Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz
Didnt think of all that but when we teach our horses to tie we tie them to everything. Tree limbs, double hitching posts, single hitching posts, hobbles are my favorite, ours were never really taught to cross tie but because they are trained to give into pressure they do perfect, also high tieing.
I had a horse that was bomb proof, single tied to anything and everything. He ground tied and in several situations he happened to step on his lead rope and he would sit there with his to the ground until he lifted his own foot (or waited for me to release the pressure). Even had his halter get caught on a metal part of a hitching post, he couldn't move his head and he waited for the ten minutes I was on the other side of the trail preparing tack until I found him and released him. Never spooked. Even when a tractor backfired and the two horses on either side of him spooked and pulled back he did nothing.
I put him in cross ties for the first time, not thinking anything about it. He never had tying problems in the 5 years I had owned him and I put him through some extreme experiences. He ended up pulling back and flipping over backwards. I had to spend months training him to tie with the cross ties. I was careless and just threw him into it. It was such a freak accident. My horse always gave into halter pressure, always waited to be released, and never panicked until this one time. Something about two different restraints over just one.
Not directly specifically at you, but for anyone reading. Just because your horse is excellent at one or the other, do not assume they will be perfect for the other.