Originally Posted by kevinshorses
If done correctly tying a horses head around does help them figure out how to yield to pressure. The way I do it is to pull my stirrup forward and tie the rein or lead to the stirrup then when I release the stirrup the wieght of the stirrup takes the slack out of the rein. The horse can stand all day with his head straight but he has to hold the stirrup. It doesn't take more than 5 minutes and they are bending to get the relief. If something spooks them they can pull their head straight with no problem. I do very little of this. Only a couple of times on the average horse so that they can figure out what I want without having to worry about me up on their back.
Thank you kevin. I would have had to go find a post by Riosdad otherwise!
I really do object to that being referred to as the "sideways version of rollkur", the only thing it would force
him to do is use his brain and figure out how to make himself more comfortable. If he would rather stand there and be uncomfortable, he could do that, or he could just turn his head a smidge and release the pressure. I was not talking about cranking his nose back to his hip, I was talking about the equivalent of a direct-reined turn. Only with baling twine. And with me on the ground.
Also kevin, that's exactly
what I'm looking for. Lateral flexion ground exercises other than carrot stretches. I want to be able to get on him and do the figure eights, but it would be an "S" with a straight line down the side. I already have the book I mentioned before, and it does have some nice suggestions for getting him stretchy and getting him back into shape. So we'll see how that goes.