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    01-02-2014, 01:12 PM
The first one looks painful, uncomfrtable, unbalanced, and just doesn't even look right either.
The second one looks beautiful. And I have always wanted to try and teach this to my horses - I think I will work on it today!!
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    01-02-2014, 04:39 PM
Well whoever it is theyre a Washington cougars fan
    01-03-2014, 03:56 AM
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My bf would not let his horse bow like that. He ether goes down on one knee, or "prays" on both knees. ONLY in the sand, and normally he will just ask him to lay down so he can use him as a chair XD. Or is he is just to lazy to saddle him and wants to ride bareback.

That horse in the first pic just looks painful. HOW can he balance on his hooves like that?!
    01-03-2014, 05:12 AM
Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
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.
Interested to learn what you've seen/read to make you think that? Not saying you're wrong, just never heard that before. I wouldn't call it a bow, but have been taught it as a good stretch by an equine bodyworker I've used.

As for strained tendons & ligs, any stretching, *if it's forced* can be bad, but if not, the horse will go only as far/as long as it can without pain & improve gradually with regular stretching, same as ourselves. Also if you're really concerned about body damage & that's you in your avatar, I'd reconsider sliding stops & the likes too.

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