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post #11 of 15 Old 10-26-2012, 12:38 PM
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Time to do some training with her and teach her to tie - yes, I read what you said, but the horse needs to learn to be tied. In fact, you don't even actually know there will be a problem with her tying - you are assuming there will based on the previous owner stating she had not been cross-tied (though, if you go into the training expecting an issue, projecting fear and nervousness of what you think is going to happen you'll likely create exactly that situation).
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-26-2012, 01:14 PM
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I always liked the Clinton Anderson "if you want to move then I will MAKE you move" theory. Seems liek it would really work in this case. If she dances around then lunge her in a circle or back her quickly. The try again. She will get the message that standing to be groomed is much more comfortable then acting like fool.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-26-2012, 02:26 PM
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EVERY horse needs to be patient and respectful to being tied. EVERY HORSE. It isn't the finished trained horse that allows you to groom and tack up while ground tied. Ground tying is great, but your mare isn't ground tying.
We don't tie up our horses just because. We do it to be the one who decides where and why they stay while we tell them what to do. If you think that's cruel, make your mare a pasture pet.
It's only after YEARS and YEARS of work that they like being ridden and trailered. And my old herd was just like that. Please train your mare to stand tied quietly.

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post #14 of 15 Old 10-26-2012, 08:29 PM
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She has come to associate grooming with work. By work, just the saddling and bridling and packing you around. She knows the routine. I'll bet if she was in a paddock at liberty she'd allow you to brush her. If she walks away, let her, she'll stop sooner or later, the just approach and brush again. When you're done just walk away and leave her be for a while. Horse ownership isn't always about riding, it's also about building a good relationship without using harsh tactics.
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She has come to associate grooming with work. By work, just the saddling and bridling and packing you around. She knows the routine. I'll bet if she was in a paddock at liberty she'd allow you to brush her. If she walks away, let her, she'll stop sooner or later, the just approach and brush again. When you're done just walk away and leave her be for a while. Horse ownership isn't always about riding, it's also about building a good relationship without using harsh tactics.


I have tried the very thing you are talking about. And I would say 6/10 times that I groom her don't end in tacking up or riding. I try to do a lot of brushing and just ground handling.

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