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post #81 of 94 Old 03-16-2011, 12:33 AM
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*cough* This thread is from 2009, people. Just making sure you know.

"The wise man thinks he knows nothing.
The fool thinks he knows everything."

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post #82 of 94 Old 03-16-2011, 12:24 PM
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I understand that a horse uses its knee as a stepping stone to laying down...but it's just that. How often to you glance out and see your horse HOLDING that pose? Never. They use their knee for a split second to lower themselves down enough to lay down without flopping over. They don't go to their knee and ponder if they want to go down...it's instantaneous.

Don't get me wrong, none of my horses bow. If I trained them to do so, I'd opt for the second method anyway, but to say the first way is out and out WRONG is not fair. The OP pic is to the extreme and I don't think all horse people push it that far - but I don't think it's hurting him. Awkward and slightly uncomfortable looking yes...but I don't see any horse putting themselves in pain for a cookie.

My guy went down on both knees and stayed there to eat grass one time when I was sitting on him and wouldn't let him eat. Stayed on his knees with his bum in the air munching the grass.
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post #83 of 94 Old 03-16-2011, 11:47 PM
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Oh god. Whoever taught their horse to bow like the former should be beaten with a brick.
I agree 100%, oh and your post made me LOL , hubby thinks im losing it
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post #84 of 94 Old 03-19-2011, 08:28 PM
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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.
This is how I taught the foals to bow, and I never used even a rope to do it either!
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post #85 of 94 Old 03-20-2011, 08:00 AM
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Can someone tell me HOW you actually do it? People asked a few times in this thread, and never got answered..
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post #86 of 94 Old 03-20-2011, 09:49 PM
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Oh god. Whoever taught their horse to bow like the former should be beaten with a brick.
LOL!! I've seen alot of funny posts today, and although I know it's not funny, it just happened to make me laugh. I do agree though, that's just awful...it doesn't even look "graceful" if that's what you are going for in a bow...it should be common sense to that person that horse looks uncomfortable.
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post #87 of 94 Old 01-02-2014, 12:36 PM
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Ignore me, hehe.. But I taught my girl to bow the second way. It was easy with her but then I tried my mini and he wasnt having any of it! I am still perfecting her now, moreso undersaddle than anything.




Tymer, this being an old thread means it isnt up for discussion anymore? :(
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post #88 of 94 Old 01-02-2014, 12:42 PM
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Teach a Horse to Bow - wikiHow


There's a wiki how link on it.... I'm not to sure though, I think what ever way you do it, it's just a lot of repetition.
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post #89 of 94 Old 01-02-2014, 12:42 PM
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Ignore me, hehe.. But I taught my girl to bow the second way. It was easy with her but then I tried my mini and he wasnt having any of it! I am still perfecting her now, moreso undersaddle than anything.




Tymer, this being an old thread means it isnt up for discussion anymore? :(
How long did it take you to teach your horses?
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post #90 of 94 Old 01-02-2014, 12:55 PM
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A day to get her to get on her knee and be ok with it. From then on it has been a couple months of inconsistent working considering the weather has been very cold! She is pretty much 100% on the ground, I worked with her every day or every other day until the weather got bad.. I cue her and she goes. Just recently I got a treat and she did it without me even asking.. Which isnt good but I was happy anyway to know she is so eager/comfortable doing it.

It is when I am on her back that she doesnt want to do it.

I used the rope method... lead rope around her leg. :)
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