Manufacturer: Westfall Horsemanship (View all products by Westfall Horsemanship)
Model: Teaching Your Horse to Bow (View all Teaching Your Horse to Bow reviews)
Purchase: I bought this on ebay for $20 because I wanted something to do with my two year old as I waited the year for him to get old enough to start riding.
Likes: Stacy used clear and concise steps to demonstrate how to teach the basic cues for teaching your horse to bow. She emphasized that your horse needs to have good basic groundwork before attempting this (she considered this advanced groundwork). The seconds were well divided and as a newer dvd, you didn't have to watch the intro section every single time you wanted to watch the video. You could easily skip around in the video to find the part you needed.
Dislikes: She taught me how to do the steps, but not how to do them safely. Every time she asked her horse to walk forward, she stood directly in front of her horse and pulled. I always learned that you lead a horse by standing to the side of the horse and walking forward, rather than pulling until the horse gives up resisting you. This keeps you out of the way in case the horse jumps forward. Second, her methods seemed good if you had an indoor arena, but the rope around the foot didn't seem safe if you have to teach your horse in a round pen or outside on the lawn. What if he gets loose? He could get it caught on something and get seriously injured. Third, I ride english, and her method requires a western saddle. Although I own a western saddle, not everyone does and not everyone should have to buy or borrow one to teach their horse, and my horse has never had a western saddle on his back. He would need to be trained just for that! I have seen minis trained to bow, so there must be a method that doesn't require a saddle. Lastly, I would have preferred if she had done a series of several days with the same horse, as opposed to using one horse and teaching the stuff for the first day, and then switching to a horse who had been taught several months ago and needed a refresher course. I never got to see one horse fully go through the process of learning to bow.
Quality: I liked how everything was on one dvd, not two as some of her series. However, I did not like that she did not actually teach a horse to bow in the video, and I felt like that made the instruction quality of lesser value.
Summary: This was an alright video, but although I found it entertaining, it did not address my concerns or fit my needs. This is going to be much better suited for someone with a saddle-broke western quarter horse (or something similarly calm) than someone with an unbroke english-type sport horse. Her two year old had quite a bit more patience than mine, possibly because she's both a professional trainer and using a much calmer breed of horse in an indoor arena as opposed to outside. I would have liked to see a couple of horses, and I especially would have liked to actually see her train a horse to bow over a series of days. Also, she didn't seem to be very safety minded.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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