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post #11 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 11:37 AM
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The main reason why horses are laid down is because they are being dangerous. A lot of trainers do it to earn a horses respect quickly it is the most volunerable position for a horse. It helps with trust issues.

You need someone to do it with you but like everyone why are you wanting to do this? This method here should be used as a last resort. I have never done this personally but I have a friend that did do it with one of her horses she was training. You have to know what you are doing or you will get hurt or you can even hurt the horse done incorrectly.

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post #12 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I have done this before. What I was asking is would a friesian be to big?

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I see nothing about the size of the horse being a question in the original thread. Just saying.

Why does the size of the horse matter?

If you are experienced at this technique and you think this will some how benefit this horse, why does the horse being larger or smaller matter?
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post #14 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 11:53 AM
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Exactly. Why does it matter how big the horse is?

I don't agree with laying a horse down unless it's a last resort. There is a lot of potential for damage, both mental and physical.

What is the horse doing that makes this necessary? Or is this a normal step in the training procedure you follow? Not trying to attack you, but I'm genuinely curious.
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post #16 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 12:00 PM
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Would you mind explaining why this is a normal part of your training procedure? I've only used this method once with a dangerous horse, we used it as a last option...
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SugarPlum, people are just trying to understand. You are acting very troll-like for a person who has been around. Your one word (or a couple of word) answers that really do not answer any of the questions and are not helping you get an answer to your original question.
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Any breed of horse, any size and any color can be taught to do anything really. It all just a matter of finding the right way to do it for the horse. With laying down I don't really believe you need to have a good reason for it. The horse doesn't have to be dangerous to need to lay down. I love to challenge my horse and work on anything I can think of, and not everything is from the saddle. Teaching a horse to lay down and be comfortable laying down with you around is something I find to be very helpful and is an added safety precaution. My horse knows how to lay down, though I didn't teach him the way above, it took me well over a year to teach it to him but now I thank god that I did. Over the past five years I have had a few accidents in which Jake fell (once over jump, got caught in barbwire, tripped and fell) in which he laid down and stayed perfectly still until I was able to crawl away from him, get him untangled and check him over to make sure he was okay and waited until I asked him to get up. It has saved both of us a lot of possible situations where he could have hurt me in struggling.

Back to OP, I have found with teaching the lay down there are over a hundred different ways to do it and there is one way to do it to teach to your horse (safely) as each horse is different. If your going to do it be patient and Take your time, do not force it.
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There's a difference between training a horse to lay down on command and "laying a horse down." The former is great and can be a very useful tool. The latter is generally used to teach a horse to be submissive or gain "trust" etc. Think the movie "Horse Whisperer."
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Thankyou Horsesdontlie

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