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What signal do you use for your horse to bow/lie down? My horse right now can only bow by following the treat and somehow I've got to teach him some sort of signal. any advise?


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post #2 of 4 Old 02-01-2011, 08:39 PM
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What signal do you use for your horse to bow/lie down? My horse right now can only bow by following the treat and somehow I've got to teach him some sort of signal. any advise?

my friends old horse Sultan, he was an arab and he could do it just by you tapping his front left/right leg. I don't know how she got him to do that. I haven't taught my horse how to bow, with a command but, he will do it for a treat.

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I started teaching my old horse to bow. I would face his head and pick up his front leg. Then I would reach a treat between his legs and slowly tug his leg back and say "bow" or "Down" (I'm not sure which one..lol! was a while ago!). But he would just follow the treat down. We "almost" got it... lol But we didn't really have a signal. I imagine he would just "Get it" after a while and saying "bow" with a treat and tapping his leg would do the trick. :)
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The horse i taught to bow, took a while before he got what i was asking. But i stand by his shoulder with a treat and tap and say bow! sometimes he actually bows, and sometimes he puts his head down and paws for the treat. We started it during the summer, but he can't bow with his blankets on right now, so im sure retraining him to do it will be fun. hahaha
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