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post #1 of 35 Old 03-01-2015, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching Horse to Bow

So, I've taught my new horse to bow, but he does this:

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Both legs out instead of bending one. And I can't get him to stay down. I was hoping to transition to lying down, but until his bow is on point, I can't. So, how can I get him to bend one leg, stay down, and do it without treats. Also, no ropes.
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post #2 of 35 Old 03-02-2015, 06:07 PM
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That looks more like a carrot stretch than a bow to me. :) He looks really stretched out, though!
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post #3 of 35 Old 03-03-2015, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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That looks more like a carrot stretch than a bow to me. :) He looks really stretched out, though!

How do I fix it?
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This isn't helpful but that is the cutest thing ever haha
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post #5 of 35 Old 03-06-2015, 02:46 PM
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I'm sorry you are having trouble with the bow and unfortunately I have know Idea how to help you fix it. However, that is really adorable and your horse seems to be enjoying it while stretching himself out as well which is great! Let me know if you get any better with it! I'm working on teaching one of my horses to bow as well.
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post #6 of 35 Old 03-06-2015, 03:47 PM
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I definitely wouldn't encourage that sort of bow, I think it puts a lot of pressure on ligaments and joints.

As far as fixing it, just use the same concept you did to teach the one in the pic? Personally I think things like bowing are perfect treat based behaviours to teach and don't know why you wouldn't want to use them :s

How did you teach the bow you have now?
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I taught mine by picking up the nearest foot to me and urging him down with a treat. He finally got that he should bend a leg...which is a good transition to laying down.

People train in many ways...I use carrots. ;)
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I definitely wouldn't encourage that sort of bow, I think it puts a lot of pressure on ligaments and joints.

As far as fixing it, just use the same concept you did to teach the one in the pic? Personally I think things like bowing are perfect treat based behaviours to teach and don't know why you wouldn't want to use them :s

How did you teach the bow you have now?
I agree that this puts more pressure on ligaments and joints, which is why I'm interested to find how I can make it a proper bow. If it were healthy, I wouldn't care as it's just for fun anyways.
I initially taught him this one just by using carrots and getting his neck to bend more and more until he started stepping back. He's very food motivated! My only idea is to bend one leg while asking him to step back, but when I've tried, he puts so much weight in my hand that he ends up tripping, which instead of encouraging him, just freaks him out. I don't know how to fix that. Thanks for your reply!
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I taught mine by picking up the nearest foot to me and urging him down with a treat. He finally got that he should bend a leg...which is a good transition to laying down.

People train in many ways...I use carrots. ;)
I'll do the lifting his leg idea, but how do I get him to stay down? Once he gets the treat, he's done!
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post #10 of 35 Old 03-06-2015, 06:21 PM
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Try holding out on the treats. When he bows count to 10 or something and then reward. If he gets up, no treats until you want him to.
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