Secerets To Laying Your Horse Down
only is this trick fun to impress friends with, it is also a great
lesson to build trust with your horse and even reduce their
I do not use treats and do not force the horse down. I use a full check
snaffle and a soft lay rope (I like to use the leads made for rope
halters with no clasps or hardware) to help hold up the leg on the side
I am standing. Due to the repeated contact with the ground, find a
place where the ground is soft.
|Please keep in mind
it is not something you teach all horses in one day. It takes a lot of
trust from your horse and as I learned from my horse, it can also take
time for them to understand that you will not get hurt by them. He was
afraid he was going to lay on me.
I will only teach this
to a horse that understands how to pick up its feet and that also knows
how to release to pressure on the bit. I begin by placing leg
protection on the horse and placing the rope on the pastern of the leg
next to me. I then ask the horse to give his foot, hold it up with the
rope and ask the horse to lean back. As soon as he leans back I
release, praise and let him put his foot down.
ask the horse to continue rocking back farther and farther until the
knee touches the ground, always allowing the horse to come right back
up. You will want to keep the nose pointed toward the
away from you, not toward you as he will lay down the wrong
direction. Do not let him put his head between the front legs
either as he will not be able to lay down as easily. When he is
comfortable with touching the knee to the ground, start asking him to
keep the knee on the ground a little longer before asking him to get
up. It is here you start teaching the cue to get up and apply
before letting the horse get up. This teaches him
down until you give the cue to get up.
When the horse is leaving
the knee on the ground I will change the rope that is on the
I will run it under the belly to the opposite side, over the back and
back to my hand. This will help keep the foot up if the horse
resists the next steps. With the horses knee on the ground
will take his nose to the opposite side that you are standing on and
ask the horse to rock back more. He should slowly come down
his shoulder and then lay down. Let him up as soon as he
you have not already, start using your cue to lay down. Lay him down a
couple times letting him get up, then you will ask him to stay down by
keeping his head bent to his side. Increase the amount of time he stays
down and be sure you are giving a cue to get up.
When your horse
learns the cue to lay down he will do it in a natural way, so start
asking with the cue first and if he does not lay down, do it manually.
Rub him and get him comfortable with you being around him while he is
down. Don't scare him. As soon as he learns he won't get hurt, he will
lay down with ease.
Copyright 2005-2010 Jodi Wilson