Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
For a horse that has gotten in the habit of pulling to be retrained to tie, it needs to learn there is no point in pulling, because the rope will not break, and it will not win. I have heard of several ways to do this, my experiences are:
always make sure they are very halterbroke and give well to pressure first.
1) the above method. Depending on how determined the horse is, this can get ugly. For a horse that is of the 'thinking' sort, not prone to really violent reactions, It can work well. For very reactive horses, it can result in injuries and more harm than good.
2)give and take. Use a sturdy lunge line, wrap it around a post, and when the horse goes back, maintain pressure, then have them move back to where they should have been, and release pressure. Eventually they figure out they can't win, and they need to stand quietly. We usually do something like this with our babies for the first while, so they learn to stand quietly without being 'trapped' when they test the rope. Doesn't take long before they never test the rope, and stand quietly when its draped over a rail. At that point they can be tied fast, and I've never had a puller using this method. In fact, I've halter broke many horses, foals, weanlings, two and three year olds, and never had a horse I trained pull back to the point of breaking anything.
3) rope around the girth. Run a rope around the girth(in a non sliding knot), between the front legs, up through the halter and tied next to the lead rope, but slightly shorter than. The horse pulls back, feels pressure, and moves forward away from it. We've used this on OTTB's that were pullers, and it works great.