I have never tied one of my horses since I was told when I got him...he doesn't tie...don't tie him beacuse he will break his halter when he pulls back. Well that's too bad because he is going to learn to tie. What is the best way of going about this. I was told get a cowboy halter and just tie him...he can pull back all he wants and the halter will not break. I am concerned he will break his neck or hurt himself some how...am I over reacting?
FIRST, I would get a sacrifice halter for THIS horse and very securely tie a lead to it that is long enough to drag. Put this on your problem horse and turn him out by himself for about one week with this apparatus on him. He will step on the lead, haul back and punish himself without hurting YOU. I learned about this from a Welsh Mountain Pony farm and they broke their yearlings to halter in this way. After a week, test him by running the lead around a vertical fence post. Pull him towards the post, and see how he reacts. I believe one week will cure him, but it may take longer. I would NOT try tying him until he is cured. Once you fix this problem it will be permanent. Feel free to praise him every time he does right.
Next question is where should I tie them. I have three horses...two are attached at the hip and have meltdowns if they are not with their buddy. I am currently working on operation seperation putting them in seperate paddocks and soon leaving one in their stall in the other turned out. Should I tie them far away from each other or close at first?
Here is how I tie, high enough to keep a foot from being caught, quick release and daisy-chained.
Keep them far enough away from each other so that they can't start a food fight with you inbetween them. If possible, tie them all out of sight of each other. I would suggest that you spend the next month on tying manners. I worked with my 2 young geldings--my mare came finished--last summer. They stood tied while I gardened...for hours. I could see them, but it was good practice.
I started tying for grain in 1985 when I bought a small herd of 6 horses that I couldn't catch, though there were all broken. I demanded that each put his head over the fence and wait to be haltered, then I led each to his own tie spot to be grained, then back to their paddock (they lived outside with a shelter then), head over the gate as above. They exited the paddock and were put back in their pecking order. THIS kept them from becoming fractious, as a herd leader will do if he isn't fed first.
And you mentioned low protien grain. Does what I feed them really affect their behavoir?
My current 3 horses are easy keepers and DON'T need grain to maintain their weight. I use it for training purposes ONLY.
There is some connection with high protein grain affecting horses just like high sugar and junk food hypes kids up. Talk to your Vet about what KIND and amount to feed--PM me if you want a longer explanation. I had an Arabian, "Corporal", (1982-2009, RIP) and an OTTB who were both hard keepers, so I've got some experience there.
Thank you for the help!!!
You're welcome!! There are MANY expert trainers here, BTW.