02-10-2010, 08:03 PM
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It may not be as difficult as I was worried it would be.
I had to tie her up today, but it turned out okay.
She'll stand tied very nicely now if I'm standing next to her, so I did that, and progressively got further away and away for longer, going back to her each time she tried to follow, couldn't, and got upset.
She still didn't like it when I walked away and left her tied: she would try (over and over) to walk away, but then go back to standing nicely when the rope tugged at her, and she would paw the ground sometimes...
But, she didn't pull on the rope hard, and her panic level never got above some low-level nervousness... So, I think she did extremely well considering it's only the second time in her life she's been tied!
Tomorrow I'll be working on ground manners anyway, so I think I'll add in what ReiningTrainer said, with lowering her head to teach her to give into downward pressure. If she learns that well, I won't have to worry as much about what would happen if she was startled while tied.