How to get horse to bow

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    07-31-2012, 09:46 AM
How to get horse to bow

Well my horse has been taught to bow but with a carrot and (i think) a whip... getting to the point I got him to bow with a piece of carrot down near his legs and by lifting his leg near me down back onto the ground. Than I said Bow after he did it, so did I do it right ? This lady told my auntie how good I was near the horses but she didn't see when I moved the carrot near my head and Horse nearly knocked me out This is a large TB 16.2 or over is there an easier way than lifting the leg (its heavy) ? I want some one that does natural horsemanship and has done this (a bow) to answer my question. Ploise
Olivia ps. I actually got him to do it that was the first time I tried to get him to do it ass well but did I do it wrong ? Because I hardly ever train my dog with food and I don't want him to become bratty over food and expecting food each time he does something. Do you use food ? A rope ? How do you use it ?
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    07-31-2012, 10:04 AM
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I suggest you find someone experienced who can show you how to do it. And you have to be 100% sure that the horse is physically fit to do it - bowing is stressful on his tendons and ligaments, and asking him to bow at once to the ground can cause dangerous resistance. Also, don't use a rope to lift a horses' leg if you don't know how to do it - better teach him to lift his feet FOR you, not just let YOU lift his legs.
    07-31-2012, 10:14 AM
Thank you don't worry his fit I ride him 3 times a week for a hour, and yea I thought you had to make them* move their leg thank you :) I will try with a whip and do pressure and release I only do a bow on sand or dirt and after I've ridden him
    07-31-2012, 10:17 AM
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Being ridden sometimes has nothing to do with being able to really stretch - these things have to be done carefully and slowly, at the horses' pace. ;) You can start with picking up his leg and then swinging it slowly and softly back and forth for a few times. When he does this without resistance, you can start adding pressure on his chest just as much to make him sway a little backwards. That will be a start, from where you will be able to gradually increase the motion until he will be ready to bow. Of course, to do that, your horse has to recognize pressure on chest as the cue to back up.
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    07-31-2012, 10:29 AM
This is exactly what the previous owner has been doing so I do what she has been doing as swell
    07-31-2012, 10:33 AM
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As for him being bratty around food and nearly knocking you out - you should really work on your groundwork and his respect. Maybe try Clinton Anderson, his method seems to address such issues really well.
    07-31-2012, 11:04 AM
When I train with food, except with the bow, I put my hand in such a way that the horse has to turn his head away in order to get it. They learn that they get nothing if they get to snooping my body for treats. If the horse gets grabby, I'll pop him on the lips with the back of my hand.With bowing look up clicker training. Less chance of you getting hurt and he will learn to touch the target (a small plastic bottle taped to the end of a 30" stick. You can then safely reach under his belly to encourage him to bring his head back. He will try to touch the target once he understands that his treat will follow.
    07-31-2012, 06:20 PM
Thanks I think I will do this with out food as his previous owner always just gave him food, which hasn't made him bratty but he has been taught to just reach out for food which isn't his fault, and yh I don't ever get time to do ground work because my lease is that I do what the owner just tells me to do with the horse so I just ride him english because that's what im told to do. Thanks Saddle bag that sounds like a good idea getting him to touch a target but I probably wont have time any more to get him to bow again but if I ever do at least I know now :)
As owner has come back so just back to the riding 3 times a week in the arena or paddock, I suppose I can sneak a bow in every couple of weeks considering I ride him bareback from the paddock using the halter one reined every while and then XD

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