That's How I work with mine, to get them to lay down and bow, only I have a hold on both ropes, so incase they panick I can just let go of the one around the belly/foot. I used to do it by just holding the foot with my hand and cueing, but my back is too crummy for that, so I had to modify!
Eventually they refine the cue to a tap on the shoulder means bow, and when they are down, if I put a little pressure on the front of the wither, that means lay down. It takes awhile, depending on the horse, but it works well.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 01-11-2010 at 08:49 PM.