Teaching my mare to bow - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: england
Posts: 504
• Horses: 1
Exclamation Teaching my mare to bow

Is 5 too old to be taught to bow?
And also how do you teach her to bow?
Im wanting to teach my 5 year old mare to bow but i dont know where to start?
Any advise????

:~: A Horse Is An Angel Without Wings :~:
jemmamalone is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 05:48 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: AB, Canada
Posts: 958
• Horses: 0
I think clicker training could work for this "trick". Teack her to touch a target with her nose, then move the target closer and cloaer to the ground. Don't try to progress too fast. Once she gets the idea then start phasing out the treats.
Most people like to use a voice command, some a hand single, I prefer to use both.
I think that an animal is not very often too old to learn new things, as long as they are fit enough to preform it.
Whipple is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: england
Posts: 504
• Horses: 1
thank you for your reply, im not that familiar with clicker training, what is the best way to use it?

:~: A Horse Is An Angel Without Wings :~:
jemmamalone is offline  
post #4 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 06:50 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 218
• Horses: 1
no she isnt too old to teach, Ive started to teach my boy to bow, using the treat method.
ShowJumpLife is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 07:00 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: AB, Canada
Posts: 958
• Horses: 0
I think most horse trainers will use a word instead of a clicker. Then you dont have anything more to carry. But basically its a bridge. They know, from conditioning, that a click means a treat. AT least in the beginning, eventually the click is the reward itself.
Have a stick and touch her nose (after making sure she's not scared of it) and click and treat. Keep doing that until she touches it on her own. Then move from there.
Whipple is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 08:00 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: North Texas
Posts: 1,211
• Horses: 1
What you need: A halter, 2 lead ropes, and whip (a bat works the best or a dressage whip), treats help to.

Step 1. Lunge your horse.. Its better to try with a tired horse.
Step 2. With your extra lead rope (one with out a lead shank) loop it around your horses pastern so that it loosens when you loosen the rope.
Step 3. Cross it under the horse to the opposite side and then over the back
Step 4. Tap your horse just below the knee until your horse picks up his leg and hold the rope tight so that it holds his leg there and then give him the treat and then release. Do this a few times till he gets the hang of it.
Step 5. Repeat step 4 but try to get your horse to eat the treat from between his knees and keep teasing him back till his knee touchs the ground. Let his knee stay on the ground for 3 seconds and then release and give him the treat!

What ever you do don't let go of the rope when your horse pulls back and starts acting stupid...

Sorry it is really hard to explain but I tried!
starlinestables is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: england
Posts: 504
• Horses: 1
Thank you for all your replies,
Starlinestables thank you for explaining the stages that i should follow... in a while when she has settled down in her new place i will try it and keep you posted, once again thanks :)

:~: A Horse Is An Angel Without Wings :~:
jemmamalone is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 08:31 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: North Texas
Posts: 1,211
• Horses: 1
Be careful about using the rope around the pastern... if you can use half a hobble to attached the rope to that would be best..

Keep doing those steps and then practice with out the rope extending the time he bows each time... you should eventually be able to walk around him and he stays down or be able to mount that way.. You should also eventually be able to just point or touch with the whip and he bow immediately.
starlinestables is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 02-04-2009, 11:06 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: AB, Canada
Posts: 958
• Horses: 0
Haha, you can tell I'm a dog person. I forgot they have much further down to travel to bow. Thanks for stepping in, I was likely being confusing.
Whipple is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 02-05-2009, 11:50 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Montrose, CO
Posts: 449
• Horses: 3
I am in the process of teaching a client's horse to bow for mounting because she had a has a bad hip.
I started out just having him follow the treat to his ankle, then a little more each time so he got the idea of rocking backwards. Then I tapped his leg for him to lift it, then once its lifted I lower his head and rock him back with him following his treat. If he went to put his leg down, I'd tap it up again.
In the beginning he'd snag the treat and shoot his head back up, so I made a point that his head must remain down even after recieving the treat. Little by little the horse gets more generous and will learn to go down on one knee..here's his progress so far.
koomy56 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I Need Help Teaching My Horse to Bow TxRoper4Christ Horse Training 12 12-08-2008 05:57 PM
Teaching to Square Up cowgirl4jesus94 Horse Training 3 07-17-2008 11:11 PM
Teaching her not to lean... RememberTheName Horse Training 2 07-08-2008 04:41 PM
Teaching lessons blossom856 Horse Riding 9 03-16-2008 08:56 PM
Teaching Lead Changes Obrien16 Horse Training 2 02-24-2007 03:01 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome