I have a almost 15 year old Thoroughbred mare who I believe was never taught to be tied to something. We have had her for almost 3 years and we have tried teaching her but nothing is working.
This year she is going to be my show horse, so it would be nice if I could tie her to a trailer and not have her flip out.
She was never raced, but did have some racehorse training. All I know is she was sold to a racehorse trainer as a yearling and he sold her as a 3 or 4 year old to an old couple, they had her for over 8 years and only rode her once or twice, then we got her.
When I saddle her or brush her I just throw the lead over the rail and she usually just stands there. If she tries pulling it, I will pick it up quick and make her move her feet. Then she won't try it again. Or I will throw it over and then have it hanging on the ground so if she starts moving I can step on it and when she feels the pressure she stops and stands still.
But if you tie it, she will fight it until it breaks. You can tie her in the stock trailer or the stall and she is fine. She has broke a halter in 3 different places from her freaking out, she broke a rope because she literally sat down and kept pressure on it until it snapped, and she had broke several other halters and leads.
Any ideas? The method of just letting her pull and pull isn't working because she will jerk back or sit down and break it. She is a big 16hh, built like a tank Thoroughbred.