03-28-2008, 05:28 PM
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I would continue to tie her, but maybe for shorter time periods, so if you get 10 minutes out of her standing quiet. Untie her, walk her around, give her some treats, do something fun, ride, etc., then put her away. Get her out again a bit later and try for 12 minutes of standing quiet. Try to do it a couple of times a day, slowly increasing standing time...some time by herself, some time with you grooming her, every once in a while give her some pats or a treat.
Make sure your equipment is good and wont break if she begins to pull, also make sure you are in a position to get out of the way safely.
I think you should spend a lot of time with her tied, but not all at once, especially if she is bruising herself. Just try to break it up.
Once you get that down, you might also want to work in cross ties some also.
My tactics with my guy are a bit different, but not knowing your girl and her thresholds, I would not necessarily recommend trying it. I wrap my guy's lead around the post about two times and then hold the loose end. I then flap around a bit, and if he is in the mood (which is the only time I have to work on it), he spooks a bit). If he just throws his head but stops at the pressure, great, lots of pats and love, and calm right down, if he pulls to where my grip is pulled, I let go of the rope, and re-grab it once it is pulled loose, and then drive him back into open space, and then circle him until he is breathing hard. I had to do that about three time in a row, and then the fourth time that I spooked him, he just threw his head up, but stopped at the pressure. That works for me and that particular horse - don't try it if it doesn't make sense for you or your horse. :)
Good luck :)