Originally Posted by kitten_Val
This is an article by Julie Goodnight and with all respect to people who suggested to "fight it through" I have to disagree. You can hurt (if not kill) the horse with it. Some will NEVER give up no matter what. Julie Goodnight Natural Horsemanship / Horse Master TV Show since that time I have accepted the fact that some horses will just never tie. "
I'm NOT saying it's a case for your horse, but it's a fact for some horses.
I actually have little respect for Julie Goonight...if you are a natural horsemanship kind of person, she does not follow that sort of thinking very well; I've seen some of her episodes on RFD and was not thrilled at how she would deal with some of the horses issues...
And in response to killing the horse, a horse can kill himself running around the pasture, just as easily as he could being tied up. That is a weak generalization, as we all know how 'fragile' horses are in general. There are ways to help a horse figure out the tying thing, without having him go through the extreme of sitting down on his rear, but sometimes THEY choose that, not us...my mare sat down one day on the lead, and I still am not sure why, she just spooked and pulled back...of course she couldn't get very far, and as I only had her lead wrapped around the fence vs tied, she didn't really get jerked too badly, as the lead let some tension out. Horses are fight or flight animals, and even a horse who normally ties really well (like my mare does), something can spook him and there is nothing you can do about it, save for get out of the way.
And I respectfully respond to the remark that points out that a horse will never tie, that if you can't figure out a way to actually teach the horse to tie, then you need to place the horse in a home where the people do have the time and patience to get it done correctly. Having a horse that ties well is essential for so many reasons, and I think we do a dis-service to him if we can't help him over that fear/impatience about being tied. Whether that means starting with teaching the horse to 'solidly' ground tie, and working from there, using the blocker tie ring, and going from there, or using a neck rope, or belly rope and going from there. I DO NOT believe that there is any horse out there that can not be taught something as simple as being tied. I've worked with too many messed up horses who wound up turning into great horses, to believe otherwise. Again, I disagree with you and her respectfully.