Originally Posted by Cherie
Actually, I think this horse is more barn sour than herd bound -- but it amounts to the same thing -- a disrespectful horse that would rather be in the pasture than out with you working for a living.
I would NOT put him in a round-pen unless it is 7 feet high and made solid enough to hold rodeo bulls. I've seen a dozen of them jump or climb out and he could hurt himself.
I would not stall him in this frame of mind because you could turn him into a lathering stall weaver / walker / kicker. I've seen that also happen numerous times.
I would find or build a good, strong, safe place to tie him up and let him stand until he is quiet. If it takes more than one day, just put him back out at night and tie him up again the next morning. I prefer a nylon rope hanging down from a strong tree limb. It MUST have a good SWIVEL SNAP. I prefer a big bull-snap.
I make sure the rope is strong and make sure the halter is tight and high (above the horse's nostrils). This horse needs to find out there is life after leaving his home.
I have wondered about methods like this, or high-lining them as I'm more apt to do. Have you found that the lesson carries over after the horse has been back with the herd and had the chance to re-orient himself within their influence? My initial inclination would be to believe that once the horse is turned back out that he'd just forget the whole thing and be even less pleased about leaving the other horses in the future. Actually, I was hoping you could talk a bit about your own observations of the effects (positive or negative) of tying horses up as a training method. :)