Originally Posted by Saddlebag
When laying a horse down you are putting it in a very vulnerable position. Ever notice in a herd of two horses that they take turns rolling. Even when lying down to sleep, one will usually stand guard. Altho I haven't read the article, I know that when laying a horse down because of a troublesome attitude one must wait for the big sigh. When held down, the horse knows he's going to die and the big sigh is acceptance of the fact. That is when he can be let up. When he gets up he has new respect for the person who rescued him. When a horse will voluntarily lie down for a person that horse is expressing an enormous amount of trust.
Does this also mean that when they are laying down and you walk up to them and they stay down that they trust you? Always wondered this. My horse will lay down in front of me and just let me pet on him.
Also wonder if this is anything like the "tap" that I have heard about?