Originally Posted by amberhunter
I don't untie my horse because she misbehaves or purposly only tie her for short periods of time because she does misbave I guess I was just trying to point out the fact that I don't just leave her tied for hours on end for no purpose. I don't accomidate her because of her rude behavior. I do generally just ignore her except when she paws and it irratates me because sometimes she paws the trailer fenders and it can be very noisy and destructive then I usually only verbally repremand her. I guess she could have learned this behavior in the past from former owners she has been passed around quite a lot.
I didn't mean that you were doing it on purpose. By releasing her when she is doing her pacing/pawing, it is rewarding her for her bad behavior. She just learned that hey...if I start to do this...I don't have to stand here anymore. There is absolutely no harm in leaving a horse that is safely tied for any length of time. It may seem pointless, but it is teaching patience. Now I am not saying leave her out there for days, but a few hours tied to something other than a trailer where she can not do any harm to herself or anything else. Hence why I suggested a high line.
I also agree that tying after working her, she will come to see it as a release instead. She will start to think....I worked really hard and need to take a break...oh hey I can stand here...it's more work if I actually pace/paw...why not take a nap instead.
I hope that some of this makes sense and good luck with your mare!