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post #1 of 23 Old 06-06-2013, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching a horse to bow or lay for getting on bareback?

Hey guys! I was wondering if any of you know how to teach a horse to bow or lay then get back up again when I'm on his back? My horse is about 14.2,and I can't get on him bareback without a chair or mounting block. I'm 5'0. Videos might help? Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-06-2013, 04:28 PM
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Have no idea but that horse in your avatar has a mane to die for!
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post #3 of 23 Old 06-07-2013, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 23 Old 06-14-2013, 08:17 AM
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Learn to stand by his shoulder, grab a handful of mane and swing your hips up. There's a mental barrier you have to get past as most will impede the swing just before the legs span the horse's back. I've watched a 5'2" gal swing up on a 16.3hh this way. Lots of videos on youtube. The biggest drawback to learning to mount this way is getting the giggles.
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post #5 of 23 Old 06-15-2013, 02:03 PM
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Well, I'd say it'd probably be faster for you to learn how to jump like Saddlebag described than to teach your horse to bow, so I'd suggest going with that.

As for the bowing however, how I've been teaching my horse to is by first asking her to bring her head as far down to her chest and between her legs as you can with a treat. Then when they're good at that, pick up their foot and ask for the same thing. Gradually ask them to go farther and farther back until they start to lean back on their one foot, and reward them right away whenever they try or do something right.

There are lots of ways to teach the bow though. I do it this way because my horse responds to treats much better than me pulling at her with ropes. Otherwise she gets frustrated and upset. There are lots of youtube videos on this though so you can see for yourself how some people do it!
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post #6 of 23 Old 06-18-2013, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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I would try that,but if I try to feed him more than one treat he gets nippy :/ He even tried to nip at some little kids with apples last night and I didn't want them to think he would bite them on purpose,mainly because one little girl was scared of horses,so I told them he just lost his weight and I don't want him getting fat again,which is true :P
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I have heard this so do not know if it is fact or not: With a horse in bowing or laying down position (so the rider can mount) it is difficult for the horse to get back up with the extra weight on its back.

I agree with Saddlebag -- if you're at all athletically inclined and/or limber you can learn to swing yourself up fairly easily. Alternatively, if that is not doable, I have heard of people teaching horses to lower their necks then the rider leans over the neck (close to the shoulder) and then the horse raises it neck and the rider wiggles into place on the back. I have know idea if this would be hard on the horse or not and, at the risk of being blunt, would not suggest this method for a heavier person because of potential strain on the horses neck. I wonder if anyone on this forum has tried this method and can comment on it????
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I don't know about this but I have wiggled back into the saddle from somewhere close to a horses ears on more than one occasion - not there intentionally though - more of a human catapult situation!!!
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post #9 of 23 Old 06-18-2013, 06:03 PM
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I plan on teaching my mare to bow, just to make it easier to get on WITH a saddle, lol. I feel terrible flinging my fat butt up on her on trails when I lose my phone/cigarettes and figured the upward strain would be much better than a sideways strain.

My friend and I taught his gelding to bow by using treats and a soft rope around the leg he was to lay down. He started out doing carrot stretches (he could STRETCH! Lol), and we just added the lifting and laying of the one leg.
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post #10 of 23 Old 06-18-2013, 06:51 PM
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I've taught a couple of horses to bow and/or lie down, and it's fairly simple, especially if the horse is particularly motivated by food.

However, a word of caution: I'd be very hesitant to teach a horse any trick where an unsuspecting/inexperienced person might accidentally cue the horse to perform the trick, in case either party is injured. Because of this, I try to make my cues complex, and I also refrain from trick training any horse that might not have a forever home with me.

Teaching a horse to bow and lay down is dangerous. Have fun, but please consider the implications and be careful!

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