Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Brandon, Manitoba Canada
She is very impatient and has never been asked to stand or tie before I got her. When I got her she was a pasture ornament who was spoiled into a very very pushy and disrespectful horse. She is a 9yr old polish arab. She drags her feet and has worn down her toes already, so I don't want her to wear them down any farther. So she hasn't been tied for very long at a time. Our farrier is coming out on the 3rd, to deal with the toe issue. I have not ridden her due to her lack of disrespect. She has been ridden before and was very well behaved but I want to cure some bad manners before we start trail riding. She is being worked with 3x a week. Tues, Thursday, and one day of the weekend.
I can't just drop the lead rope because if she does move and she steps on it, she will freak out. Another issue I would like to correct asap. If she steps on her lead rope, she goes into complete panic mode and it's quite difficult to get her off her rope and calm her down. She is not a spooky horse at all either. The only time I've seen her freak out is if she steps on the lead rope.
I don't think tying anything to her leg will work, she is the type of horse that will figure out not to do it and then the moment it is off I am betting she will be right back at it.
I have been standing her on a stall mat but the pawing is not just when tied. It's anytime she has to stand still. If we are out walking and I stop to talk she starts pawing. Its impatient on her part and drives me nuts.
I had a horse that pulled and pawed when tied, I used a aussie tie ring with him and that fixed that problem. He would also freak out if he stepped on his lead.....with all my horses I would let them out on the lawn to cut my grass for me with their halter/lead on (only while I was out there) and he no longer panicks/freaks when he steps on his lead.....I've done that with all my horses and none get upset over stepping on a lead, they learned not to step on it and if they did to step back.
If you are leading her and she paws, take the end of your lead and smack her leg with it and say NO, won't take her long to figure out every time she paws she gets a smack on her leg.
My horses are the joy in my life.....