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        03-23-2009, 09:36 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    No worries Tigerstripes! I like learning all I can about this stuff, being new to the horsey stuff and all. That tie blocker thing looks like it might be useful.

    I didn't even try to tie him today. I had other issues to work on with him too so I decided one thing at a time.
         
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        03-23-2009, 10:25 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Use a bungee rope and tie as high as you can reach that way the horse can't get enough leverage to break a halter or hurt itself. Have only had one horse get in trouble tied like this, and it was a horse that never pulled, reared up and got a leg hung on top of the rope, all the more reason to carry a sharpe knife. To cut the rope not the horse.
         
        03-23-2009, 11:23 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rosie9r    
    I had sort of the same thing happen to me, cept I was doing the glorious job of sheath cleaning when he raised a leg like he was going to kick me. So I said quit! And it startled him so he panicked and pulled back on the rail til his halter broke. He's never pulled back like that since, but there are some tricks you can do in case your boy makes it a habit.

    The one that has worked the best for me is to get a tire innertube and wrap it around the hitchin post, then tie your lead rope to it..the innertube not the post. Then when they pull back, the rubber pulls them back and they give up.

    He most likely wont make it a habit if you can nip it in the bud now. It probably didnt click that he can pull himself free with just that one time. Good luck!

    I heard pretty well the same thing except a bungee will work too! I never had this problem though, btw when do you know its time to do sheath cleaning, and how often do you usually do it?
         
        03-24-2009, 11:24 AM
      #14
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
    What do you mean by loop? I stopped tying Soda in areas where I know he is more likely to get scared by something, so that he doesn't keep getting the idea reinforced that if he pulls hard enough he is going to get away. Unfortunately that has been reinforced WAY too many times already. ergh... frustration I never had these problems with my old horses He sure is lucky I love him so much!! LOL
    Wind. Just go round and round and round the post or rail. If they start pulling, it gives and allows you time to get in place to correct them.

    Think of the way the cowboys "tied" their horse at the hitching post in the old movies.
         
        03-24-2009, 11:39 AM
      #15
    Started
    My mare learned that she could break halters and bridles years ago... After the first couple times it happened, my uncle got out and tied her close to a tree with a shipping halter and proceeded to terrify her so badly that she jerked back crazily and fell about ten times trying to get away from him in the span of five minutes. I don't reccomend that...

    Now, though, she doesn't pull back and break something unless she's scared, and I don't tie her, I either loop the lead around something, crosstie her, or do a quick release knot that usually falls undone without any help from either the horses or myself. Whenever she does start pulling back on things now, I know that there's a reason and it's usually because she has ear mites.


    My three year old gelding, Dakota, broke a halter for the first time when he was a little over a year... he panicked when some idiot came running a horse full blast down the middle of the road and just ripped his halter to shreds... though it was a very cheap halter and was extremely thin. He has never offered to break anything, and I really don't think he even realized that he'd broke the halter.

    Who knows, maybe your horse won't realize that he can break things...
         
        03-24-2009, 11:46 AM
      #16
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by manhirwen    
    I use a cotton rope lead to tie him except that the end won't go through the washing station tie loops. Getting behind a horse and pushing it forward sounds a bit dangerous to me. Could you please explain exactly what you mean? Do you actually get behind and push on him or is there another way you mean to push him forward?

    So far I haven't panicked around a horse. Hopefully I can say that a few years down the line ;)
    Push/encourage. Not physically with your body but I have tapped with the end of a buggy whip or rope. Once the pressure is off - they typically settle down.

    And please - no cooing and cuddling "it's ok, it's ok". Continue grooming and tacking as if nothing happened. Just like a kid that fell - you make sure they are ok but you don't prolong the incident and encourage repeat performances. It's not mean - it's safety for equine and human.
         
        03-24-2009, 11:47 AM
      #17
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ruger    
    use a bungee rope and tie as high as you can reach that way the horse can't get enough leverage to break a halter or hurt itself. Have only had one horse get in trouble tied like this, and it was a horse that never pulled, reared up and got a leg hung on top of the rope, all the more reason to carry a sharpe knife. To cut the rope not the horse.
    Bungee's stretch and snap. They can cause major facial injuries.
         
        03-24-2009, 12:05 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    And please - no cooing and cuddling "it's ok, it's ok". Continue grooming and tacking as if nothing happened. Just like a kid that fell - you make sure they are ok but you don't prolong the incident and encourage repeat performances. It's not mean - it's safety for equine and human.
    This might sound mean but I'm not much of a cooing type. I cringe for a second then go back to business LOL. I guess it's because I was a firefighter for seven years and there really wasn't any time to panic when it was time to get things done. Hopefully I'll take enough of that with me into horse ownership.
         
        03-24-2009, 12:33 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    Wind. Just go round and round and round the post or rail. If they start pulling, it gives and allows you time to get in place to correct them.

    Think of the way the cowboys "tied" their horse at the hitching post in the old movies.

    Ahhhh, never thought of that. Thanks, I try it and keep working on getting him used to "scary" things... like trees and wind and flowers and birds
         
        03-24-2009, 12:36 PM
      #20
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
    Ahhhh, never thought of that. Thanks, I try it and keep working on getting him used to "scary" things... like trees and wind and flowers and birds
    Don't forget butterflies.

    My distance horse spooked at a butterfly once. My conditioning buddy about fell out of his saddle laughing. I think she was in her zone relaxing after the 15 mile loop we had just done. Butterfly flew right at her eye level and startled her!
         

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