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post #1 of 8 Old 06-26-2013, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Standing untied

So I'm working on training my pony to stand still without being tied, when her rope is dangling to the ground.
We've got to the point where 90% of the time she stands there fine. If she goes to move away I verbally tell her off and most of the time she'll stay and give me a guilty look! If she does move I tell her off louder and go and bring her back to where she was.
Anyone have any more effective techniques or has done this before? Or can see any issues with it? She doesn't panic is she stands on her rope,just waits for me to come and untangle it, and also I tied a loop of bailing twine between her halter and rope so it would come apart if there was a lot of force on it. I only do it with her halter but ideally I'd be able to do it with a bridle too.. It'd make things a lot easier on the farm and I think it'd be a useful thing for her to know :) Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-26-2013, 08:00 AM
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It's also known as ground tying. I find it to be VERY useful! If you run a google search on ground tying you should find some articles.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-26-2013, 10:15 AM
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I find it really useful too and yes, all my horses stand still while the rope is just hanging in front of them! Seems like you are almost there :0) The way I trained them was, make them stand in one spot, drop the rope and once the horse takes a step forward, make it back up - timing is VERY important here, make the horse back up to the exact same spot it was coming from, same thing if the horse backs, pull it forward with the lead rope to the same spot.Your body language is very important - be firm and consistent when correcting them and be friendly and rewarding when they stand. My guys got it pretty fast but timing, patience and to know how to use pressure and release is key here! Good luck!
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-26-2013, 12:00 PM
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My horse ground ties as well, but I taught him to do it with the rope slung up over his neck. Not because I'm worried about safety issues but because I don't like my rope getting dirty unnecessarily

I'd suggest not leaving the reins down when you start doing it with the bridle on. If your horse does step on or through the reins they're very easy to break (not to mention could give your horse a solid jerk in the mouth)
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Awesome, I'll keep working on it :) she's getting it slowly! My other pony just doesn't get the concept of it at all so I've given up on her!
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-26-2013, 08:46 PM
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I cheated. I would do a huge work out with them before working on ground tying. Figured theyre already tired and sleepy. may as well teach them to stand stil whiile theyre already sleeping haha. Definitely comes in handy.

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post #7 of 8 Old 06-27-2013, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Roperchick that's a genius idea Might try that with the Kaimanawa cos she's too food driven to ever stand still when there's grass around her!
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Training ~ Ground Tying Just in case anyone else reading this is interested in training their horse to ground tie, I just read this and it seems really helpful
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