Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
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.
On the flip side, my horse has also been taught to follow you (walk, trot or canter depending on how fast you're going) to the mounting block and scooch his own butt over so he's in the perfect position for mounting. Also works on fences, rocks, logs, etc. my favourite 'trick' and one I think is useful for all horses ESPECIALLY those who are often on the trail.