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post #1 of 8 Old 06-11-2011, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Ground tying?

I kind of want to teach my horse to ground tie (where you can drop the lead rope on the ground and they will stop right then and there, not even graze) just for the heck of it. If somebody could tell me just how to start training him for that, I can easily figure the rest out. Thanks in advance!

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I kind of want to teach my horse to ground tie (where you can drop the lead rope on the ground and they will stop right then and there, not even graze) just for the heck of it. If somebody could tell me just how to start training him for that, I can easily figure the rest out. Thanks in advance!
The way my trainer had me start was pretty simple. I would have Dancer stand and I would face him with the lead rope in my hand. I would then throw the lead rope down on the ground with purpose and say whoa assertively. I would then walk towards his back and around him and eventually away from him. Sometimes when I walked behind him I would pick up a foot or two. We are still working on me being able to walk away from the front without him following me.

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Very helpful, thank you!

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It depends on what purpose you want you ground tying for. To me, my horse is aloud to graze while ground tied. He just isn't aloud to walk around. I want him to relax and know that he can stand and eat a little while. Keeps him occupied and not minding the standing still. I use it a lot and it is convenient to use. But for tacking up I wouldn't want them grazing though, so it depends. =)

I used a lunge line. (This is after you horse knows how to back up when you shake the rope) I would stand in front of him, drop the extra length from above the horses eyes (so they notice I am doing something and to pay attention and he shouldn't follow me) let the lead line have enough slack that it could touch the ground and step back. If he moves forward I take an assertive step forward while shaking the rope, have them back up to the original spot. Then back up again, repeat until horse stands still. Then CALMLY walk to your horse and pat/pet. Wait 20s and repeat. Then when the horse will not move with one step back, take two steps. Then go until you reach the end of the lung line, (never let the lunge line get off the ground in front of the horse) Then if you feel confident start moving side to side, from different angles while asking you horse to stay.
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Cool! I'll probably try both :)

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with my mare i put a longer lead rope on and dropped in on the ground [with my gelding i put it over his neck tho] then i told 'stay there' and point at her. everytime she moved i made her put her feet back in the same spot and said 'HEY" firmly. i started out standing really close to her, now i can walk around and out of sight or go get her grain and she wont move. i also find that its easier to do some things [like pull her mane] while shes ground tied. she knows that when she is tied or on cross ties that she can move around a little bit, but when she is ground tying shes not allowed to move her feet. i love ground tying ! since she has learned that rope on the ground means stay there i can walk and with out pausing drop her rope and she will stop and stand right there.

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with my mare i put a longer lead rope on and dropped in on the ground [with my gelding i put it over his neck tho] then i told 'stay there' and point at her. everytime she moved i made her put her feet back in the same spot and said 'HEY" firmly. i started out standing really close to her, now i can walk around and out of sight or go get her grain and she wont move. i also find that its easier to do some things [like pull her mane] while shes ground tied. she knows that when she is tied or on cross ties that she can move around a little bit, but when she is ground tying shes not allowed to move her feet. i love ground tying ! since she has learned that rope on the ground means stay there i can walk and with out pausing drop her rope and she will stop and stand right there.
yay! Now I officially have a reason to train him to ground tie! Perfect :)

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I have been working on ground tying with my gelding. I can groom and tack up, and get ready for my ride. I can walk away from him but can't be out of sight for to long. We're getting better at that though.

I do it similarly to Gypsygirl. I do have to use a chain otherwise he will drag me around, but I just lightly pull the lead and say "stand." I will give him little reminder tugs while I am moving about him to just to keep him focused. He is very nosey. And if he takes a step, I put his feet back into the same spot and repeat. he is getting pretty good! Its kind of cool!

Sometimes I just stand there with him in the arena. Saddle and bridle on and make him wait. The kids at the barn always ask me what I am doing and I always say "Just standing." :) The way I see it, not only can we groom and tack at shows and such, where cross ties may not be available, but also by standing there in the ring with tack on, I know he won't go anywhere if I fall off. This certainly paid off when I fell off on trail. He just waited for me. It was nice!
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