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post #11 of 13 Old 10-20-2012, 07:29 PM
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For a horse that likes to set back....they get tied to a tree every day all day. If they want to stretch their necks I let them. I don't go running over or tie them in a special knot that when they pull back it comes undone. They will learn that pulling back gets them no where and I will NOT haul a horse that sets back....I don't want them destroying my trailer or getting lose and running around the grounds causing trouble or hurting somebody and their horse. So either they figure it out or they stand tied all day to a tree with many lessons to think about.

I don't tolerate a horse that sets back for no reason and who endangers me or others fact I have a mare right now that is oh so close to getting staked to a tree.
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-20-2012, 10:53 PM
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I took the time to train my horses as I described above. I can go out in the pasture and put my hand up like a stop sign and neither one will move until given permission. That has instilled patience in both of them and it was done at liberty. It is their decision to stand and wait and they do it very well. It wasn't difficult to teach. It took about 10 min two or three times a day for a few days.
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post #13 of 13 Old 11-07-2012, 01:16 AM
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Hi, the farm i work at has a few horses that do the same thing. they tie just fine in the trailer no problem , but they they sit back at the hitching post. the way we approach it is that something is either scaring them at that spot or they are just not comfortable. our solution is ground tieing. we teach the horses that if the halter and lead are on they are to stand still. when the lead comes off they can move or if someone leads them of course. for the horses that do not ground tie well we put them in cross ties. they tend to be more relaxed in those. hope this is a little helpful.
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