Teaching a horse to cross-tie
Well... My mare doesn't know what cross ties are, it seems. We weren't sure if she cross tied or not, so we put her on them and she stood quiet for a few minutes, but then she realized what was going on and busted them both (They were supposed to be break away, but didn't). No one was hurt.
When I first got her, I tried holding her by the side of her halter, and she was very unsure of it. Now she is to the point I can lead her anywhere just by the side of her halter.
Now, I have been tying her to one side only to get her used to the feeling of the tie on the side of her halter. It has been 4 days and so far, she still freaks out about once a day, but is quicker to calm than when she was first exposed to them. I give her treats as she stands there so she associates the tie with good things.
She seems to dislike the feeling of it pulling on the side of her face, as she turns her head, it pulls, so she pulls on it. I keep trying to tell her the wall isn't going to eat her, but she is not convinced! I keep her normal lead on the bottom of her halter, and as soon as she feels me pull, she calms right down, so I have been using it as a way to reassure her.
How would I go about tying her to both without her panicking? I have the feeling she might again, even when she gets used to the one.