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post #11 of 26 Old 10-12-2015, 09:04 AM
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I'll generally just give my guy a couple pokes with my foot if he's laying down and I want to ride. He usually gets it after a few pokes. Usually.
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post #12 of 26 Old 10-12-2015, 10:49 AM
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If you were to use my example of using a halter, I stand to the left side of the horse's head where you normally would putting a halter on, then stay to the left of the horse but the length of the lead rope's distance, then just give a tug on the rope...kind of a steady pull so the horse knows you are asking it to shift it's weight to the front and get up. Very important to remember the front legs are going to come out way in front to get up so stay our of the way.
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post #13 of 26 Old 10-12-2015, 11:35 AM
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I have owned/trained horses for 30 years and I have never felt comfortable sitting or standing next to any of my horses while they are lying down. It is important to let your horse have a good lay down which is usually in the morning. They sleep lightly, maybe 15-20 minutes in deep sleep, then, they sit up in "Nativity Position", like the christmas donkeys and sheep laying by the manger, before getting up. It can freak you out and make you think that your horse is sick or injured. I wouldn't put a halter on my horse lying down or sitting up (as I described) unLESS they are groaning and having difficulty getting up. Young horses can get up aMAZINGLY fast, like in less than 5 seconds. You do NOT want to be close to their body because it takes a lot of energy. I never expect my horse to learn to be safe around me when getting up, just when I am handling them, so it is not disrespectful if you horse throws you sideways trying to stand up. Please remember this.
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post #14 of 26 Old 10-12-2015, 12:35 PM
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My dd's take the opportunity to go sit with the horse.

They have to have very close attention to the horse to get out of the way in when the horse starts getting up. But there has never been a problem.

We halter up when the horse is laying down and then very gently encourage the horse to get up.
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post #15 of 26 Old 10-12-2015, 04:16 PM
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Thank you for the answer :)

I know I should have asked my trainer, but I ask her so many stupid questions already... It's nice having this forum to catch the overflow :)
That's exactly how I feel about my trainer & this forum. It's nice to not ask her EVERY stupid question. LOL!
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post #16 of 26 Old 10-13-2015, 04:44 AM
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I was out exercising, riding one and ponying another, on my way home. A car came roaring down the road towards me, swerved and stopped in front of me.
It was me of my liveries in a bit of a panic, telling me I had to get back really fast as a young horse was down, groaning and refusing to get up.

I trotted on home to get back to find the horse stood in the hard, several liveries around him. He was looking very miserable and his head was wet.

The liveries had arrived to ride, the horse was flat out and groaning and wheezing. They thought he was ill and when he refused to get up despite them pulling on his halter he just lay there so, they through a bucket of water over his head.

There was nothing wrong with him at all. I had previously worked him hard and being the laid back horse he was, he had just lay down and gone into a deep sleep.

He always wheezed and groaned when he was asleep and was a horse that when asleep would often act more like a dog dreaming than a horse. Hos legs would gallop like crazy!
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post #17 of 26 Old 10-13-2015, 05:41 AM
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I have owned/trained horses for 30 years and I have never felt comfortable sitting or standing next to any of my horses while they are lying down. It is important to let your horse have a good lay down which is usually in the morning. They sleep lightly, maybe 15-20 minutes in deep sleep, then, they sit up in "Nativity Position", like the christmas donkeys and sheep laying by the manger, before getting up. It can freak you out and make you think that your horse is sick or injured. I wouldn't put a halter on my horse lying down or sitting up (as I described) unLESS they are groaning and having difficulty getting up. Young horses can get up aMAZINGLY fast, like in less than 5 seconds. You do NOT want to be close to their body because it takes a lot of energy. I never expect my horse to learn to be safe around me when getting up, just when I am handling them, so it is not disrespectful if you horse throws you sideways trying to stand up. Please remember this.
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Haha I have been through the horror of seeing my horse lying flat out and thought he had died during the night somehow but as soon as he heard me coming he started to get up. Gave me a heart attack!
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post #18 of 26 Old 10-17-2015, 03:38 AM
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I think you handled it ok, with the horse just laying there when you approached shows that the horse trust you, if it didn't try to jump up right away. But what I do with my horses when I want them to stand up I walk behind them and put my foot underneath the flank area and nudge up with my toe an shin saying a certain Q and at times it takes a few nudges.(kind of rocking motion on them in a way, and then of course the first movement from the horse would be the head raising up front feet outstretched and then they're on their feet. But at any time you approach your horse and it is laying down and shows no desire to stand up or what have you I always walk behind the horse kneel down and place my ear on their stomach to see if I can hear gut movement. That lets me know that they are not trying to colic. And yes I know I may be getting a lot of flack for this but I lay down with my horses, just about each and every time I approach my horses and they are laying down I try and make an attempt to lay there with them and yes even out front with their legs are. I lay down beside of them put my head on your shoulder and what have you.i have got video to prove it on YouTube the video title laying down with my horses
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Thank you for the answer :)

I know I should have asked my trainer, but I ask her so many stupid questions already... It's nice having this forum to catch the overflow :)
Questions are never stupid. If you need to know, ask.
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Questions are never stupid. If you need to know, ask.
To be quite honest, other, more pressing stupid questions got in the way so I forgot about it until I got home :)
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