes tied to their hoofs too >.<

But the thing is, you don't need those ropes at all!

First what you do:

1) Make a fist, and touch your horse's nose with your fist and then reward him with a treat. After a few days of that, see if he'll search for your fist and touch it -- as if it's a target. When he does, pat him and reward him with a treat. Now, once he associates your fist with a target, you can start to move your fist between his legs and he should follow and hit your fist with his nose -- to get the target and treat!

2) With this in mind, then you can start to ask him to put his head between his legs and he will lean back naturally -- then you get the bow!!!

3) After you teach him the bow, lay down is just one simple step after. It's really natural for a horse to lay down so you could probably just move your hand so it forces him to lay down to get the target and there you go!

Now, while you're teaching him his tricks, teach him the words to them so he will be able to do his tricks on command!
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post #12 of 20 Old 02-04-2008, 05:33 PM
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I think that's also very good for trust! :)
I say try to teach it!
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post #13 of 20 Old 02-04-2008, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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poptart: I think a lot of horses that go on trail rides alot should learn to lay down and the rider get on that way sometimes so if a serious injury really happened the rider could get on and get home with out to much of an effort. Even tho I don't go on many trail rides its just a good thing and I want to know that my horse would trust me that much to lie down.

Grendel: thank you for the reply that sounds like a better way to teach the horse to lay down instead of a rope the rope will be my very very last resorce.


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post #14 of 20 Old 02-05-2008, 06:54 PM
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they why not just walk up to your horse when he's laying down? I do that to Junior all the time..he never gets up for me....idk I guess I just never thought of it that way.
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post #15 of 20 Old 02-05-2008, 08:33 PM
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^^^ if she's anything like me she may never see her horse laying down. My horses don't live at my house so im not there all the time and they are never laying down when I see them. Its always breakfast and dinner time and there is no laying down at that time of day lol

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post #16 of 20 Old 02-05-2008, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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lol yup that's pretty much it jazzy my horse doent lay down a lot anyways I see my horse A LOT but she probably lays down when im not there lol so ur luck y to be able ot just walk up to ur horse while they are laying down he trust you! :) see I just bought 5yr old horse so she doesnt trust me yet so im not going to start working on laying her down intill I know she trust me enought to at least let her kneel. My other horse layed down and let my pet him a lot but I had to sell him so I want to do this with lexi
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post #17 of 20 Old 02-06-2008, 08:50 AM
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One of my fillys must have trusted me straight out of the womb. She was laying down in the stall, I walked up to her and gave her an enema she never even tried to get up and run away, and she was only an hour or so old. She has been like that from day one, no fear of humans. Only one of the 3 babys we have had that was like that. She is still that way, just really calm and freindly. If I was to train one to lay down she would be it. She takes every training session in stride and is a very quick learner. Good luck in teaching to lay down. I can see where it could be a handy thing for a horse to know. Just watch out for those feet when they stand up :)


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post #18 of 20 Old 02-06-2008, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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lol ya don't worry I will

And that's so cute about the filly!


Any tips to help me teach her to lay down.
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post #19 of 20 Old 02-06-2008, 02:55 PM
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Heres a website that has a step by step
http://www.naturalhorsesupply.com/down1.shtml
That's a really great website in general they have lots of good info on it.


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post #20 of 20 Old 02-06-2008, 03:45 PM
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that's a very interesting article.
Thanks for posting it Vida
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