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    09-04-2011, 10:31 PM
Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
All I have is a cotton twist rope....would you suggest using a nylon, or a leather halter? Do you think it is really worth doing? Thanks!!
I'm only speaking personally and I'm certainly not a professional horse trainer, so take this as you like

First off, you are going to be supervising the horse in a controlled area (not a big wide field) so he shouldn't get into a bind. Therefore you don't need to use a breakaway type halter, you can use any type. They won't pull so hard to break a halter anyway.

If the horse has already learned to yield to pressure (and he should before you go to this stage of training) he will step on the trailing lead rope and feel the pressure on his halter and stop. Then he will figure it out. You let him figure it out. He almost trains himself. You watch him so he doesn't get tangled or panic at all. It's a simple, "oh I felt a tug on my halter when I stepped on this trailing lead, I'd better stop and calmly step off it." A lot of older rope horses have this figured out and they don't panic at all. Teaches them to be calm, and figure out things, and sometimes even wait for you to help them.

As Westernspice mentioned, saves a lot of reins!
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    09-04-2011, 10:33 PM
Green Broke
It is a good tool with some horses and does teach them to stop and not panic.. I've never had to use it thusly, but would if I found it necessary to do so..
    09-04-2011, 10:39 PM
Dont do it with a cotton twist rope. Theres a risk it might untwist when he stands on it and get his foot stuck between the yarns.
    09-04-2011, 10:45 PM
It is a good tool. I do that with all of mine as weanlings & yearlings. They get a rope (not twisted) just long enough to step on and wear it in their stall with supervision. Enough to learn to give to the pressure but not enough to get caught up in.
    09-04-2011, 10:53 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for all the replies!!! Makes me feel better about this type of training method....

Red Gate Farm, thanks for explaining it a little more in detail, LOL....long day at work, so its taking me a little longer to get things. I completely understand the concept of it. As far as him knowing to yield to pressure, he does for sure. I've just been thinking about the "what ifs", and I feel as if, if we are prepared for something that could happen, than we might have a better chance of having things go easier, or getting out of a sticky situation easier, if you know what I mean.

Christopher...thanks for that tip! Didnt think of that, I think I have a nice rope somewhere around here, so Ill look into that!

MH, thanks!! Like I said, been thinking about it for a few days know, and I feel like it is something that I might want to do with Rodeo, for the just in case moments!!
    09-04-2011, 11:01 PM
Yep, I do it too, though I haven't had a horse that needed it for a while. Actually, now that I think about it, I may end up doing it tomorrow. One of the horses I have in for training managed to untie himself today while waiting for the farrier. As he was walking, he stepped on the lead, flung his head straight up and freaked out. I do believe that a couple of hours in the roundpen with a loose leadrope will do him a world of good.
    09-04-2011, 11:02 PM
Green Broke
You can also do this with the horse standing next to you. Lightly put your foot on the lead rope. If the horse pulls, the rope can slip but will keep tension until the horse gives. As the horse learns, I have them put their head lower with less rope. IMO it refines what you're teaching them.
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    09-04-2011, 11:11 PM
I like to let them graze with their leadrope trailing. Similar concept, less stressful situation. If they do freak out, doesn't take them long to spy another juicy bit of grass and put their head back down!

We do it in a rope halter and 12 foot yacht rope lead.
    09-05-2011, 04:41 AM
Yup, had to train my gelding this summer. I had already trained my mare to do this in a round pen when she was younger. Apparently I had forgot all about this when I first got my gelding. Then last year when I was 7 months pregnant I haltered and attached the lead rope to my gelding to pick his feet, then dropped it and walked off to get a brush about 15 feet away....

I turned to see my goofy gelding back stepping away from the lead dragging on the ground, with the whites of his eyes showing! He run off for a good while, and got the rest of the herd running, and of course I could do nothing, but wait for hubby to catch the horse, lol.... So this year I locked him in the barn lot with his buddies and made him drag the sucker around, lol.... As long as it a safe environment (walk through and CHECK!). And you watch them in case something bad happens, then it's fine...

You don't want to be like me, pregnant with a 1100lb psycho creating a stampede b/c you went to get a brush, haha!
    09-05-2011, 08:44 AM
Green Broke
I do this too with my filly. She has learned if she steps on the rope she figures out which leg she needs to pick up to get a release. It does help them to not panic in a situation. Also having a longer rope ends up getting dragged along or behind a leg and gets them used to the touch so they don't panic with something touching them. If that makes sense.
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