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post #1 of 94 Old 10-06-2009, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Please stop teaching your horses to bow like this!




It's extremely hard on their front legs, and it makes them very unbalanced while they're bowing. They can easily strain the muscles or tendons in their front legs or shoulders, or even fall over.


Teach them to do it like this:



It's SO easy. All you have to do is lift their front leg like you're going to pick their hoof, and then do exactly what you're doing now! Just hold their leg bent while they go down. After you do this for a while, they'll do it by themselves. It's really not that difficult, and your horse will thank you. He will also be more willing to perform the trick.
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Someday, I will HAVE to teach mine to bow so that I can get on. Will do it like the second horse though. The first just looks uncomfortable.

Completely off topic but the mane on that gray is absolutely stunning!!!
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Oh god. Whoever taught their horse to bow like the former should be beaten with a brick.
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post #4 of 94 Old 10-06-2009, 11:17 PM
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Ugh...Clouds, I wasn't even aware that people did this. It looks ridiculous.
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Someday, I will HAVE to teach mine to bow so that I can get on. Will do it like the second horse though. The first just looks uncomfortable.
It's a great trick, especially if you trail ride a lot. If you ever get hurt on the trail and need help getting on, it makes it a lot easier. Or if you trail ride bareback and don't have a log or fence to stand on. I trail ride a lot... by myself AND bareback, so I'm planning on teaching my mare to lay down in case I break my leg or something and need to ride back to the barn.

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Completely off topic but the mane on that gray is absolutely stunning!!!
Oh my god, I know! I would love to know how to do that.

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Oh god. Whoever taught their horse to bow like the former should be beaten with a brick.
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Ugh...Clouds, I wasn't even aware that people did this. It looks ridiculous.
Yeah, I know... I've seen several people actually on this forum who've done it like that, so that's why I decided to post this.
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Oh, and another thing - Don't do it on gravel or pavement! This should be common sense, but I've seen it done so many times.
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wow... that looks painful :(

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my horse was trained to do it the first way. Im going to reteach him so it wont hurt my baby

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my horse was trained to do it the first way. Im going to reteach him so it wont hurt my baby

Good, I'm glad : ]
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It's a great trick, especially if you trail ride a lot. If you ever get hurt on the trail and need help getting on, it makes it a lot easier. Or if you trail ride bareback and don't have a log or fence to stand on. I trail ride a lot... by myself AND bareback, so I'm planning on teaching my mare to lay down in case I break my leg or something and need to ride back to the barn.

Mine is not so much that I worry about getting hurt (though that is an idea), it's that my future horses are much taller than I will be able to vault onto. John right now is 18hh and my goal is to be able to ride him around bareback and I have little doubt that Rafe will be no less than 17hh. Bareback is my main mode of transport in winter cause it is so much warmer and I can't exactly carry a ladder around with me . I may start working on that with John and Dobe, Rafe can wait. He is still getting the whole "hold up your feet for the farrier" thing down and I don't want to confuse him.

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