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    04-12-2012, 11:40 AM
We "threw" my gelding. It was a very gentle process and Jack was a good boy and just laid down once he realized there was no recourse. He was down for about 30 min before he gave, but it has made a huge difference in his attitude.
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    04-12-2012, 12:21 PM
Cowchick; thank you so much for the very scientific explanation, as a nurse that really helped me to "get" the change, as described in the brain, regarding the sympathetic and parasympathetic response going on within the makes perfect sense, and I can clearly see how it would work well in a controlled situation and when done with kindness andconfidence on the part of the humans (trainers)...

Corporal; I can completely picture what went on with your (sweet and worried!)dogs...poor pups! Scarred for life and your herd will never roll and relax in peace again! :0)

What good dogs you have to have alerted you to your cast horse in that manner...too bad there is no way to now shut off THEIR FEAR RESPONSES! :0( ; 0). At least if another in the herd should wind up cast, they will ALWAYS NOTIFY YOU...!

I appreciate the good info from you all...
    04-12-2012, 12:37 PM
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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?
    04-12-2012, 02:30 PM
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Endospink, aka Paul Williams, an Australian working in the Far East, uses what he calls "The Tap" most of the time.

He is a brilliant rider and has a natural way with horses. He is very quiet and never gets harassed, and is always making a fuss of the horses.
He can really ride too!

A good example is this video.

    04-12-2012, 02:47 PM
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Yes that is what I was talking about.
    04-12-2012, 03:16 PM
Endo also has a great sense of humor!

"P.S., Please stop asking, NO, the TAP does not work on your mother-in-law."
    04-12-2012, 03:40 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by BCtazzie    
Endo also has a great sense of humor!

"P.S., Please stop asking, NO, the TAP does not work on your mother-in-law."
How about father in law???
    04-12-2012, 06:33 PM
Id love for someone to come out and show me how to do this with my horse
    04-12-2012, 06:34 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by greenbryerfarms    
id love for someone to come out and show me how to do this with my horse
Me too!
    04-12-2012, 07:04 PM
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I was impressed by the WH magazines explanation as well. It really helped me understand the whole idea of Laying a horse down.

As a few of you know, my mare was 'laid down' as a yearling back three years or so ago, but it was done completely incorrectly by a rough 'know it all' cowboy who didn't understand what was doing, and instead of switching her brain from 'flight' to 'think', the frustrated and cruel way that he did it caused her brain to go from 'flight' to 'fight,' which is a VERY hard thing to undo in a horse! If only he'd done it the right way, it wouldn't of taken me this long just to get her back into submissive, thoughtful horse mode :/

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