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Question Need advice on SAFE bowing/laying down training and correct cues.

Hello! When the weather gets better, I would like to start training my 3 yr. old mare to bow and possibly lay down. I have been doing some research and I have seen a few different techniques.

I do for sure want to teach her to bow. I am uncertain how I should go about it though so that the cue couldn't be mistaken for a common task like picking their feet, a farrier visit, or a vet visit. I don't want to teach her something that could be potentially dangerous to myself or others. So far, I liked this way the best. However, it looked like the cue could become kinda confusing to the horse?
**Note, my speakers are messing up at the moment and I couldn't hear what she said. It looked pretty safe though, (I opposed to some other ways I saw.)

As far as teaching your horse to lay down, I really don't like the ones using a bunch of ropes --mostly the ones that include tying the rope to their foot. I'd be worried that if she spooked and some how got away from me that could be REALLY dangerous. Plus, with those techniques it doesn't look like the horses trust them enough and they are forcing them. I could be wrong though. I liked the way the guy did this one, it seemed pretty calm and didn't use a foot rope. The horse kind of flopped, but, compared to other techniques I saw, this was the nicest. The only thing I'd be worried about is if my horse panicked and tried to fight it she might run me over! Or possibly even hurt herself.

I just want to make sure when I teach my horses that I'm doing it in the safest possible way for them, myself, and others that may ever handling them. Any ideas and experience stories are appreciated!!!
Thank you!

Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. -Emerson
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