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post #1 of 5 Old 04-20-2010, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question Stand STILL!!

Ok so my two year old Red has a hard time being still. If I tie him up, no dice. He paws, snorts, whinnys, and moves around all over the place. Hes so impatient & I have no idea what to do about it. I've been told to tie him up and let him stand there for a while, but that doesnt seem like its working. Any advice?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-21-2010, 12:09 AM
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What I do is leave them tied as often and is long as possible (even if it`s 15 minutes a day everyday), just tie him up and play with another horse, or do barn chores somewhere you can keep an eye on him. I have left some tied all day (at least a really long time... 6ish hours sometimes) if I have to. It will start to work, hes only 2 so he will get better with more experience and time. Once he gets good at being tied quietly in one place, move to another and another...

Thats just what I have been taught, and have done...Some horses it takes a while though.

You could hobble train him also, if it gets really bad, or he wont stop...

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-21-2010, 12:11 AM
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my little girl did that when she was that age...its like they think your going to leave them and never come back...i dont know of anything you can really do besides put him on cross ties and just let him stand there..walk away, dont give him any attention...my girl still paws to this day though..i dont think that'll change (at least for me, some grow out of it)...but even if you have to let him stand there for 45 minutes..let him stand there and go about your business...

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-21-2010, 01:44 AM
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I highly recommend the Monty Roberts University. Well worth the money to have access to the videos. The dually halter cannot be beat, and there are videos specifically on standing still.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-21-2010, 11:09 AM
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I agree with the dually halter, I use mine a lot. When I sent Hunter for some ground manner training (trainer did NOT use my dually) he would do the same thing - not stand still. She would put the lead rope over his neck and any time he moved she would calmly put him back where she wanted him. He eventually figured out it was easier to stand there then back up and be put back in place. Sometimes has regresses a bit (he is 2 as well) but I just have to keep up with it and he will stand still. He hates the cross ties though - we are still working on that one.
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