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post #1 of 8 Old 07-23-2013, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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My horse won't stand still when hooked up?

My horse has never been fidgety on the cross-ties, or being tied up around the fence post for a bath. After I get done washing her, or brushing her she's fine.. Just when I go to clip her up is when the problem starts.. A few weeks ago she started acting up, and I thought she was in one of her sassy moods so I just hooked her back up and got to business, but she started to pull back, rear, and paw. I asked my trainer what to do, but she said to just leave her standing so I did, and then the post broke, and she fell over with it. (she was fine thank goodness) I don't know what to do, and my trainers advice flunked. Any advice would be helpful!
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-23-2013, 10:56 PM
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Sounds like she needs to be tied to the patience tree/non breakable pole for a few hours a few times a week. She can pace, paw, neigh, tap dance, rear, etc until the cows come home. Once she realizes she isn't going anywhere fast she will simmer down. The first few times I'd keep a close watch on her. Bring a book, a few beverages, maybe your tablet to play a movie, clean your tack with a toothbrush.... Whatever can occupy 2 or 3 hours. When she has been standing calmy for a while take her off and put her out. For safety purposes keep a sharp knife handy incase the safety knot doesn't come undone.

Another method is the tie blocker ring which I've never used so I'll let someone else go into detail. IMO a tie blocker is more used for horses who are afraid to tie. Your horse sounds like she does tie... When its convenient for her.
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sounds like she does not trust the clippers. I'm assuming you mean electrical ones, that make a scary (to the horse) buzzing sound?

Time to go back to the basics and desensitize her to the clippers. Start by plugging them in and turning them on away from her, so she gets used to the noise without having to worry about them coming near. Then approach her with the clippers turned off, let her get relaxed with you just holding them in your hand while you groom or do something else next to her. Then I would rub them over her while they are turned off, progressing to where you can touch her anywhere with the clippers. Then turn them on and do the same. Go back to the step she was last comfortable at if she gets stressed or scared. She needs to learn that they are not going to eat her, and she is still safe with something that sounds like a gazillion bees stuck in a can at the end of her human's hand.

Letting a horse stand tied because it would not accept something it is either not used to or is scared of is not a valid training tool, in my opinion. The horse does not understand that they are being left there because they didn't listen or were scared of something. It really gets my goat when I see horses left tied to 'teach them a lesson' when the prep work wasn't done to keep the stress levels down.

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sounds like she does not trust the clippers. I'm assuming you mean electrical ones, that make a scary (to the horse) buzzing sound?

Time to go back to the basics and desensitize her to the clippers. Start by plugging them in and turning them on away from her, so she gets used to the noise without having to worry about them coming near. Then approach her with the clippers turned off, let her get relaxed with you just holding them in your hand while you groom or do something else next to her. Then I would rub them over her while they are turned off, progressing to where you can touch her anywhere with the clippers. Then turn them on and do the same. Go back to the step she was last comfortable at if she gets stressed or scared. She needs to learn that they are not going to eat her, and she is still safe with something that sounds like a gazillion bees stuck in a can at the end of her human's hand.

Letting a horse stand tied because it would not accept something it is either not used to or is scared of is not a valid training tool, in my opinion. The horse does not understand that they are being left there because they didn't listen or were scared of something. It really gets my goat when I see horses left tied to 'teach them a lesson' when the prep work wasn't done to keep the stress levels down.
Sorry, sorry, sorry!! I misread the post because I had to start/stop reading it again. I thought the OP's horse was just being a brat, not having clipper issues. I missed the memo somehow!

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I wondered what "clip her up" meant.
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maybe because i'm a Canuck, I pick up on british type wording really easy? Lol!
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-24-2013, 12:38 AM
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Sorry, sorry, sorry!! I misread the post because I had to start/stop reading it again. I thought the OP's horse was just being a brat, not having clipper issues. I missed the memo somehow!

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You're not the only one. I was going to give the same advice.
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I'm sorry! Not clippers, just the hooks we tie her with, like the clips?? XD I'm so sorry for confusion!

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Sounds like she needs to be tied to the patience tree/non breakable pole for a few hours a few times a week. She can pace, paw, neigh, tap dance, rear, etc until the cows come home. Once she realizes she isn't going anywhere fast she will simmer down. The first few times I'd keep a close watch on her. Bring a book, a few beverages, maybe your tablet to play a movie, clean your tack with a toothbrush.... Whatever can occupy 2 or 3 hours. When she has been standing calmy for a while take her off and put her out. For safety purposes keep a sharp knife handy incase the safety knot doesn't come undone.

Another method is the tie blocker ring which I've never used so I'll let someone else go into detail. IMO a tie blocker is more used for horses who are afraid to tie. Your horse sounds like she does tie... When its convenient for her.
Thank you! I'll try that!
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