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post #11 of 13 Old 03-24-2013, 11:29 AM
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Barrel Racer67 is right, you shouldn't need one all the time. It can help but probably shouldn't be permanent. The horse should learn without it at some point. Just look at the ones who have qualified at the NFR. Just how many people do you see using them? The people using them at the shows I go to have them on horses who aren't even all the way broke. These horses don't know how to use their body or feet. They look like a **** mess. Not saying that there aren't people who can use TD right, I am sure there are people using them for the right reasons.
I had no sooner said how dangerous those horses were that had the TD on and sure enough there was a serious accident and the horse ended up going one way and the rider went the other.

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post #12 of 13 Old 03-24-2013, 03:59 PM
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I think that tie downs are fine .... IF they are used for the correct reason.

Nose sticking out in the air? NO.
Head in the sky? NO.
Blowing by the first barrel? NO.
Rearing or bucking? HECK NO.

I do believe that sometimes a horse in training can benefit from the occasional use of a tie down (I myself never like to introduce a tie down until they are loping the pattern on their own). And sometimes a finished horse needs a tie down on certain ground. You know your own horse and what works for them, if the tie down isn't being used to cover up an underlying issue.

I myself even used a tie down on a roan I used to have for the sheer purpose of protecting MY nose when we'd be doing games. I have the tendency to lean forward sometimes, and he had the tendency to have a high headset (which I really didn't mind because he did his job well).

Typically, I try to avoid them, because most things can be fixed with good training. BUT they still do have their place.

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post #13 of 13 Old 03-28-2013, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by AriatChick772 View Post
I have an issue with slapping a tie-down on any horse because mostly people use them to cover up training issues such as, high head set, slinging head, or just because it matches their tack set. It shouldn't be used as a fix for training issues.. but to compliment an already finished and well-trained horse that knows it's job.

I couldn't agree more. It all depends on the level of the horse and rider. As long as you are not taking the quick way out of bad training, there is nothing wrong with a tie down.

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