*** The jist of this rant is, my horse has spooked twice now in the cross ties and broken them. This time, she broke both and ran off like a lunatic until someone opened a pasture gate and she stopped near the new mini pony. When the incident is going on, she's hauling backward on the cross ties with all her weight in spite of what I do or don't do. After, she is excited but still responsive and not giving me any disrespect. I lunged her after both incidents and she would not pull on me. Her groundwork is fine, but she is not good with being tied. In her stall, when tied to the wall, she neighs, paws, and wiggles around. In the cross ties she used to paw a lot but has almost stopped entirely now that there are rubber mats there. I don't think she's completely comfortable with being restrained, so how do I fix that? What do I do when she is hauling back on the cross ties, or about to do it? She is usually laid back and confident, but it seems that when she has the mind to, she'll break out of the cross ties.
***** The looooooong version:
The first time this happened, my mare spooked in a different cross tie area, in the barn; she was going backward so I tried reaching for one of the ties then, which seemed only to make her more panicky and she put all her weight on one cross tie, breaking it and landing on her butt, however getting up surprised and embarrassed while I held the lead rope that I had left on her. No harm done, had the chiropractor out for adjustments as per usual and fixed the cross tie. About six months later now, she was excited in the wash stand cross ties. No lead rope on, she was acting bothered and hot from being in estrus, having the new mini pony nearby, it being close to turn-out time, and I hadn't worked with her much for about five days.
I saw her stargaze and start fidgeting, so I thought, last time reaching for the cross tie didn't work, so I'll cue her hindquarters. I stepped over and did so, when she kept taking steps backward I smacked her flank with a crop; she stopped moving backward and went closer to the cross ties, then stopped altogether, looking at me intently. Alrighty, done. So I moved back to her shoulder to put the crop down and put a hand on the cross tie as I did--- kablam. She hauled backward and I stood aside, calmly saying Whoa... she kept at it with her full strength, snapped one cross tie, kept hauling, and snapped the other, immediately whirling around and bolting off with the broken ties on her halter. She galloped up and down the back pasture's fence until someone ran out and opened the gate for her to run into the pasture and stop near the mini pony, where we could go out and grab her with no issue.
I lunged her both times immediately after the incident, and really made her move; both times, she didn't pull on ME at all and was as responsive as ever, only very quick and flighty. Makes me think that when I touch the cross ties, she thinks the ties themselves are after her? Since I can lead, back her, turn her, and send her off in a tight circle just fine with only a loose halter and lunge line. Shortly after, she is able to stand still and simply attentive while I pull on her halter and pop the whip or swish the crop next to her.
Thoroughly done with her crap, I lunged her a full session and made her work hard with lateral cues and transitions out the whazoo, then backed her, led her over poles, hosed her off, and tied her halter to the wall in her stall. Pissed her off, she pawed and neighed and moved around, but wouldn't pull on the rope in the stall like she had in the ties. I have tough mats in the stall, so pawing isn't much a damage with her front shoes on. I let her work it out while I fixed up her stall for the night, 'cause you better be believing I am NOT going to let her act a nut in pasture after that incident, nor am I going to chance having to chase her back to the barn tomorrow morning before I leave, and honestly I'm not in the mood to deal with a muddy gray horse tomorrow
*cough* anyway, ended with letting her loose in the stall with hay for the night. Left the pony out to pasture, I doubt she will miss my mare much... she seems to like my neighbor's warmbloods quite a lot.