So I've seen lots of people walk under their horses belly to prove that the horse is calm and safe. The first few times I've seen people do this it made me cringe a little then had to admit it was a pretty darned good horse (Of course not just from walking under the belly, but had to admit it was good of the horse(s) to be okay with it and treat it like nothing). Who here has done this? Who here thinks it's a good way of showing that your horse is well behaved and who here thinks it sounds a little if not totally crazy? What do you think of training your horse to do this and would you even dare to train yours or anyones for that matter to do this?
For me after spending sometime with the people who train their horses to be good for it I started working with my pony. You can now walk under his belly and slide off his butt with him standing in the middle of the field and he won't move or do a thing about it. It's not something I think is the safest thing in the world, so I don't plan to keep doing it (And when I did you bet there was full protective gear). It was namely to give something a try and desensitize him a bit for those "Just in case" moments. Which it actually did come in handy when I came home to find someone brought their kids over and didn't watch them enough to notice the four year old run in the field with the horses, who then went under Shnooks belly to reach up and start petting his belly saying "Good big horsey". Of course I hurried over and the dad got an EARFUL when I got back but I was pretty glad to have had him used to it enough to know not to move. This isn't saying a horse won't spook, but I had to admit that it did come in handy for the short time it needed to as things could have gone (And would have if he didn't get used to me doing it) much worse. (Sigh, people need to watch their kids if they go to a farm. Short visit or not. XP).
So guys, what're your opinions?