Join Date: Jul 2008
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The most common practice in training a horse to accept pulling something is to have another person on a calm, experienced horse help you.
First, you need to make sure that your horse is completely comfortable with having their butt touched and bumped while you are riding them. If they spook when you pat them on the butt, then you'll end up in a wreck.
What you would do is have the other person drag the log while you had your horse walk behind it until they were comfortable, then beside it until they were comfortable, then have them walk up beside the horse that is pulling so that the log is being pulled behind them. Once they are great with all of that, then you can start working on dragging off them yourself.
Then, you'll want to have a fairly lightweight branch on the end of the rope (light enough so that you can pull it by hand without having to dally). Drag that around for a while, working up to the point where the rope is staying down the top of their butt.
If you don't have a horn, that's likely as far as you'll be able to go. For anything heavier, you have to have a horn because you cannot wrap the rope around any part of yourself, that would be too dangerous. I will tell you though, make sure you get the horse comfortable seeing the dragging log behind from both sides, right and left. So many people just practice with it on the right and when they take a left turn and suddenly the log is behind the horse on the left, the horse boogers and it turns very bad for everyone involved LOL.
Aaron Ralston did a great show about this exact thing on RFD-TV a while back. I don't know if you could find the video of that somewhere or not. It's not on youtube.
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