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post #1 of 8 Old 09-07-2010, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Talking How to teach my mare to bow

iam trying to teach my mare named Ffif to bow at the moment, she is almost there but she just hasn't got the hang of it yet...
i have been lifting her left fdront leg up and then placing the lead rope netx to her leg, and then putting a little preasure on the lead rope to pull her head down so she can bow down, i praise her everytime and she is doing well, i would just like some advice... if you have any thank you :P
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-07-2010, 11:26 PM
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That sounds about right the way you're doing it. I trained my mini to bow the same way but he was small enough for me to put pressure on his withers as well... Another way to do it is to get a nice soft, cotton rope (one that wont tighten too much) & tie it around the horse's foot & pull up with the rope, that way you have more leverage & you're in a better position to apply pressure to her halter in case she tries to pull her foot out... it's hard to explain.
My friend & i were teaching our weanlings to lay down the other winter & we used a cotton catch rope to hold their front leg up while we pulled their heads around to the other side (away from us) Theoretically this is supposed to set them off balance & they'll just plop over - not really! It takes a bit more persuasion than that at first.
Here are some pics of bowing & the one filly laying down. (Pally's first time bowing too)
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-08-2010, 01:45 AM
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I like this tutorial:

It's one of the only ones I've seen that doesn't use ropes but still demonstrates clearly. The rope method works great for some people but I personally don't like the idea of tying up a leg.

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thank you to both of you i will try with the cotton rope, and i will have a look at that website, that teaches you how to teach your horse to bow :P
thank you soooo much for replying to my tread :P i will eventually teach my mare Fifi to lay down as well thankx :P
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...i have taught you well have seen tess bowing as well...and cos i know fifi is a smart horse she will get it soon enough...just be persistant :P
P.S...4 days to pony club ribbon day....yay us!!!!...remember, you may need to borrow someones dressage whip in the dressage cos i dont think we can use a crop...Tess dont need it anyway....
I bet fifi will get a HUGE was and plait up before the day just like tess will....we need them to look their best. :)
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Boy that horse was... happy.... lol
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thanks everyone

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Boy that horse was... happy.... lol
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