Originally Posted by alexischristina
Unfortunately that isn't always how they work out, my horse was previously taught to bow (before I got him) and will now try to go down every time I pick up his feet to clean them. Another horse I know was taught to lie down, and whenever you're doing anything with his feet he WILL go down completely. Not good, considering his owner is a tiny 10 year old girl who knows how to discipline but is physically too weak to do anything about it. Additionally, once a horse is taught to lie down they may be more prone to figuring out how to lie down under saddle to get out of work.
That is mostly due to improper training of how to do the trick. IMHO. If you spend enough time establishing the only time WHEN they can lye down(you asking them), and leave NO
exceptions for it, Especially
in the beggining(Sp?) stages of the trick. "Oh, my horse Fluffy just learned to lye down, and even though he lyed down while I was lunging him, I don't want to punish him because he just learning this trick... And I don't want to discourage him." Sure, their is probably some horses who still do the trick to avoid work, BUT, if you establish it from the very beggining, of when
to do the trick, the likelyhood of this will be rare. You just need to know how to teach it.