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  • What does crosstieng a horse mean

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    03-25-2010, 09:59 AM
Crosstying Question

Hey guys im from the uk and I noticed a lot of people on here from the states canada and oz mention cross tying

When I groom a horse they tend to be tied by one rope to the tie attatched to the tie ring on the wall somtimes with a haynet so they can have a munch.

Is this much different to what others do? If you tie up differently why do you do it that way?? Just after some thoughts
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    03-25-2010, 10:11 AM
I personally don't cross tie. I made sure my horse knows how because well, you just never know and the more they know the better right?

I either ground tie (drop the leadrope on the ground, it isn't actually tied to anything) when I'm at home or straight tie, as you described above.
    03-25-2010, 10:27 AM
Thats brill that you can just drop the rope and the horse is happy I think J would be too but don't know about the other liveries.

So am I right in thinking cross tying means the horses head is tied from both sides and they can't moves?
    03-25-2010, 10:38 AM
Cross tieing means the horse is attached to the walls at both sides of their head. They can move their hind in quite a bit but the front end is much less moble. I usually either cross tie or work with him in his stall.
    03-25-2010, 10:59 AM
Ah I see

Really useful for a busy barn then?
    03-25-2010, 11:06 AM
I crosstie simply because of how my barn is set up. The horse stands pretty much smack dab in the middle. Gives me plenty of room all around him to work. I could single tie him, but then I'd have to walk around his hind end to get to the other side, or walk under his neck. I like to have lots of room to work, and I'm just not as eager to be bending and walking under necks as I used to.

You can also ground tie which eliminates having to duck under the neck if you've ground tied in an open area, but there's a greater risk that must be taken then, particularly if it's a busy barn. The horse has to be better trained in this instance.

A lot to times I don't even attach the crossties. The horse just stands there between them.
    03-25-2010, 04:51 PM
Thats kool! I like hearing how different people in different countries work with thier horses thanx for your reply!

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