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Date Posted: 12:36:55 11/04/10 Thu
Author: M.Adamo
Subject: bowing
In reply to: Kelsey 's message, "Bowing" on 12:26:44 10/28/10 Thu

>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.
I have a 2 and a half year old friesian and i have also taught him to bow, obviously not under saddle but he has now got the idea that every time i pick his front feet up to pick them out, he thinks that he should bow and sometimes tries to go right down on me! Of course i have realised that this is entirely my fault and i have confused the poor mite!! So we are trying to establish standing still again for picking out. This, in my horses case is purely behavioural, as he is young, bless him.

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