I dunno, its interesting to me, but it isn't something I'd ever do. I guess I just don't get it.
All I can think is it looks like a great way for a horse to knock their hips or back or ribs out of alignment, and put a bunch of stress on the knee and fetlock. I can see a horse injuring their stifle with this exercise as well. I'd rather try something different than lay a horse down and then have to pay for a few $100 sessions with a chiro to put it back together. *shrug*
Can you explain the technique more? Why did you choose this specific exercise? I'm not being rude at all, I just don't get it!
I'm always open to new ideas though. I've heard of this before, but never watched a video like yours.
I don't blame you for being skeptic, I was myself at first. And I assure you this is a LAST resort with Eve...like I said before I've tried traditional JoinUp with her NUMEROUS times but she simply doesn't get it. She sees the round pen as a place to work, not as a place for human and horse to become one. I don't know how else to put it...the round pen to Eve is lunging, not round penning. I suppose I brought that on myself by teaching her to lunge on-line IN the round pen, so that the fence acted as a guide for her. Now even off-line, round penning is lunging.
I do realise the strain this exersize is putting on her joints, I'm definitely not overlooking that. But just like traditional JoinUp, once they understand it, the work beforehand becomes less...after a week or two, I don't plan on laying her down to warm her up before I work with her. Every now and again as a refresher if she gets ornery yes, but I don't want this to be part of our daily routine.
Without traditional JoinUp, I'd done ALOT of groundwork. Lots of desensatizing, lots of leading, lots of ground driving...and it was paying off slowly, but not the same as the other horses I have. At first I thought it was a breed thing, I've never had a draft before and I know they mature physically slower than average horses, thought maybe she's behind mentally too...so we took a couple steps back and went back to ground manners and leading. I'm just sick of her clipping the back of my heels, testing how many extra steps she can get before a stop, and plain out ignoring my request to trot. She had NO respect for me as a human or handler. NONE. I was a fly on the wall and if she *felt* like it, she'd do as I ask.
At this point I tried JoinUp again, thinking maybe it had been enough time since we'd lunged and she'd connect the dots but so such luck. So I started looking into alternative methods. This is when I was told about laying down a horse. I'm very new to it myself so won't be the best at describing it, but I'll give it a go.
From my understanding, you're asking the horse to get into it's most vulnerable position and therefore placing it's trust in you. I'm not FORCING her down, but I'm making laying down the easy option, staying standing harder. When she struggles to stay up, that's the "work" before Joining Up, same as sending them out in a round pen. When she gives and lays down, she's completely relaxed and the fights over - she's Joining Up, same as entering the center of the round pen. I wish I could have a camera in my pocket when I do this because as soon as she goes down, she's licking, chewing, and has her eyes closed, nice deep breathes...she is totally relaxed and has placed her trust in me.
Not sure if that clarified anything for you? I'm sure other members with more experience than I could give you a better definition, but that's my take on it.