Ground Tying Issues
I'm not sure if its the methods I'm using or the way I'm doing them, but my mare just doesn't seem to get that she needs to stand still. I started working on teaching her to ground tie by telling her to whoa and if she stepped forward, I'd back her up and make her stand then take a step back. It worked a couple times and I'd praise her when she stayed, but for the most part, she'd immidiately walk off or sniff around and walk, etc. This is also what I did when she was in the cross ties... she just constantly moves around no matter how many times I correct her. Sometimes if I loudly say "hey!" she freezes and if I say the word "back" she backs up back to where she was standing. If I smack her chest when she walks forward she'll stop, too.
I am curious if maybe she thinks when I'm brushing her, I want her to move away from me cause I'm brushing her body... She usually stands when I brush her mane and tail... But that theory doesn't fit either cause she moves around even if im not brushing her.
Any suggestions? I'll try to video tape her tonight when I go out to show what she does and how I react.
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