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    08-12-2013, 01:53 PM
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Foal
Pulling and breaking halters! Help!

Hi guys. I'm new to the forum! So bare with me. I've rode and owned horses for many years up until college when I quit cold turkey for 4 years. I just recently purchased a thoroughbred/cob who is approximately 9 years old. She's been boarding at a facility now for 2 months and has settled in. However, occasionally when she's tied in a stall, cross ties, or tied outside she throws a fit and pulls back until something breaks and she gets away. She's done this about 4 times, and only once I was able to calm her down and settle. She's broke two halters and some cross ties. Help!
     
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    08-12-2013, 01:56 PM
  #2
Yearling
She's figured out if she pulls back she can break herself loose. If it were my horse, I'd be tying her with a rope halter to a safe solid tree and leave her till she stood quietly.
     
    08-12-2013, 02:03 PM
  #3
Showing
Agreed. Providing that she's not getting truly scared and that's causing her to pull back.

I'd guess though, that since she does it so often, it's probably become a habit by now.

I second the suggestion of tying her up with a stout rope halter and tied on lead (no snaps or buckles to break) to a heavy tree or a barn support post...something that isn't going to break. Make sure to tie the knot above the level of her withers.

Stand nearby, though out of her sight, with a knife handy just in case she gets into real trouble (gets down and is unable to get back up), but just let her alone to figure it out. She'll fight for a while and will probably fight repeatedly but leave her alone. I'd tie her up there for several hours ever day. Whenever she's standing nice and calm with her head down and a leg cocked, you can untie her and take her for a drink, then tie her back up again. Do NOT untie her at the end of the day until she's been standing calmly for 15+ minutes.
     
    08-12-2013, 02:31 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I used to take a horse like this and put at loop around the neck (tied with a bowline knot that does not slip) and run the neck rope through the halter ring and around a post or a high tie.. and then to a second tie off location with a quick release knot. I also had a SHARP knife.

Stand back and let the games begin. A horse that cannot break the tie will most often learn that they cannot break the tie. Such a horse that has learned they can break the tie will never be trust worthy.

I always tied my horses up with a neck rope because it prevented breaking the tie.. so they never learned to lean back and break stuff.

Funny thing was the horse that learned to untie herself... but that is a whole different set of brain cells the the ones used for leaning back and breaking things.
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    08-12-2013, 02:31 PM
  #5
Started
If she not frightened try a rope halter. My mare tried the hissy fit pulling for a couple of barn sour days lol. She pulled as hard as she could but was not strong enough to brake the rope and the halter was not going to give. She stopped as soon as she realized she was not getting what she wanted and has scene stopped all together.
     
    08-12-2013, 02:36 PM
  #6
Weanling
I used to have a thoroughbred who had once had an accident in crossties that ended up with him flipped on his back with his head hanging high in the air. Ever after that we could not tie him because sometimes he would be fine, while others he would freak out like your horse.

Does she ever freak out and pull back when she's not tied or is it only when she's tied? I personally wouldn't suggest tying her up and letting her fight it out like the other two posters suggested, instead I'd work with teaching her to stand still when you drop the lead. This method will take longer, but it is also the safer method and if she is in fact reacting from fear from a previous life event, it would be the kinder rout.

If you do end up tying her, however, I would suggest tying a rope around her barrel (with padding underneath so that it doesn't rub and make sure it's not a knot that can be tightened by pulling back) with the long end running between her front legs and under the nose band of the halter. Then tie both the lead rope and the rope from her body around the tree or whatever unbreakable thing you are using. Let her fight until she will stand completely relaxed without bracing again the belly rope.

I had to do this with my filly when she was around a year old and decided she no longer wanted to stand tied. After one 20 minute or so session, we never had to repeat it. Of course she tends to be a fast learner.
     
    08-12-2013, 02:37 PM
  #7
Showing
Elana, the neck rope is a great idea. I've used that a time or two myself on horses that proved themselves willing to pull until they broke rope halters.

I've also seen this a few times, but never used it myself. I've heard it offers great results, but I'd be afraid of it causing cinchy issues. This is one of the better example pictures I've found but they are using a much smaller rope than I would. I would insist on a large soft cotton rope for something like this.


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    08-13-2013, 02:56 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Elana, the neck rope is a great idea. I've used that a time or two myself on horses that proved themselves willing to pull until they broke rope halters.

I've also seen this a few times, but never used it myself. I've heard it offers great results, but I'd be afraid of it causing cinchy issues. This is one of the better example pictures I've found but they are using a much smaller rope than I would. I would insist on a large soft cotton rope for something like this.


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That's what I was talking about, you're just smarter then me and provide pictures

When I did this with my filly I had a pretty thick rope, but still put folded towels under it to make sure it wouldn't rub.
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    08-13-2013, 03:14 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I have used the body rope. You got to be careful.. it can hurt across the top over the back. They also can get hung up in it if they get their feet up off the ground. I have seen them stretch the halter so far as to get the nose band off over the nose!!

Heck.. ANY set up a horse can get hurt if it fights hard enough and long enough. That must never be forgotten in any of this. A horse is big and strong and not too bright. They can get themselves in some pretty bad wrecks very very fast.

VERY sharp knife is important to have.
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    08-13-2013, 03:18 PM
  #10
Weanling
Invest in a tie blocker tie ring. Horses pull because they panic, with the tie ring there is a release and not from breaking a halter after pulling back a few times with the ring and seeing there is a release and not more pressure they will stop pulling back. Jmo
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