Today my horse and I had a cross tying accident. I had just got him situated in the cross ties next to his stall and was brushing some fluff out of his eye with my left hand when disaster struck. The BOs boyfriend came past the barn on the mower and sent a bunch of stones against the side of the metal barn, Phoenix freaked and spun around to try and run, he managed to get my hand trapped between his face and the cross tie (which is stupidly some baling twine type of material), luckily he nudged my body around with his neck and chest but managed to step on my foot.
He got the cross tie that was tied on the left side of his head through his mouth between his teeth and bottom lip and proceeded to panic with my hand still trapped. I managed to pull free and unsnap the ties (which didn't break even though they should have) and get him in his stall to calm down.
I'm sitting here with burn salve on every finger of my left hand, the rope has shredded the skin on my index finger and it's pretty painful.
I'm going to invest in some better cross ties that are actually designed to be used as cross ties instead of someones idiotic twine idea and i'll have to do some cross tying training with my horse. He ties wonderfully when tied straight, to a post or something. His manners are almost impeccable when tied like that, but when cross tied he dances around and paws. How can I teach him to stand like a good boy?? Or should I petition the barn owner to let me straight tie him for my own safety?