ok,KNEW I would get anti results!
1 - re sitting on my horse's head after he came over on me, I did not acually sit my butt on him, I laid myself over his head, stroked him etc He came to me as untouchable, uncontrolled rearing. That time was the last time he ever reared.
Um - what do you not understand that at the gate and calling the horse to be groomed and saddled up with out being tied up? Simple!! I call him, he canters to me, he stands while I brush him and pick out his hooves, I bridle and saddle him up.
What can you not get?
Sol and I have a special relationship. My son's pony (only new) I do have to tie up to groom and saddle up, but only lead rope to twine on the fence.
Last time I had to use cross ties was with Racehorses worth millions, not everyday horses!
I have worked with Polo Ponies worth thousands, and Hunting Horses. NEVER have we had to cross tie!
Perhaps some people do not have a relationship with thier horses like I do, and want to? It is simple, spend time with your beautiful animal, they have feelings like you do!