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        10-01-2009, 06:24 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Fire Eyes    
    That can still pull muscles. It's better to get one leg bent down under him.
    So like in the second picture, but with the straight leg.
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        10-01-2009, 06:29 AM
    Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
    So like in the second picture, but with the straight leg.
    Yes, but try not to let him put too much weight on his fetlock. It looks like he's leaning on it in that picture. :)

    Good job getting him down though.
        10-01-2009, 06:43 AM
    Green Broke
    Thanks, he use to freak out when I put my hands between his legs so its a big change.
        10-01-2009, 07:33 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by paintluver    
    My boy is learning to bow. We are kind of stuck though at the moment...

    What are you guys stuck with? There are many helpful members on the forum that may be able to help.
        10-01-2009, 02:52 PM
    I have taught horses to bow, lay down, nod 'yes' or 'no', and smile. My current girl will learn how to bow, as that is one of my favorite tricks to teach.
        10-01-2009, 06:51 PM
    Green Broke
    Would any one happen to know a way to get a horse to lay down without force?
        10-01-2009, 07:38 PM
    Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
    Would any one happen to know a way to get a horse to lay down without force?

    A way to get them to lay down without force is to hose them off, take them to a big dirty patch in the pasture, and give them a treat when they lay down to roll. But not all horses will do this, and it takes a REALLY long tim.

    There is a way that uses some force, but not much of it.

    Just to show you which leg to hold up and which way to pull his head:

    Now, instead of just pulling the horse down and rewarding him, you can reward him every time he goes down a little bit. Every time his body moves in the direction you want, let go of his leg and head, reward him, and try again. Eventually he will realize what you want and go all the way down. This is a much better way to teach them, because it helps them realize that they can do it on their own... they don't have to wait for you to pull them down. They will learn the trick BETTER, but don't expect him to learn it in one day. This is a slower way of teaching it.

    Anyway... My gelding only knows how to smile on command. He doesn't like to bother with tricks. This is a picture of him doing stud lip, not smiling on command. It looks exactly the same, though, and I don't have a picture of him smiling.

    My mare knows how to kiss, shake, open a door (one that's cracked, not closed all the way), bow, and rear. She can do all of those tricks with JUST a voice command. I'm currently teaching her to bow with me on her back, smile, and rear higher. She rears really high about every three rears she does, so all I'm doing is instead of rewarding her after each rear, only rewarding her when she rears high. Luckily my mare is REALLY friendly and people-oriented, like a dog, so I can just scratch her as a reward. She likes it just as much, and doesn't get nippy that way : ]

    I don't have very many pictures of her tricks... just bow and rear. I'll have to take some others.

    This was a LONG time ago... When she was first learning it. She can do it without the treat now.

    This is the best picture I have of her rearing... I'll have to take some more.
        10-01-2009, 09:21 PM
    Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
    Would any one happen to know a way to get a horse to lay down without force?
    When a horse is 100% ready the horse will offer the lay down. But the "bow" is the first steps to it.

    Right now my one horse can kiss and hug. We are working on the Spanish Walk, Laying Down, yes and no, and smiling.
        10-01-2009, 09:44 PM
    Green Broke
    Chance can Smile, Spanish walk, and ALMOST bow. I had her down ONCE so its a work in progress!
        10-01-2009, 09:59 PM
    How do you start teaching the spanish walk? What are the beginning steps?

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