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post #21 of 27 Old 03-24-2009, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by manhirwen View Post
This might sound mean but I'm not much of a cooing type.
I don't think it's mean at all.

I am watching someone who is teaching horse to spook and not like to be tied. Seriously. "It's ok, it's ok, poor baby". In baby talk.

Can't even tie the horse to tack up now. Anytime another person or horse moves, owner is there to coo and cuddle in essence TELLING the horse it needs to be worried.
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post #22 of 27 Old 03-24-2009, 12:56 PM
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I always tie the horses I train with a quick release knot. That way if there is a real emergency and they are going to hurt themselves you can pull on the free end and untie them. The only problem can be is if they get smart enough to realize that if they pull on the free end they can get themselves loose but most don't do this. I refuse to tie a young horse without it and I think it is usually the best knot for older horses as well, because horses are unpredictable and it can save you and your horse from getting injured.

But definately don't let you horse pull back whenever it wants. It definately should stand quietly for you, but I just like having a knot that can be undone if the horse panics in an emergency.

You can check out this website for how to do quick release knots.

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He wasn't pulling back for more than a few seconds at best. He just got super spooked when I was correcting him and pull back fast and hard. Apparently the tie ring on that halter/bridle was flimsy enough to break.

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post #24 of 27 Old 03-24-2009, 01:51 PM
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I tie Soda with a quick release knot. He always starts eating the rope, he will probably figure it out someday. The problem for me is sometimes getting in there to release it, if he is really freaking out. He doesn't do it all the time but if he explodes its really unsafe to be that close to him (like when he ripped up the hitching post) of course those are the only times I need to quickly release it. I also have a problem with my lead line getting stuck in the knot because he pulls back so quickly and with a lot of pressure right away. Looping is our new routine now
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post #25 of 27 Old 03-24-2009, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by aruraeclipse View Post
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?

I do it every couple of months (my TBs previous owner NEVER did it and it was super gunky eww) or whenever he is ummm letting it down and you notice lots of stuff on there. I use water and exacliber soap, or you can use baby wipes. Just make sure to desensytize them first! :)
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post #26 of 27 Old 03-25-2009, 10:08 AM
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My recommendations for pullers or to simply alleviate the worry is to do the loop around with an extra long leadrope. The more times you loop the harder they need to pull to get totally free, so it works a lot like the blocker tie ring, which also recommends a long lead. And that is my second suggestion. Sometimes you cannot loop around. Such as tying to a trailer or some kind of tie ring.. That is when a blocker tie ring, or one that works similarly is great.. I've seen one that is like a huge snap that works well on tie rings(trailers etc). You snap it to the existing tie ring and your lead threads thru the loop below it.

Cash did a couple of hard pullbacks the other day in a rope halter tied to a ring, bout never got that untied.. Rope halters are designed to put enough pressure to discourage pulling back. However when a horse loses his mind temporarily they don't always feel it right away. I let him figure it out for himself. If he had gone into a full blown fit I would have undone him.. Well, I'd a tried. LOL He will be looped from now on. It's just safer with kids around too.

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post #27 of 27 Old 03-26-2009, 05:35 AM
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We use that blocker tie ring, bought it at Clinton Anderson event. Love it. Its easy to use, works great - you can loop it so that its secure and they cant get slack in the rope, or you can tie it so that in an emergency they can pull back and get free.... or at least move some so they dont feel trapped.

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