So I am wondering, how can I get her into a bow without having her head underneath her. I'm watching a video where someone is using the bridle -applying pressure and releasing when their head goes down I guess. Wouldn't this be confusing though? She only shows the finished product. I'd like to see a newbie horse doing it. My horses give to the bridle, I wouldn't want her thinking when I apply pressure to an outside rein that she needs to go down on one knee. She is pretty smart, I could see me trying to collect her up and having her go "Oh... well mom you know that IS my cue for bow." And just ker-plopping down onto one knee trying to evade collection. I don't know, I may be over thinking it though -I could just give her leg so that she wouldn't go down!
What do you guys think? Do you have any experience with teaching a horse to bow? Like I said, I'm sure she would have little to no problem with bowing if she could keep her head up. She is very flexible, loves afternoon naps (So doesn't mind getting up and down), very trusting with me. I just have to figure out how to properly ask her!