Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
Saddlebag, I believe she means something which doesn't have a 'physical' purpose. For example, teaching your horse to back up/roll back is used when opening gates, daily rides, dessage tests, etc. Teaching your horse to bow, isn't used in your dressage test and doesn't help you to open a gate. There is no 'purpose' to teaching it.
Please, don't take that the wrong way. I strongly believe that teaching your horse these more 'recreational' tricks is very good for building trust and a partnership with your horse. Also, teaching your horse certain tricks (such as bow, when taught correctly) can be very valuable for your horses muscles and stretching.