Originally Posted by hottotrot
Heyy everyone :)
So I started leasing this horse who has bad ground manners :( While I was out at the farm this past sunday, my horse wouldnt stand still while I was grooming him, and he got a little antsy and threw him head back and his halter broke! Luckly there was an experienced horse woman there to save the day lol. And as you can tell this is a huge problem, so I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips or advice to help me teach my horse to stand while tied. It would be very appreciated
thanks soo much
How about some background? How old is the horse? Does he have any training? How is he with leading? Backing up? Generally giving to pressure?
Right off the bat though, he has now learned that he can get loose and you need to stop that immediately. I use a neck strap and halter and tie to a very secure hitching post.
My spooky mare has twice spooked while tied since I moved to this method. The first time, after getting over the initial spook, she was major pissed and just wanted to "win" against being tied. She had previously learned she could get free if she pulled enough (broke the barn and dragged part of it over to the neighbours). I made her stay tied for an hour. She tested it a few more times, but the last 20 minutes she was just plain bored.
The second time was just this past weekend. The mean green stool apparently turned into an enemy and she pulled back. And I mean she PULLED! Practically sat right down -- pulled her butt right under herself. But my neckstrap, halter and tie were designed to hold and hold they did. I stood aside and told firmly but calmy to "STAND". You could actually see her clue in and figure out that nothing was going to improve until she listened to me. It was amazing to see. The rest of the time she was tied after that, she was not happy, but she didn't make any effort whatsoever to pull. She's not tiny either -- 17.3h.
I will never tie her any other way, EVER. Thanks to a former forum member for this information.
Do not tie your horse with anything that will break or release. Halters, ropes, and whatever the rope is tied to must all be strong enough to withstand a minimum of 2500 lbs pull. If you use the neck strap and halter properly your horse will not get hurt, but if he learns to break and run, either he will or someone else will.