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    09-19-2011, 04:48 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
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.
Personally, I'd do all the sacking out BEFORE I start working on the tying issue. I mean think about it... if your horse isn't scared of waving arms and noises, it won't be induced into pulling when you do those things.

When I was working with my older gelding (he was a 15 yr old OTTB, long off the track, but still had issues with being tied) it took me two or three sessions to be able to tie him properly. Same with my little mustang mare. The gelding I am about to buy has issues with being sprayed with fly spray and will pull when I try to spray him, but the underlying issue is the fly spray, not the fact he's tied.

Hope that makes sense...
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    09-19-2011, 06:44 PM
  #22
Showing
Instead of tying your horse just run your rope around a stout pole or post. Keep your lunge whip handy in your right hand and the lead in your left. The only reason you have the lead is to prevent a wreck. As soon as he starts to pull, hang on hard to the rope and tap his hip over,ie, get his butt moving and make him hustle. This gives them something else to do besides pull. Move to his other side and do the same. Be sure to stop when he stops and stands quietly. A treat at this time might go a long way. Be patient and be prepared to wait there with him. As you do, turn your back on him. If he thinks you aren't paying attention he may try again. This does work as you are giving him a choice-it's his decision to move or stand quietly.
     
    09-19-2011, 07:53 PM
  #23
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Instead of tying your horse just run your rope around a stout pole or post. Keep your lunge whip handy in your right hand and the lead in your left. The only reason you have the lead is to prevent a wreck. As soon as he starts to pull, hang on hard to the rope and tap his hip over,ie, get his butt moving and make him hustle. This gives them something else to do besides pull. Move to his other side and do the same. Be sure to stop when he stops and stands quietly. A treat at this time might go a long way. Be patient and be prepared to wait there with him. As you do, turn your back on him. If he thinks you aren't paying attention he may try again. This does work as you are giving him a choice-it's his decision to move or stand quietly.
I extremely disagree with this only because our Appaloosa becomes extremely aggressive when a whip or anything of the sort come into the picture. Our Appaloosa is an eat out of your pocket horse but has some serious underlying issues that in eight years, seven trainers, and fifteen local horseman can't find a resolution to. So, all I say with this method is be careful!! Some horses will not tolerate it. We have had our app rear and strike, turn and start kicking, charge, etc just because a whip was brought in the picture. I can lunge him with a whip no problem but he knows what you are trying to do and a whip isn't anything but a way to send him over the edge. Granted our app has some serious issues that came with his bloodlines. Just be careful and use this method wisely. Some horse freak out worse and some respond well.
     
    09-19-2011, 10:43 PM
  #24
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    09-19-2011, 10:45 PM
  #25
Foal
Wow! I am very glad I came here for advice. I have several ideas to try now and feel more confident about finding a solution. Thank you all very much.
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