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post #1 of 13 Old 01-18-2010, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching a horse to lower down

Hi i just got my little sister a 16hh clydie cross and she's not very tall and needs a boost to hope on so I don't want to know don't get her a big horse or that it's bad to train I just want to now how to get him to lay down or bow somthing that will make it so she can get on.

he is very calm and that why we got him for her but the hights the only problem.

And I think she'd like it if i train him to do that for her.
thanks
P.S plz tell what i should teach him to do.

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-18-2010, 08:59 PM
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When I'm in a place without a mounting block, I climb up a few rungs of a paddock fence to hop on.

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yes but when we are in our elcetric fences you can't do that I wanna teach him how to lower down

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How old is your little sister? My worry is that she'll start asking him to bow or lay down, whichever you deside on, and get squished. I think you should stick to a mounting block. Easy temperment or not, I don't think a Clyde should be used for a child, especially if the child has no way of mounting.

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Is she riding western or English?
I know this young girl who's horse was too tall for her to get her foot into the stirrup.She rode western and her solution was to attach another stirrup with a rope to the horn, long enough that she could put her foot into the makeshift stirrup then into the reg. stirrup. Kinda like a ladder. Then once mounted she would tie the long stirrp up out of the way.
I know this isn't helping to get the horse to lie down or bow but it is possibly another option (providing she's riding western).
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Bowing really isn't a good idea. It won't get the stirrup much lower and I guarantee she'd fall off the front, even if she managed to get on. Getting on a horse while they've laid down is only something I would do with a really old extremely trustworthy horse, or a very small pony. It also could create issues for the horse because trying to stand up with weight on its back is hard, and once, again, your sister will most likely fall off because most horses do not get up that gracefully. They lurch and jolt.

Get a mounting block. Or a bucket. Or a stump.

Or you could have her lower the stirrup on the mounting side of the horse to its very last hole and then readjust it once she's on.

Having a horse bow or lay down just so a rider can get on is just silly. It's not the horse's fault that your sister is short, don't make it his problem.
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I'm pretty sure her sister is 8/10, I think. .. . Mounting block or leg ups are a good idea, don't teach her/your horse to lay down/bow for mounting, its just not safe. For many reasons.

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Yeah no...a 10 year old should not be trying to lay down a Clyde that's new to laying down himself. Had the horse been taught it years prior and knew what to do/how to do it, it *might* be different, but horses are SO unbalanced as they go down and get back up...like Lyric said, they lurch and jolt to their feet...I think her using a mounting block is WAY safer for her and the animal.

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She's 11 and plz don't post if you don't have something helpful to add, cylde is very calm I love the ladder idea but she rides stock.

Apart from mounting on something are there another ideas
She's notthat short he just massive,
Any way your wrong that she would slide off with two need pads in the way.
I didn't think it was a great idea just my dad thought it would be cool.

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She's 11 and plz don't post if you don't have something helpful to add, cylde is very calm I love the ladder idea but she rides stock.

Apart from mounting on something are there another ideas
She's notthat short he just massive,
Any way your wrong that she would slide off with two need pads in the way.
I didn't think it was a great idea just my dad thought it would be cool.
So, I'm not how sure how tall your sister is exactly (It would be a good idea to post that?) I'm rather short and I can get on my big 16.3 hh TB from the ground easily. But I usually use a mounting block (milk creates, fence posts, logs, ect - work great if you dont have one). It just takes practise and sometimes it even helps to do stretches before you ride, to help flex your leg up so high?

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