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post #1 of 9 Old 01-29-2008, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ground tying

how are horses trained to be ground tied? Is it only some horses?

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-29-2008, 10:50 PM
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Like, drop the lead on the ground and they stand there?

If so, you just teach it to stand.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-30-2008, 06:27 AM
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I bought one of those ground stakes that swivel and a single leg hobble. I plan on trying to teach them to ground tie this spring. I'm not exactly sure how to go about it either I figure I will just start working a lead rope around their legs and go from there. Anyone else have other advice I would be glad to hear it too.

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-30-2008, 06:56 AM
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I'll love to hear how your horse will do, Vida. Mine was able to figure out how to move with hobbles. Looks very weird, but efficient. :lol: What I was told you put hobble on and stand with the horse for min, than 2, than 3..... Then you move away from horse and stand on distance etc. First stage worked for me perfectly. As long as I tried to move away though, my horse just hopped after me.
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-30-2008, 09:15 AM
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I have always moved the horses feet, if he did not want to stand ok lets lounge a little then try it again, and keep going he will learn it is easier to stand then to keep moving.

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post #6 of 9 Old 01-30-2008, 10:12 AM
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I try and teach every horse i work with to ground tie, it makes them stand so much quieter when they're actually tied up. I start off with a rope halter (I prefer the clinton anderson type that are thinner with the 2 knots on the noseband- you have a lot more control that way) and i make sure the horse knows how to lunge well (basically move to pressure), especially how to back up if I wave the lead back and forth. When they're standing in the barn aisle (or wherever I tack them up) I stand in front, drop the lead rope, and say Whoa. From then on it's just a matter of correcting them whenever they start to move. -you really can't leave them alone at the beginning since they don't really know what's going on. If they start to walk off I back them up (sometimes harshly), get them to where they were to start with, drop the lead rope, and say Whoa. You can't let them put their nose on the ground to smell stuff because 9 times out of 10 they'll start following their nose somewhere! I also don't let them turn to the side and start sniffing things, they need to stand still quietly. After a while (depending on the horse) they start to figure out that the lead rope on the ground means stand there. Once I left my horse out in the aisle and met the vet for something and completely forgot about him standing there! 20 minutes later, went and got another horse and then found him standing like an angel (mostly sleeping actually)! haha, OOPS! Not something I recommend! but it's great that i can leave him there and he doesn't get into trouble. It's also great for when I'm setting up jumps in the arena. I leave him in the middle of the arena, set everything up, and go get on. And I come from the background where you never ever leave the reins or lead rope hanging on the ground? I still agree with the reins, but if the horse steps on the lead rope it's not a big deal. They start to pull back, the smart ones who know how to give to pressure will put their head back down and move off of it. The others kind of snap their head up and jump off and then realize it's not a big deal.
This is the way I've done it, I'd love to hear the way other people ground tie.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-30-2008, 09:07 PM
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I use chained leads, and tell them to stand, and when they move pull on the chain.

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-02-2008, 03:30 AM
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ground tie

iv taught one of mine to ground tie using this site
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-02-2008, 08:10 AM
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I may be confused but I thought ground tieing was when you use a single leg hobble and a stake to contain them. I guess I mean picket? Sorry my terminology is off. I plan to "picket" train my horses. Hope thats correct

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