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post #1 of 18 Old 06-27-2011, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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My Horse Does Not Tie

I just bought a new horse and picked him up a few days ago. The previous owner said he cannot be tied, he freaks out and his eyes turn white and she said just not even to try it.

For some background info, he is a 9 yr old paint gelding, he was only broke as a 6 year old so he is immature for his age. So far I haven't had any other problems with him he rides good so far considering and has really good ground manners.

I have not seen his reaction to being tied, so what I am asking is for advice on how and when to try tying him for the first time. I just want it to be a good experience and prevent either him or I from getting hurt. I don't have stalls on my property so really the only thing I could tie him to would be the trailer or a tree, or possibly my husband said he could make me a hitching post.

He has been at my property for three days and I am doing a two week trial, I don't want to push him too fast but I also need to know what I am dealing with before I agree at the end of the two weeks to keep him.

I've never dealt with a horse with this problem before so I'm just preparing myself for the worst and hoping someone can give me some advice on how to go about it. Thanks.
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-27-2011, 06:23 PM
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i personally prefer to have my horses ground tie. if that's an option it's a very relaxing way to tack a horse up.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-27-2011, 10:55 PM
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I have worked a gelding threw this same problem.
I started by walking up to a tree just to see if there was a reaction. He was calm until I started to loop the lead rope around the tree, then he just freaked out, bugged eyed, and started pulling. As soon as he started pulling back, I started asking him to back up and back up and back up and back get the idea. Then we walked back to the tree. The more he fought the idea of standing by the tree, the more ground work we did. If he doesn't want to stand still, then MAKE him move.
Usually when a horse has that violent of a reaction to being tied, it's because something tramatic happened in that situation, and a horse has a memory like an elephant (forever and ever, amen.) The goal with working with your horse is to make being tied the "safe place" to be. Being tied means rest.
That gelding and I probably backed up 100 miles and did 200 miles of lunged circles (I am exaggerating here) next to that tree, but after a week or so, I could tie him to that tree and he was calm.
I wont candy coat it and exclude that the second day, he did spook at something (I don't think I will ever know what, his own tail maybe??) and he pulled and sat back on the halter. THANK goodness for Clinton Anderson's rope halter. (If you don't have one, go to Ebay and find ebay store Flash's Equine Products, they sell halter/lead sets 1/2 price of CA for the EXACT same thing. I have tried a dozen other "just like the professionals" rope halters, and the Flash halters are the ONLY ones other than an actual CA that I recommend.) Anyways, he only pulled that one time, and he calmed himself down in a few seconds and stood TIED nicely.
Don't be afraid of a horse pulling back, it can be very scary, but every once in a while it's going to happen. Thats why I invest in rope halters and yacht rope leads, so that the horse stays the safest when they are in "flight mode". Make sure you know the quick release knot!!!! I have a 6 year old gelding that will stand tied to a leaf most days, but every once in a blue moon he rears up and sets back as hard as he can. Only he and God know why, the best I can figure is he's just hoping one of these days I will have forgotten to tie him and he can run off into the wild blue yonder... who knows?!?

Side note:
I agree with the convenience of ground tying, but sometimes it isn't the most logical answer, like if you are going on a overnight trail ride with 200 other horses or to a show/rodeo/? where you wont be standing next to the horse the whole time.

Good luck with your potential new horse! I believe as long as you are confident in your own abilities to handle a horse with an "issue", this problem can be resolved. If you are not confident, or decided he needs more help that what you can do, I would say you are a VERY smart person for doing a trail period! And move on to another horse. Just don't "over-horse" yourself! GOOD LUCK!

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post #4 of 18 Old 06-28-2011, 12:12 AM
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Three words: Blocker Tie Ring
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-28-2011, 12:29 AM
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what's a blocker tie ring?
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-28-2011, 01:01 AM
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My horse does the same thing - but I let him graze &he stands just fine.
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-28-2011, 09:39 AM
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The horse's instincts are kicking in. His flight mode is taken away when he's tied. One needs on work on trust first and this takes time. I'd flip the rope around a stout tree and hold the other end. If the horse stood for only a moment he got a treat. Food is a great motivator. I'd walk him away then return and repeat. Repetition creates familiarity. Don't expect much at first, keeping in mind you are asking for a tiny amount, not the whole picture.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-28-2011, 10:20 AM
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Check out The Clip as well. Very similar to the Blocker Tie Ring, just a slightly different design and slightly cheaper.
SmartTie Products

This is how I teach foals and green beans to tie:)
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-06-2011, 02:12 AM
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Just read a book on breaking to tie, it said tie a horse to an inner tube (the rubber kind) that's around a sturdy post, so that the horse pulling back won't hurt himself. No clue if it works, but the author, Dave Jones, said it worked really well (of course he'd say that, he wants his book to sell. Silly me)
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