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        03-22-2013, 10:03 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I suck at reading today. Just read the part about the knot. I might try one of these - not too practical as I often have to tie to trees, but might be worth a try just around the place
         
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        03-22-2013, 10:06 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I do get it now......Once I tie a knot in the end of the rope, allowing her the length of the rope to calm down and focus. Then after awhile, tie the knot higher on the rope so she has less rope, this teaching her to calm down fast? (Maybe...maybe something like that?)
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        03-22-2013, 10:09 PM
      #13
    Showing
    SnowCowgirl, my gelding was virtually unhandled when I got him. I started tying him to a blocker and within a week, he stopped spooking while tied and trying to get away. Now I don't even actually have to tie him, I just loop the rope around whatever is handy and he'll stand there until I move him.
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        03-22-2013, 10:23 PM
      #14
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by AndyM    
    I do get it now......Once I tie a knot in the end of the rope, allowing her the length of the rope to calm down and focus. Then after awhile, tie the knot higher on the rope so she has less rope, this teaching her to calm down fast? (Maybe...maybe something like that?)
    Exactly!

    Aside from going into buildings and trailers, being tied in one spot is one of the most foreign and scary things we do with horses. It is completely unnatural for them.

    Also, instead of tying the know higher, you can also start looping the rope around whatever the ring is secured to. So, if you have her tied to a hitching rail, put the lead rope through the ring, then wrap the rope around the rail a couple of times.
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        03-22-2013, 10:38 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Perfect example of my boy "tied" using the blocker. I don't have the end of my rope knotted because he doesn't spook or pull back any more, so I don't need to have one.


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        03-22-2013, 10:51 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    My friends NSH mare was about the worst horse to have tied. She would shoot backwards, and either almost rip the tie stand from the ground or break her lead or halter. The part that scared her was the sudden restraint when she pulled back since it would scare her. My friend purposely put her in a round pen with her lead still attached and gave her the opportunity to step on it and scare herself until she realised she wasn't going to die. I've done the same with my horse just incase my little brother would drop the lead rope while leading him, just so it wouldn't become a dangerous situation. Not exactly the same thing you are going through, but worth a try
         
        03-22-2013, 11:44 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I would ask yourself if she is really getting spooked by something and trying to get away or if she just doesn't like being tied and pretends she's spooked so she can get away. If she is doing this every day, I would suspect the latter. I've had several horses come in whose owners thought/said they couldn't be tied.

    Well, I would evaluate whether it was the first or 2nd reason why they're having so much trouble, but mainly found it was the fact that they didn't wish to be tied that was the problem, at least in the cases I saw.

    If they were fearful, I would sack them out in the roundpen and that usually fixed it after a couple lessons. If they were being brats and just freaking for no reason (ie. Hating being tied,) I would put them in a nice lil rope halter and go tie them to a stout tree. They eventually get over it in a couple sessions, depending on how stubborn they are. I've had some sit back and come forward into the tree, scratching their noses, but once they give it up, they'll stand there quietly. Might seem mean, but I'd rather them scratch their noses freaking out on the tree then hurting some kid at a playday or someones 40k trailer.

    I would suspect since she does it so often, she's learned that she can get free if she sits back and will likely keep doing it. Figure out if she is legitimately doing it in fear or is trying to get free. Hope that helps a bit!
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        03-23-2013, 12:19 AM
      #18
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl    
    I don't get how this would work?

    River pulls back too occassionally - I've dealt with it by never using leads with snaps (only using ropes that attach directly to the halter) and generally use rope halters.

    I just know that if she were to pull back on that thing, the caribeaner would just break lol
    These work! I had a older gelding that I was told could not be tied/bathed/bug sprayed/etc........I got a aussie tie ring (same as a blocker but through clinton anderson). I used a 20ft. Long line clipped on the rope halter. I stayed close by and every time he pulled back and was able to move he stopped......I would go pull the rope through so like he was tied and just kept doing that.

    Also what works is by letting them graze (I would let them out in my yard one at a time) with their rope halter and lead on, I did that with my now 4yr. Gelding who was born here and he learnt very young no need to panic, step off the rope LOL

    I did that with all my horses, none of them panic if they are tied up and something scares them, they may pull back and then step forward to release the pressure.......
         
        03-23-2013, 12:23 AM
      #19
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl    
    I just know that if she were to pull back on that thing, the caribeaner would just break lol
    The caribeaner is optional. The one I used was bolted into the wooden hitching rail (see the pic I put up) and worked perfectly.
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        03-23-2013, 01:09 AM
      #20
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by AndyM    
    I do get it now......Once I tie a knot in the end of the rope, allowing her the length of the rope to calm down and focus. Then after awhile, tie the knot higher on the rope so she has less rope, this teaching her to calm down fast? (Maybe...maybe something like that?)
    I don't tie a knot in the rope, I use a 20ft. Rope and I've never had one pull that far back, just stick close by and when they pull back be sure to put them back like they are tied.....it gets them using their thinking side of their brain instead of their reacting side......
         

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