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    03-23-2013, 04:29 AM
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This is a Draft. Lot of horse to try to battle this out with.

And I would say horse is spoiled rather than "scared of almost everything".

While letting horse battle it out with being tied is sound advice, big difference in riding horse, and one this big. Tie horse solid to something and it has a fit and pulls back, could end up with hurt horse.

I've seen horses that would not tie. And none of them were "spoiled", far from it. Claustrophobic is more my thinking.

But one? Ended up stringhalt because of someone deciding to teach her to tie once and for all. Pacific Bailey bred QH mare. Nice mare. Ruined after that.

Another was Saddlebred. Hotter than normal, but only thing that broke her, if she stayed broke, was she broke crossties and flipped over in stall. She didn't do that again at the barn when I was there, so don't know if that stopped it forever or not.

And another QH mare, ties okay inside, but outside, has a fit and will pull until she dies I think. She was badly spoiled, and had bad tying accident when someone tied her as short yearling.

Drafts have enormous strength, and this would be a horse I would teach to tie by innertube method, rather than anything else, and then only if was absolutely sure that whatever tied to would not be able to be moved.

And even then? Might only work when the horse is tied to that, and not work if tied to anything else. Would not want to bank on horse being fixed of this.

None of us are there to see how you are handling this horse, nor how it is reacting, nor your facilities or your skills in handling horses for that matter.

I would strongly suggest you get someone on the ground there, that has experience with horses of this size, a GOOD person with horses, not some fool down the road in other words. Let them see what is going on and try to help.

Old Sorrel has Drafts and she may have some ideas.
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    03-23-2013, 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
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 gets them using their thinking side of their brain instead of their reacting side......

Thinking side versus reacting side is one of the biggest loads of horse manure to come out of someone's mouth.

Horses by nature are reactive, that is how they are meant to be.

And everyone that I have seen that touts this, has a horse that is now ignorant.

A calm person makes a calm horse.
    03-23-2013, 04:26 PM

Id try to teach her not to be scared.. Like walking her around scary objects, tieing scary bags to her legs, making noises. Just teach her you will protect her and your the leader.. I think there might be trust issues.
    03-24-2013, 08:04 PM
Blocker tie is best way to deal with this. My mare could not be tied when I got her. Started using blocker tie with long rope and she is no problem now. She particularly does it in the barn, or inside tying and on the trailer when tacking up. Outside she is better than my other horses, standing still and calm. I take the blocker tie with me for the trailer. She does it less now, like once every 6 mo. My other horses know how to pull out if the blocker so they must be hard tied. This is an easy fix.
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    03-24-2013, 08:07 PM
Oh and I don't believe it's spooking. It's "I don't wanna..."
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    03-24-2013, 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by Palomine    
Thinking side versus reacting side is one of the biggest loads of horse manure to come out of someone's mouth.

Horses by nature are reactive, that is how they are meant to be.

And everyone that I have seen that touts this, has a horse that is now ignorant.

A calm person makes a calm horse.
You may disagree but it's my opinion it's not a load of horse manure that came out of my mouth......

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