10-30-2011, 06:31 PM
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I cannot advise you on tying, since mine all came to me pretty good at that, so never had to train for it. I do train all of mine to ground tie while I groom them, and stand to be mounted. It takes time and consistency, but is not difficult....
To teach to ground tie, put her where you want her with a lead on her. ( I use one long enough that if I am brushing her butt and she moves there is enough on the ground to step on.) Look her in the face and say whatever you are going to use as a "cue". I personally say "wait". Then I go about my business. If my horse moves AT ALL, they are backed up, put back where they were and we start over. This is where it can get frustrating. You may never even get to brush the horse the first few times. Make her stand there a few minutes, then give her a break and reward her. Next time a little longer. Mine are to the point now (or at least WERE, prior to going to the trainers who ties them....)where I can say "wait, and go to the tackroom get my stuff, come back.....put on my boots.....etc.
WHen it is time to mount-there was actually a post here a few months ago showing how to do this, and it may be on youtube-not sure. Anyway, I think of "make the right thing easy." So, you want it to be difficult to do anything but stand. (same with ground tying, really). Initially it is easiest, I think to have a halter and lead on the horse when you do this.....get on the block, say "stand". If the horse moves AT ALL....use your lead and swing it at her butt-make her move forward around the block a couple of times. Then bring her back, tell her stand.....same thing all over. Really swing the end of the lead at her butt and MAKE HER MOVE. Make it much more difficult because she moved than it is to stand there.
GOod luck-hope you can make sense of this.