Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
Well, I started off with an extremely unmotivated-to-move horse who I could just drop the line and his thought process would be something like "Oh, you don't want me to follow anymore? OK, fine by me. I'll just sorta chill here." (2-Pak will practically fall asleep on the spot the second you drop the lead. He's such a dork...)
But that's probably not helpful... XP
I taught Magic to ground tie pretty much the same way as G and K's mom... but when it came to wandering further away (i.e. out of her sight), she'd get to wandering. So I decided to get sneaky (since she's not particularly spooky)... I'd wander around her, in her sight, until I decided she'd stay still, then I stepped around the other side of a handily-placed truck or trailer, then just kinda peek out from behind it. When she started to wander, I'd pitch a small rock at her sides, and she'd sort of jump, but wouldn't go anywhere.
Now, the only questionable part of her ground tying is how if I drop her in a patch of grass, there will be a perfect crop circle around where I left her, because she'll stand there and pivot in place. XD I found her once standing in her crop circle and stretching her neck out all the way to the grass at the edges, but she wouldn't step forward. XD
Bandit won't ground tie, but if I ask him to lay down and then leave him like that, he won't get up until I ask him... at one time, he even refused to get up when my young cousin drove a 4-wheeler towards and around him several times.
Dante, I wouldn't trust him to ever be one of those horses that you could drop and leave for long periods of time. He's just too... ADD inclined.