Originally Posted by Jessabel
A lot of trainers will just tie a horse and leave him for hours on end. It teaches them patience. It's how my draft was trained, and it worked like a charm.
The only problem with this is if the horse is already prone to pulling back, he can get in trouble if he's tied up hard and can't escape, he may end up breaking the lead. If something suddenly blows up by him/at him, especially....
For a horse that hasn't developed the habit of pulling back, leaving the horse tied for hours may work just fine (personally, I don't like the idea, but I do know of people who swear by it).
Here's another example of the pull back problem:
This horse pulled the 22 ft line 3 times through the blocker tie ring (there are 3 settings and I had to use the last setting, which is basically two loops...he still has give, but has to work harder to get the line to move)
He has been knocking down his owner in his blind panics (when something scary catches his eye...mostly moving things that make noise) and has broken leads. His owner will not tie him......yet.
It took 1 hour to get him to start to think and stop reacting. (If you'll notice in the first frame there's some white stuff on the left side of his withers. That's froth from his mouth. He worked himself up to a blind panic frenzy (I didn't even wave the plastic bag with much effort, either).... but then finally at about 45 minutes, he started to decide that maybe he could really just stand there and think it over and stopped pulling back even through I made the bag fly by his head and face (both sides).