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post #21 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 12:48 PM
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If you have to ask (about size), the answer is no because you don't know what you're doing. Laying down a horse improperly is not only stupid, it's ridiculously dangerous.

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If you have to ask (about size), the answer is no because you don't know what you're doing. Laying down a horse improperly is not only stupid, it's ridiculously dangerous.
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post #23 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 01:32 PM
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Hello SugarPlumLove!
I also want to teach my horse to lay down, but still haven't gotten there yet. I wouldn't attempt this untill your horse has complete trust and confidence in you. Horses can only go 6 ways, up, down, right, left, forwards, backwards. Can you get your horse to do all of those? If you can then your probably ready to try this, but if not I wouldn't try to push your horses trust or confidence. It will come with time, but do it in the horses time.
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I do know what I'm doing thank you very much
Then answer the questions I asked....

Why would the size of the horse matter, etc.
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post #25 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 01:38 PM
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Are you trying to teach the horse to lay down as a trick or because you have a dangerous horse?
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post #26 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 01:47 PM
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I do know what I'm doing thank you very much
Apparently not if you think size matters.

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post #27 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 01:47 PM
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We have a right to ask WHY you want to do it, because it's not something that's necessary when training. If you only want to do it because you think it's 'cool', that's a really stupid reason.

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That is not very polite, I can see your cuorosity for wondering why, but if you don't know her reason why, then you have no right to criticize. Just because you think there is no purpose for a laying a horse down, does not mean there isn't one. For me the case is advancing my horsemanship skills, I want to better myself. It might not be getting me any closer to winning a ribbon, belt buckle or money, but (with the right technique and approach) it will get me closer to my horses heart. That's all I want.
I hope this clears it up for you, you still might not fully understand our reason, but atleast you now know why. I believe she has that same reason, or something close to it.
I didn't mean to be rude in this post, but tried to be straight forward. If it came across as being rude, I'm sorry, its hard to really explain what you mean via typing, you know? Thanks for your time!
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That is not very polite, I can see your cuorosity for wondering why, but if you don't know her reason why, then you have no right to criticize. Just because you think there is no purpose for a laying a horse down, does not mean there isn't one. For me the case is advancing my horsemanship skills, I want to better myself. It might not be getting me any closer to winning a ribbon, belt buckle or money, but (with the right technique and approach) it will get me closer to my horses heart. That's all I want.
I asked a simple, polite question and got a rude response in return. If you have a problem with someone being 'not polite', I suggest you take it up with the OP, not me.

There are only TWO reasons to ever lay down a horse. One is because the animal is dangerous and needs a Come to Jesus meeting, and the second is because someone thinks it's 'cool'.

You're not going to bond better with your animal by forcing it to lie down. If you believe that, then someone's been feeding you a load of tripe.

I don't need you to 'clear up' anything for me, thank you. I understand the concept of laying a horse down, and I say unless the animal's dangerous, there's no good reason on the planet to do it.

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I am supremely puzzled as to why someone thinks that laying a horse down is going to make a majikal bond that nothing can break! Turn off the movies and get to work.

OP, if your original post was an actual question and you are not a troll...then just Why? Why would you post a thread asking how to do it if you already know?

If you just wanted to talk about laying your horse down, I am sure you would have gotten a better reception.
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post #30 of 63 Old 05-10-2011, 02:02 PM
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I think its cool that I can stop my horse from a canter without reins. Does that mean its stupid or unnecessary? I think when you start limiting your horse to things that are normal and purely functional. Teaching a horse to lay down is just another thing to do. Heck I think riding is cool. I don't believe that cool should be a bad option.

Should anyone and everyone teach a horse to lay down, heck no. It can be dangerous and stupid if you don't know what your doing. Do I suggest anyone else do it? No. Do I have a better bond just because I laid my horse down. No. I have a better bond because I worked through training on an idea. I worked on giving into pressure and making him think about working and trying to understand what I want. Its the training aspect I want, not just having the horse on the ground.

A good reason is that it keeps a horse calm in case of an emergency. If a horse has its legs caught, if its hurt, if the rider is hurt and the horse struggling would hurt the rider more. All good reason to have a horse that knows how to stay on the ground calmly without kicking or thrashing around.

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