Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I believe that there are different techniques that work for different people and horses. My old barn owner would use 3 halters and lead ropes and tie the horse to a tree with its face inches from the tree and then let the horse fight it out, until it stopped fighting, the horse would end up cut up and hurt. I underststand why he did this as the horse was hurting itself, but at the same time I would not chose to do this.
Based on the advise given here, I am going to sound like a complete communist, but I would tie the horse while feeding, and get it used to it that way, and then tie it for longer and longer each time it eats, I would start with tying during feeding, then build to keeping it tied after feeding, and then onto tying before feeding. Sure it takes longer to do this training, but I think it is kinder to the horse and has less risks. And no I am not a natural horsemanship follower, and wouldn happily whack the snot out of my horse for any aggressive behavior, I just don't think it is necessary to go balls out all the time.