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        06-05-2012, 02:53 PM
      #11
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    I don't like cross tying , either. The horse has pull on two sides of his head, thus can feel more trapped. When he moves off the pull from one side to get a release, he bumps into the pull from the other side, so can bounce back and forth from pull/release to pull/release , and not find a good peaceful place to be.
    Not all horses will have this feeling, but some do need to be able to move a little and find a release.
    Straight tying allows them to move a little, if they hit the end of the rope, they can move off of it without hitting another rope's end.
    If a horse HAS to move, he's going to move.
         
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        06-05-2012, 04:17 PM
      #12
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    I can never see the point in cross tying any horse. All mine get tacked in their stable, groomed in there and mucked out whilst they are in there.

    The only time I would cross tie is if a horse is a dvil to have its mane pulled and then it gets tied in the aisle with cross ties so it cannot swing about.
    I add that none of mine need to be tied this way, they all stand loose when I do their manes - pulling not trimming!
         
        06-05-2012, 05:56 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I'm thinking about the twine used in the crosstie, and I'm wondering if it is someone's homemade version of a breakaway. It did break; what would have happened if it had not?
         
        06-05-2012, 06:39 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I'm sorry you got hurt. And I'm glad it wasn't any worse. Ask the BO if you can straight tie him from now on. I wish I could predict what a thousand pound animal is going to do at any given moment, but I can't. You can take all the precautions you can think of and they'll still figure out a way to surprise you.

    With horses there is a limit to the amount of blame you can assign yourself.
         
        06-05-2012, 06:53 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Captain Evil    
    I'm thinking about the twine used in the crosstie, and I'm wondering if it is someone's homemade version of a breakaway. It did break; what would have happened if it had not?
    The twine is totally their cheap-ass version of a breakaway, it did not break. I had to pull my hand free before he ripped my fingers off. I think if he'd pulled straight backwards it might have broken but he twisted.

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    Originally Posted by Rancher    
    I'm sorry you got hurt. And I'm glad it wasn't any worse. Ask the BO if you can straight tie him from now on. I wish I could predict what a thousand pound animal is going to do at any given moment, but I can't. You can take all the precautions you can think of and they'll still figure out a way to surprise you.

    With horses there is a limit to the amount of blame you can assign yourself.
    Thanks. Me too, I have an exam tomorrow then go on vacation on thursday, I would have hated to miss either due to an injury. I'm going to ask the BO if I can straight tie him while we work on ground tying and i'm also going to ask if the BOs bf will help me try and get my horse used to the mower while he can see it, because this happens fairly regularly where the mower makes noise stones are thrown up and scare the horse. It's like he sees me arrive at the barn and thinks "now I must mow!"

    It doesn't help that Phoenix is one of the most unpredictable horses i've ever met, I rarely let my guard down around him. He's off to training in august to help get him used to new things and do some much needed ground and scary trail work with a professional. I'm at the point where I can't help him progress further so need help.
         

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