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post #1 of 24 Old 06-09-2008, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Horse that pulls back

Hello there! I am new to the forum wanted to say hi.

I have a mare that pulls back when tied. Ive only owned her for a couple of weeks.

She seems to need to be the last one tied and the first let go. I would like to be able to just catch her with losing lead ropes and halters. LOL

I have heard conflicting advice, tie her low,tie her hgih, put a lariet behind her ears so when she pulls it tightens there and put a lariet behind her front legs and through the halter so if she pulls it tightens there. SO I am throughly confused on where to start, other than finding a good post!

Have any advice to add tothe jumble?
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post #2 of 24 Old 06-09-2008, 05:39 PM
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I had a horse I trained that was like this and some one suggested this to so here's what you need....

-6-8ft of Twine, sturdy twine but easy enough to break if she pulls back to hard.
-A golf ball size ball that has a hole through it like a bead, I bought one from a craft store that was wooden.
-An O shaped tie ring.

Alright once you have these things this is what your going to do,
Take the twine and tie it to your horses halter, take the other end of the twine run it through the tie ring that should be secured to a post or stall wall, and once the twine is through, tie the ball to the end of it. This way when your horse pulls back she has about 6 or 8 ft of pullage and wont spook and may or may not stop pulling back, if your horse doesnt stop pulling the twine will give a tight tug and then snap so no worrying about bent neck. This will take a while so have patience.

Or you could teach her to gound tie but this took my horse 2 months straight to learn. Take and lead your horse to where ever you groom, tack ect... everyday and put the lead on the ground , Say 'STAND' and then start grooming, if your horse even moves one hoof, place it back exactly to where it was and again say stand. This will take a while but once your horse gets it it will be like a dream. My horse stands now with no halter or lead and lets me tack him completely without moving in a 100 acer feild it is much worth it.

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I'm a great believer in the blocker or aussie tie ring. I use them for teaching old and young horses to stand tied without pulling back. I have one in my wash rack, I keep them for tying to the trailer or just tying to tack up. If there is one thing that is a miracle tool its the blocker tie. It used to come with a DVD on how to train the horse with it I'm not sure if it still does.
Heres one link or you can just google Blocker tie ring.

There is a little movie on it here

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post #4 of 24 Old 06-09-2008, 08:22 PM
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so i am not sure if all of you will agree with this method but i recently went through a period of time where everytime i tied my horse he would pull back. we went through 2-3 leadropes and a halter.( he kept breaking metal pieces on them) but anyways what an expierenced adult and I did was first put on gloves and a helment :) and then use a rope halter that will not break and simply wrap the lead rope around the hitching post, dont tie it but hold on to the end of it, have a dressage \lunge whip in the other hand. give the lead rope a slight tug ( as if he were pulling back on it so that he feels the pressure) if he starts pulling back drive him with the dressage whip until he takes even one step forward then stop. you dont wasnt to tie him so that you can let go if he pulls to hard but just wrapping it around once gives you a little leverage. he will soon learn that when he feels pressure to move forward to remove it. hope i helped. by the way this worked great with my boy! :)

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post #5 of 24 Old 06-09-2008, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I'm a great believer in the blocker or aussie tie ring. I use them for teaching old and young horses to stand tied without pulling back. I have one in my wash rack, I keep them for tying to the trailer or just tying to tack up. If there is one thing that is a miracle tool its the blocker tie. It used to come with a DVD on how to train the horse with it I'm not sure if it still does.
Heres one link or you can just google Blocker tie ring.

There is a little movie on it here
How excellent! I had never heard or seen those things, how neat! I wish I knew about these years ago. I once owned a mare who had been in an accident as a youngster when tied and could no longer be kept tied as she would panic. It took a few years and lots of work with her before we could trust her being tied.

This device really looks neat.
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post #6 of 24 Old 06-09-2008, 11:11 PM
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I also have used blocker tie rings, and I also use be nice halters which kind of work like a bitless bridle. Definitely stops the pulling!
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post #7 of 24 Old 06-10-2008, 08:49 AM
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Tie with a rope halter and rope only no snaps that can break and they learn to break. Do ground work first to teach to soften to pressure. The rope halter won't break and if you use a good one with knots on the nose band they feel that pressure and learn it eastier on them not to pull back. YOu don't want to teach them they get rewarded by getting free if they break snaps.
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post #8 of 24 Old 06-15-2008, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice guys. I will try a few different methods. She will stand tied fine as long as her buddy is with her, but as soon as I move my gelding she isn't happy.

She also hasn't been worked with or tied in over two years, so I am hoping with the attention and work every day she should come around.

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post #9 of 24 Old 06-16-2008, 06:35 AM
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My horse was HORRIBLE being tied (she was tied for whole month on rope in stall just before I got her). Basically almost any time I tied her to brush or saddle at some moment she panicked and pulled back like crazy. Using rope halters, letting her pull back and so on didn't work on her, because she rather break her neck than stop pulling when she's scared.

So I got what Vida suggested - tie ring. In fact you don't need to order it from Clinton Anderson site - I've seen it in nearby Dover store, and I'm sure some other stores also carry it. I don't believe much the equipment can help, but I got it because nothing else worked (just to give a try). I dig in 7 ft high post and attached the ring on about 5.5 - 6 ft high from a ground. Believe it or not but it was the best $20 I ever spent on equipment. I have it already for 3 month and NEVER had her pull back since that (before it was almost every single time). Besides it also give really easy release (don't need to make knot), so I use it all the time with my other horse (she's fine being tied, but tie ring is just way more convenient).
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post #10 of 24 Old 06-16-2008, 06:57 AM
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Before the discovery of the Blocker (Tie Ring), I would use a rope halter and about 20' of lead line. I would run the lead line through a secure ring twice to give it some friction then as the horse pulled back, I would let him but give some resistance to it. Pretty much the way the Blocker works.

The old "cowboy" method, which I was never really an advocate for, was to put a rope halter on them and tie them to a tree for an hour or so. I have to admit that it worked but there was a small risk of hurting your horse. I personally don't like that method but many people use it successfully.

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