Originally Posted by Deschutes
I have a question about the tying method...
The festival has a saddlebred who is majorly herd sour, and whenever she is away from the pasture, [even if she is tacking up with other horses] she freaks out. It got to the point where she'd rear and almost every time almost fell on herself while still tied. Is it still safe to just tie her?
On the first day I tied Phoenix I didn't tie her short enough, she reared up and got one leg over the rope and ended up stuck - she tied her head to her leg. I then tied her shorter but she still had enough length to break her shank. Sooooo I then tied her so short that all she could do was scream, paw and swing her bum backwards and forwards. She was not happy but settled down after a couple of hours.
Personally regarding the saddlebred I would tie her up real short and leave her to it, who wants to be bothered by a frantic horse that you can't tie up? Either she learns to tie or she kills herself - I call that win win.