Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Soon to be South Carolina
• Horses: 0
I ruined a horse to tying by her learning to pull. It took her 1 time to learn she could pull and get off. But...don't let put you off. Its going to be a long process of teaching him its ok to be tied and that he can't pull to get off and away. One way to do it would to be during grooming time. Start by making him stand, no halter, no lead rope, and just love and groom on him when he stands still. After you have that down, put the halter on him. If he moves, don't touch the halter, just put pressure on his body to put him back. After this is where you would like it to be, clip a lead rope to the halter. Have him stand still and let the lead go slack. Of course, keep an eye on it so he doesn't trip up but just groom and love on him when he's where you want him. Next, stand him next to a fence, halter and lead rope on, and just lay the lead on the fence. If he moves, just put him back where he needs to be. Don't ever get frustrated that he doesn't stand at first or isn't going along quick enough. Once you are to the point that you have the lead draped and your comfortable, tie the lead loosely for a few seconds and if he stands quietly, untie the lead and give him a break. At this point in the process, it could have taken weeks or months, but that doesn't matter. Just so long as he's comfortable and knows what is being asked of him. Once you're to the point of tying him for a short time, just gradually increase the time he's tied. Keep him busy and thinking while he's tied. Try not to let him focuse on being tied. Just take your time in breaking him of this. It might take a long time, it might take a week. Just let him take his time and yours so that the both of you are comfortable.
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