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post #11 of 21 Old 03-12-2008, 01:12 PM
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I think cross ties are an unnecessary form of restraint. You shouldn't need to cross tie your horse. If you do you might want to work on getting them to stand still while being tied. I taught my horse to ground tie, I drop the rope and I say "Hoe." Whenever he moved I'd back him to the spot and say "Hoe"
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-12-2008, 04:43 PM
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I think cross ties are an unnecessary form of restraint. You shouldn't need to cross tie your horse. If you do you might want to work on getting them to stand still while being tied. I taught my horse to ground tie, I drop the rope and I say "Hoe." Whenever he moved I'd back him to the spot and say "Hoe"
How is that so. Its just like someon holding your horse. A well behavedhorse should be able to stand in two ties...
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post #13 of 21 Old 03-12-2008, 04:59 PM
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I think cross ties are an unnecessary form of restraint. You shouldn't need to cross tie your horse. If you do you might want to work on getting them to stand still while being tied. I taught my horse to ground tie, I drop the rope and I say "Hoe." Whenever he moved I'd back him to the spot and say "Hoe"
How is that so. Its just like someon holding your horse. A well behavedhorse should be able to stand in two ties...
I agree. My colts and foals from 6 months never have been cross-tied. It was not necessary nor for vaccinating, grooming, bathing or cutting their hooves.

And a bad behaved horse will not be better behaved by crosstying it.
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-12-2008, 09:29 PM
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Quote about cross ties as a response to ground-tying being better: "How is that so. Its just like someon holding your horse. A well behavedhorse should be able to stand in two ties.."

Yes, but an even better trained / better behaved horse shouldn't need them - ground tying is excellent. Good job!

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post #15 of 21 Old 03-12-2008, 09:53 PM
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I agree, groundtying is a reallu usefull thing to teach your horse.
my arab ground ties, and its one of my favourite things about him!
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-13-2008, 01:57 AM
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My three horses have never been cross tied in their life, I don't know anyone who does it around where I live, maybe its a more common practise in America?
My horses are just tied to a bit of twine attatched to my shed.
I teach them to stand independent of the tie, my arab will stand anywhere I put him, does not need to be tied at all.
I don;t think my horses would appreciate not being able to turn there heads to look at something making noise etc, but I can understand where it would be useful to have the extra control.
I think it would be a good thing to teach your horse if he will ever be in that situation in the future, But I also think that if he is used to tying up fairly short or just standing then it wouldn't be too much of an issue for him.
yeh i have never seen cross ties in Australia before. lol
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Many horses that I've worked with were not so well behaved when just tied to a post. They'd tug on my quick-release knot until they'd get enough length to reach that oh-so tasty blade of grass. Eventually they'd untie themselves and be munching away. Okay, so maybe that was an issue with training (or my knot tying skillz).

In cross ties, the horse clearly learns his boundaries because the ties always stay at the same length. I guess for me, it's just easier. I also find it easier to groom being in cross ties because you can go around the front of the horse without having to duck under a hitching post.

My horse was uneasy about using cross ties at first, so I just tied him to one side. If he freaked out, he had enough range of motion to spook, swing his butt around, etc and then chill out. Now, he knows exactly where to stand in the isleway to be comfortably tied in the cross ties. He has enough length to turn his head and look behind him, or drop his nose and relax after a tough workout!

If you ever plan to sell your girls, I would recommend getting them used to cross ties. Heck, it's just another positive thing you can add to their sale listing! "Stands quietly tied or in cross ties."
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-13-2008, 05:48 AM
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I think cross ties are an unnecessary form of restraint. You shouldn't need to cross tie your horse. If you do you might want to work on getting them to stand still while being tied. I taught my horse to ground tie, I drop the rope and I say "Hoe." Whenever he moved I'd back him to the spot and say "Hoe"
How is that so. Its just like someon holding your horse. A well behavedhorse should be able to stand in two ties...
and a well behaved horse should be able to stand in one

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post #19 of 21 Old 03-13-2008, 08:43 AM
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I think cross ties are an unnecessary form of restraint. You shouldn't need to cross tie your horse. If you do you might want to work on getting them to stand still while being tied. I taught my horse to ground tie, I drop the rope and I say "Hoe." Whenever he moved I'd back him to the spot and say "Hoe"
I think crossties are a very good training device. I taught all my horses to stand in the crossties. Its just easier for me. Then they tend to learn to tie quicker then ones i didn't break to cross tie first.
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-13-2008, 09:12 AM
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I don't think many people use cross0-ties over here. I just tie my mare to a bit of baler twine on a metal ring outside her stable. I don't know much about cross-ties, so I can't comment on them

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