Hi Telly, I moved my mare two months ago to a new facility and I agree with everything that's been said. She already knew how to cross-tie but both places I used them had nylon ties with the quick release snaps in case a horse tried to go over. But I also groom her in a stall, out in the pasture or take a brush along when I mosey her (Just let her wander with me eating grass outside the pasture, great way to bond
They were right, when a horse is introduced to a new place, the only constant is you. For the first, oh I'd say 7 weeks I went out she would see or hear me, and race to the barn. Last time I called her and she lifted her head and looked and kept on grazing, so I think she's settling in now, LOL.
You can train him to those cross ties if you think it's absolutely necessary to use them, but myself I don't like chains. I won't use a lead rope with a chain, and right after I moved, the new BO showed me a lunge line she had bought and never used and said I was welcome to use it, but it has a 6" chain on the end so I thanked her, but said I wouldn't need it. I always do ground work with her before I ride her, just 'tune-up' stuff, and I'm not the most graceful person, LOL so it's too easy to get rough with a chain. I used the attached lead on my rope halter. But if I was training her to cross ties, I would stop, attach her on one side to her nylon halter (not the rope halter)and give her a big scritch on the withers. In your case you could even use a small treat. Next time stop and attach him only on one side, but the other side than the first, and repeat. As soon as he eats the treat, or you give him the scritch, unsnap him and groom him in your usual way. And so on. Cheryl