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post #1 of 11 Old 05-18-2011, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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New Horse Pulls Back When Tied Alone

What is the best way to handle a horse that pulls when tied alone? Does not do it when she is with another horse, but that is not always possible. She does not pull back and thrash, she just puts all her weight back on her haunches and settles back and pulls. Any advice is appreciated as I have not had a puller since I was a kid. Thanks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-18-2011, 09:21 AM
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Training. There is a good product called the Tie Blocker that is an excellent tool for just such a problem.

The other method is to use a good rope halter and a stout tree then just let them work it out.

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-18-2011, 09:30 AM
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Every time they pull, smack them forward. If he is only doing it by himself, it's a learned tactic to get out of work. He probably did it for his previous owner.

Remember also - get everything ready before you go to get the horse. Grooming tote, saddle, etc. Once you tie him, keep him too busy to realize he is alone.
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Training. There is a good product called the Tie Blocker that is an excellent tool for just such a problem.

The other method is to use a good rope halter and a stout tree then just let them work it out.
I like this method. Just tie for a half hour a day in a rope halter. It won't take long for the horse to learn to stand tied. But when you tie be within listening distance just in case there is an issue and have a knife handy, just in case... (but horses are smart and I wouldn't expect you to have an issue - just smart to be prepared)

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-18-2011, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Why a rope halter?

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A good rope halter has no buckles and very little chance of breaking. A regular halter could break and that just enforces the horse to lean back knowing he can break it.

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nevermind. I know the answer to that, I am just not awake yet.

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The lady that I bought her from told me she used to tie her in a breakaway halter because she pulled (she did not tell me that before I bought her). Anyway, I thought to myself "are you crazy.....you just taught her to pull because she got away!".

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That's what a TWH mare we have used to do. I took a shipping halter (halter/lead, won't break) and tied her to something she couldn't break, away from the other horses. Then I left her there while I worked with my horse and did other things around the barn for a couple of hours. I could always see her, just in case she blew up and was at risk of hurting herself. She did throw a few fits, lots of pawing and pacing, but she eventually stood quietly.


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That's one of the reasons why I don't like breakaway halters for anything other than turnout. I also prefer the rope halter method and use it frequently. One way I teach all my young horses to be still and calm when they are tied is to tie them up after a good workout. If they are already tired, then they should appreciate the opportunity to relax and just stand. If they are pacing and pawing and calling to other horses, I leave them tied until they stop and stand still. If they are good about it from the get go and fall asleep, then I turn them loose as soon as they are adequately cooled/dried off.

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