Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I agree with teaching horses to tie gradually, from baby on. My babies stand with their rope looped around a post next to mum, from a couple months on. Often by the time they are weanlings, that rope being around a post means "stand quietly". Once they reach that point, we progress to tying fast, with supervision, which turns into tying fast for hours as a two year old.
I need my horses to tie fast for hours, when your in the mountain and your horse is high lined, tied to a tree or tied to the trailer, they MUST stand quietly. A horse that snaps halters and runs off into the bush, leaving its rider on foot far from the nearest road is utterly unacceptable.
Its funny, with all the young horses(foals to 4 year olds) I've halter broken and trained to tie, all end up tying quietly. I have never had a horse I was training to tie break a halter or rope, or develop a habit of pulling back.