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How to Teach Bentley to lie down

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    01-12-2010, 01:30 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
You should always lay a horse down with it's back toward you. Keep all the parts that can hurt you away. Not only can your horse panic and hit you witha hoof but if she jerks her head she can hit you and that would make for a very bad day. Keep her head turned untill she is all the way down.
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    01-12-2010, 01:32 PM
Green Broke
Thanks kevinshorses, but I already mentioned that in my post. I'm aware of how it's supposed to be done and I will be working to correct that in the future. However, I've found that when a horse is on it's knee, it seems to panic more if you turn it's head around as to pushing on it's hip. How would you rectify that? Just ignore it and keep going?
    01-12-2010, 01:42 PM
She doesn't need her face turned all the way around. Just a little off the center line. That will help get the hip to follow the rest of the horse down and prevent her from suddenly going the wrong way and hurting you. I like to start with my saddle on with the stirrups tied across the seat. I use the cantle to help get the hindquarters over.

After I had posted I read your post more carefully and realized you had already said most of what I did.
    01-12-2010, 02:03 PM
Green Broke
Thanks kevinshorses, I'll give that a shot. I'm not overly concerned with Jynx, but I need to know how to do it right in case I'm faced with a more problematic horse in the future. I'm pretty quick on my feet, but every little bit helps.
    01-12-2010, 02:07 PM
It doesn't hurt any less if she does it on accident than on purpose.
    01-12-2010, 02:45 PM
LOL this is so funny I just laid my horse down for the first time and I use the same method you are useing with the lead ropes it seems to work great! My horse is real smart and Im sure I wont have to use ropes for long I give it one month it I lay her down once to twice a day!!! With lots of treats and praise :)
    01-12-2010, 02:46 PM
Green Broke
True, but of the things I do on a daily basis, catching a hoof to the calf is likely the least of my worries. Also, no offense to anyone, but if you're not alert enough or quick enough to know when to avoid the hooves, you probably shouldn't be laying a horse down. I understand safety precautions, but it seems to me that if you're messing around with a horse on three legs who's bouncing around, you've already gone through the dangerous part. Obviously I'm not saying it can't happen when they're down, but again, alertness is all it should take, in my opinion.

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