Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
The tie ring may help quite a bit, as others suggested, but I would be careful. I have seen horses who learn to pull using those, because they release their pressure by continuing to pull. Personally, when I am somewhere I want my horse to tie to anything I need him to, without any tie ring.
So teach your foal to give to pressure. Lay a rope around say a fence post (something sturdy), without tying her, and then stand facing your foal, holding the end of the rope. Gently pull on the rope, so that the foal feels pressure coming from the direction of the post (mimicking being tied). Hold the pressure until the foal takes a step forward. After that, let some slack fall on the rope (as it should naturally). REPEAT MANY TIMES. This way you are teaching the foal that pulling back is not the way to relieve the pressure, but instead taking a calm step forward is what helps. However, if the foal freaks out, you have no knots to untie and you can easily start over without an injury to the foal.
This horse is extremely young. This skill, if taught early, will last a lifetime and will help with leading and the basic principle of responding to pressure, which can help with riding, leading, and standing in a trailer.
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **