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    04-07-2009, 08:29 PM
Besides that he is a good boy, that is a great photo! You can tell its cold, you can see his breath.
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    04-07-2009, 09:33 PM
Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
Excuse my ignorance...but what is ground tying and how do you train your horse to do it? Another thing....I can't even trust Major to be tied up for 10 minutes by himself so its really not possible to leave him tied unattended yet. He pulls back so hard on the lead rope with me standing there that its very difficult to get untied after only being tied a few minutes....given to much time I know that the halter or lead would break.
This is why if you do decide to train him to tie (not ground tie, but regular tie) the Blocker tie ring will be invaluable. It's not a steadfast tie, it offers the horse the chance to pull line through til enough reps = the horse no longer feels the need to pull back at all.

Ground tying is definitely something you want to teach your horse, too, but be sure to teach your horse to tie as well.

Do you have any at all other issues with your horse?
    04-07-2009, 10:18 PM
I have numerous problems with him. Most if not all of them seem to stem from fear though. I cannot mount OR dismount without 2 people holding him, he gets extremely nervous when I lead him far enough away from the barn or his buddies (im not sure wich bothers him), he cannot be caught if there is a man present, if he is not kept busy while I have him on lead he gets I all seems to stem from fear. He is getting a little better and I am hoping that when the weather gets nice enough for me to work with him consistently every single day that he will get a lot better faster. Right now it will be nice for a couple of days, then rain for 3 or 4.....that doesnt allow for the consistent training he needs. On the plus side though....he is very intelligent and learns quickly. Once he knows what it is that I want him to do he will do it and while im trying to teach him he trys. He is very sweet and has never tried to kick or bite anybody *knock on wood* lol. Sorry for the rambling but I couldnt list the negative without listing the good in him .
    04-07-2009, 11:18 PM
Horses don't have opposable thumbs so will never be able to learn to tie.
    04-08-2009, 12:55 AM
I totally understand how hard it is to work with a horse that's afraid of the world. I had one who couldn't tolerate his own shadow. O_O Have faith, your love and patience in him will eventually pay off big time. Have you considered the Monty Roberts join-up? It has always worked really well for me, and it also makes it that much easier to catch them. =] Of course if you don't have a round pen or at least a small-ish arena you don't mind running around in, the join up is next to impossible.

Oh, and in case you don't know what a join up is, you basically use your body language to drive the horse away from you, standing tall and your shoulders square, facing him. Look for signs such as his inside ear staying on you, licking and chewing, any kind of relaxation. Eventually you want to turn your back to him and have him come to you, for him to decide that he wants to follow you as you walk away. It sounds harsh at first to chase your horse around, but the idea is that the horse will start looking to you as the head of the herd. The head of the herd is the one they look to for guidance. Should I flee? Nope, boss isn't running. That kind of thing. It's just beautiful, using natural means to create amazing bonds. =]
    04-08-2009, 12:58 AM
Originally Posted by Joshie    
Horses don't have opposable thumbs so will never be able to learn to tie.

Hear hear! Lol. I do know a horse or two that can UNtie very, very well. =]
    04-08-2009, 01:03 AM
Lol joshie! No wonder he wont do it!
Ricci, Major comes to me just fine in the pasture. Its the one thing I can get him to do ty anyway hun
    04-08-2009, 01:15 AM
Oh, that's not what I meant. It's just that you can also use the join up to teach a horse to be caught, not that it's the only thing it can teach them. But hey, at least he's mastered something, eh? It says wonders of your relationship. Horses don't come to people they don't like. =]
    04-08-2009, 12:05 PM
Makes you wonder what has happened to him in his life to have all this fear in him.....

Could some of the nervousness come from what he's being fed? Hot in, hot out.

Working with him lots this summer is going to be a huge help. You sound like you've got his best interest at heart and that's going to go a long way in helping him trust you.
    04-08-2009, 12:22 PM
Do you go out and spend time with him even when you cannot ride I know in this spring rain crud it can be hard to actually ride? Soda is a little (lot) fearful too and I've found even if I go out and pet/rub him all over (like 5-10mins) when I go to feed it helps A LOT with his attitude. He trusts me a lot more. If I don't really spend any time with him for a couple of weeks beyond feeding (I got really busy with school late winter) he degresses really quickly and turns into jumpy/fearful/difficult horse again.

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