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post #1 of 4 Old 04-26-2012, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Trying to teach horse to bow (with head up)?

Hey guys! So, I've taught Sasha how to bow (one knee on the ground, head underneath). Only thing is, I HAVE to have a treat for her to do it as I don't think she enjoys it very much. She knows what I want her to do, but she doesn't like to do it. She's kinda like "Ughh.. okay mom, if you'll give me that ultra yummy carrot..." I think she would like it better if her head didn't go between her knees. Which -I really don't want it between her knees! And I can't blame her, I can go down on one knee easily with my head up. I put my head between my legs and try to bow. It sucks! It's not comfortable for me, and when she does it -it doesn't look very comfortable for her. That's the only way I can coax her into a bow though, treat between her legs under her belly. I don't even like asking her now cause it's like I feel kinda bad! I've noticed now that I've taught her, she will bow on one knee when she's in the pasture and reach under the fence to get to the grass! haha She doesn't mind that.

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!

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-26-2012, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my goodness! Looking up tricks, just found this guy with his horse! O.O

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That video is amazing!!! That man has a great connection with his horses
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Originally Posted by MuStRiDe View Post
That video is amazing!!! That man has a great connection with his horses
Yep I didn't see any pissy horses in those videos. The dancing one the horse was flicking his tail around but otherwise no indication. That was cool to watch!

OP maybe you could email him and ask for tips? I'm sure he wouldn't mind

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