Originally Posted by Elana
A funny story..
Years ago there was a woman in our area who was quite accomplished with hunters and jumpers (Thoroughbreds). She stood a stallion known for throwing good hunters.
She would take every horse to the indoor arena and tie them. What did she time them too? She as a large spring that hung down (up high) in the middle of the indoor and from that hung a rope. She would tie the horse to that spring and walk away. The elasticity would get the horse used to pressure but it gave... and never completely released. The horse could have a blue fit.. and the spring would to its job. The more the horse moved and pulled, the harder the spring pulled back. When the horse stood still under the spring was the only place with no pressure.
Her horses all stood tied and were quiet and fine. I suppose you could say they were "spring tested." LOL
That bit with the spring has got me intrigued. Never considered such a thing before!