Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
When I taught my little one to cross-tie, I set her up in a rope halter [so she couldn't break free], and polo wraps. I tied a long line around one tree, and then as the other cross-tie, I wrapped another long line around another tree an held it taught. I could release if I had to, and the way I set it up, the tree gave me enough leverage that she couldn't wrestle away from me.
I held the line taught for the most part so she could feel the pressure. She spun around, got twisted up, kicked, reared, bucked and fell down, but after 45 minutes, she was just too plum tired to fight anymore. I loosened my end a bit and did a quick release knot, then stood with her and rubbed her and loved on her before unhooking her and walking her out. She's never had a problem in the cross-ties since.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."