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post #11 of 13 Old 04-19-2012, 09:38 AM
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When horse begins this? What are you or others doing? Watching, or actively asking him to quit it, either by clucking him up, or getting after him? Or does he do this regardless?

You can try, if this horse is determined to do this even with humans telling him to come up, taking a Coke can filled with some rocks, and rattling it, making him step up. Stop immediately when he does move forwards. You will need to be behind him, but not within range of hooves.

Can also use crop to tap back end, when you are at side, and tell him to come up.

He could also be taught to ground tie?

But agree he does need to hard tie. Very aggravating. Not to mention hard on items.

A word of caution though. We had a Pacific Bailey mare, 4 years old, that had been "taught a lesson about tying" and she pulled so hard and got so twisted up, that she stringhalted herself. It happened with previous owner, so no telling how they attempted to "teach her a lesson" but I do know the results. Really nice mare too.

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-19-2012, 12:43 PM
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I have used the blocker tie ring and while they work to reduce injury it's best to train the horse to yield off halter pressure. My horse does the same exact thing. He just leans back then freaks when he feels the pressure. We're slowly working on it with LOTS of groundwork, sensitizing AND desensitizing. I cannot stress enough how much I LOVE Clinton Anderson's groundwork techniques.
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I have had a couple of really bad pullers that have come to me that way and I will usually put a belly rope on them to cure it. I have a good 3/4" mountain climbing rope that is probably 30 feet long and I haven't found a horse with the pulling power to break it yet. It doesn't have any clips on it to break and I just run the rope down through the halter ring where you would usually tie your horse then down between their front legs. Then it is similar to a girth in that it goes up over their back to the other side and then I just tie it back on it's self with a bowline knot so the loop can't close down at all and can always been un done when they do pull back. (Basically you have a loop around your horses girth with the tail of the rope going between his legs and through the halter ring)
Then i just tie them up to a good sturdy post that has boards close enough together that they can't get a foot caught up in and let them figure it out. I like this method because I have had really good results with it and because it doesn't pull from the poll. I have seen a few horses that pull back hard and have hurt their poll which is never great.

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