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    09-29-2012, 12:03 PM
Pulling Back

I was just wondering if there was a way to teach a horse not to pull back when tied. I don't have this problem with my horse just always been something I've wondered.
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    09-29-2012, 12:39 PM
Since this is not a current situation for you (and it's appreciated that you are clear about this), I won't spend a bunch of time on this. If you search the forum for: pulling back when tied, you will find a few threads on this already.
    09-29-2012, 12:44 PM
Well, I'll usually work on giving to pressure for a while.
When they're good at that. I tie them. And go where they can't see me, but I can see them and have them stand for about 30 mins, and gradually work up to longer time. I like them to be able to stand tied all day.
If they pull back, don't get excited. I usually have a knife ready incase I need to cut a rope, but it's never happened.

I let them pull back. My mare used to.
I tied her to a very solid tree, and she hasn't done it again.
Old owner used to untie her or tie her to something that would break.
Yeah, was annoying.
    09-29-2012, 12:50 PM
Green Broke

My boss uses this on one of her horses. His name is Blue. He would pull back alot. So we tried this halter on him.. it has a piece that goes around the cheek bones and what not. So when he pulls back.. it pulls his head forward. I think
    09-29-2012, 12:56 PM
Originally Posted by barrelbeginner    

My boss uses this on one of her horses. His name is Blue. He would pull back alot. So we tried this halter on him.. it has a piece that goes around the cheek bones and what not. So when he pulls back.. it pulls his head forward. I think

Looks like it'd just put more pressure on the poll
    09-29-2012, 12:58 PM
Green Broke
Rope halters are the best for pullers, since they are way stronger than any nylon halter you will find out there. Not that the nylon isnt strong, but the rings & clips holding it together are not.
They also apply more pressure.
As for teaching not to pull, it really depends on why the horse is pulling.
Is it a claustrophobic issue, which most times it is, or is it because the horse has learned that if he pulls back he will come loose?
For claustrophobic horses, sometimes the best thing for them can be release. You don't necessarily have to untie them, but have a set up like a tie-ring or a rubber tire that will have some give to it but not let the horse go. This will help them become confident that they are not trapped.
If it is a horse that pulls because it knows it can get free, make sure you use a good strong rope halter that is tied tight, a strong rope & a post or a tree and a good quick release knot and let them sort it out themselves.
    09-29-2012, 12:58 PM
Green Broke
Ya... pretty much I guess.. Im not sure exactly how it does help.. but somehow.. he doesnt bull back any more..

The pressure doesnt go to the nose anymore.. but in different spots?
    09-29-2012, 12:59 PM
Of they're pulling back I think the pressure wouldn't be on the nose, but on the poll.. Either way.
    09-29-2012, 01:03 PM
Green Broke
I have bought one of those cheaper rope halters with the lead just tied on and let the horse walk around the corral for a day or two with the lead dragging. They learn that when they step on it and it gets tight, pulling back just hurts. It does wonders for horses that won't lead too! But, it's what I would do if I had tried other stuff before and was desperate.
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    09-29-2012, 01:04 PM
Green Broke
Well, I have to disagree.. if a horse pulls back.. and UP and the same time.. kinda like reared up as well.. there IS going to be a bit of pressure on the nose..

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