Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I like all of the above suggestions. In the meantime, as you wait for UPS to deliver your tie ring, do you have a lungeline and a fence with a stout vertical post? If so, I REALLY like what Craig Cameron demonstrated with a Mustang he was training. (We got to see the whole process in a series, and the horse was totally green when he started.) You clip the end on the halter then run it through the fence about at the chest level of the horizontals. Wave your arms, whistle, make a lot of noise to try to spook your horse. He will pull back, but he can run out the length of line. Pull it short again, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat. He won't feel trapped, and he'll learn that being tied isn't scary. It's going to take a LOT of sessions. Ask ANYBODY who has retrained an OTTB. They aren't allowed to be tied, according to a TB trainer I know. A groom just holds them for every job where we all tie ours. Therefore I had to be the one to train my OTTB to be tied up, who HAD been shown, who HAD been jumped, who HAD been trailered ad nauseum.
See--it's not you OR the breed of horse.