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Date Posted: 12:26:44 10/28/10 Thu
Author: Kelsey
Subject: Bowing
In reply to: Ileana 's message, "Ergo Stressor" on 08:47:49 10/27/10 Wed

I know Friesians who bow, lie down and plie, and they have not had particular issues, but they also do not do it on a daily basis.
One thing I noticed from your message was that you currently have him bow on the same leg every time? I would encourage you, if you decide to continue the trick, to also teach him to bow on the opposite side so that he will be working and stretching those muscles evenly.

I would worry a bit more about the bowing under saddle than in-hand, most young horses don't have a problem with their own body weight and naturally do plenty of contortions when playing. However, the added weight of a rider and that rider's balance changes the whole dynamic of weight distribution over the joints and would be my guess for a source of any tweaked muscles.

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