Is it just an old cowboy trick, or is it actually useful in establishing leadership with a horse that hasn't responded to other methods of training?
I've read that laying a horse down should only be used as a last resort. What if by laying a horse down to start with, you could eliminate behaviors that are aggressive from the start and not have the horse knowing if they bite/kick/buck/etc hard enough, it will rid them of what is bothering them.
I'm mainly asking this as I aquired a 12 year old mustang mare, whom for the last TEN YEARS has sat in a field, and not made to do anything or have any ground manners. As a matter of fact, she had intimidated her former owner so much so that she wouldn't even make her pick up her feet for fear of being bitten or kicked. I will be seeking the help of a trainer, but I am working with her for the moment. I will say now that if I do in fact see it neccessary to lay her down, I will have someone who is experienced in doing it so that I won't harm myself nor her.
She is not aggressive out of fear, but out of having learned that it gets rid of the thing she does not like or want to do.
I am wondering if laying her down to start with will help us progress not neccessarily faster, but in a more positive way.