I used to lay a lot of horses down. It really messes with their heads....
...It does far more to a horse's psyche than you could ever imagine...
Sincere apologies for completely lacking any understanding/frame of reference for the term "laying a horse down" and what it means in terms of training.
I am guessing that it has to do with Western riding/training, and with my, (for all intents and purposes), 100% English riding
/hunt/jump background, I find myself at a total loss
regarding the term and really wanting to understand that which can A) really mess with horse's heads and B) "do" something to their psyche!
Naturally any training imparted onto any animal (or human for that matter) does have the capacity to "mess with the trained being's head" because their "usual" or "normal" behavior is being changed and something else is being artificially "inserted" into it's place, which to me is both fascinating and must be, IMO, undertaken with the utmost of knowledgability and professionalism.
The "laying down" issue seems to be cloaked in an aura of mystery to hear the way it is being talked about...thus,I feel I must know. Thanks in advance, and sorry to sound/be so naive about this!
(Oops...please see my "edit" below...despite having now seen the post right above mine and now feeling more silly than I did BEFORE :0) I am still interested in any additional information to add to what I have now read above! Thank you so much...)