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post #1 of 8 Old 09-21-2010, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Breaking crossties?

The girl I bought Jester from said he ties like a dream- in the month that I've had him he's broken away from cross ties 4 times. 3 times he's done it when he's spooked but today he did it for absolutely no reason that I can think of. I've always advocated breakaway ties/halters for the horse's safety, but now he's breaking away because he knows he can. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-22-2010, 12:53 AM
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I looove the tie ring that Clinton Anderson endorses. It's pricey, but very worth it for tying issues (or teaching to tie in general).
I can almost promise if you use it (especially the way he teaches in the video) you horse will respond well. It teaches them not to panic since it lets them move their feet.
I don't have the time to explain more about it now.... Maybe some one else will, or see if you can find a video online.
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I had a problem with my previous mare, but my methods seemed to be working until I sold her.
She just freaked out in cross ties, and so I would loosely tie her on one side when she ate, she had plenty of space to get to her feed, and then I slowly left her there for longer after eating, while at the same time increasing her tie length by a little less than her movement space, if that makes sense.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-22-2010, 01:43 AM
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some horses panic if cross tied. I think it's cause they feel closed in.
Also did she say he cross ties or just ties? He could be use to being tied by a post and lead line.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-22-2010, 02:12 AM
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Oh true... I agree with gidget. A horse that is only broke to single tying sometimes won't transfer it to cross tying. Maybe the previous owner just meant tying to something not cross ties.
It's tricky once they learn they can break free... I still think the tie ring would do wonders. Especially for the ones that have learned to set back.
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Agreed. Cross ties don't suit every horse, and if the horse is not familiar with them, they can really panic. And once a horse learns he can break away, he's going to try from time to time.

First thing I'd do is see if he ties well in a single tie. If so, the problem is the cross ties and not tying in general. If its just cross ties you can work on those a little at a time. If he has tying issues in general I'd get the blocker tie ring and do some specific work on tying/pulling back, etc.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-22-2010, 11:01 AM
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I have cross ties in my barn because I loved them but I've gotten to where I don't use them because I'm afraid they'll get freaked or mad and break them and then have them come back and pop them in the head.

I would tie your horse (not in the cross-ties but just tied to a post) to see if he sits back on that. If he does, I'd put him in a cowboy halter and leave him tied to the thinking post for a half hour or so each day. I'd stay where I could see him and have the rope tied properly so you can quickly release it if need be, and I'd keep a knife handy in case there came a need to free him but over all in my experience, they don't sit back on a cowboy halter for more than a moment and then they learn quick...

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-22-2010, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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I asked her the same question- she said she always used cross ties and he stood completely still. Maybe she's telling the truth, maybe not, but I know he won't do it for me! I'm headed to the tack store to get a rope halter and we're going to try a single tie. I'm going to order a tie ring also. We have lots of little riders around and I can't take the chance that he'll break free and hurt someone.
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