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    11-16-2012, 09:48 AM
Green Broke
Tying up by the bit

I wake up this morning and in my FB feed there is a post from a local natural horsemen up in arms about something a parelli person said about him. Apparently she found a photo of him tying horses with a bridle/bit.

Natural horseman guy say its fine. All of his horses are taught to stand quietly and give to the bit therefore there is no danger.

Parelli person say no horse should everrrrr be tied up by the bit. It's dangerous and could be harmful to the horse.

My opinion: I would never tie by the bit. It takes two seconds to put a halter on or to loop one around a horses neck. I *might* loop a rein around a fence rail so that if they did pull back it would give, but that would only be to run into the barn to grab something.

Do you tie with the bit/bridle? Why? Why not?
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    11-16-2012, 09:59 AM
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Never ever tie up by the bit! Too easy for major mouth injuries. I also don't tie up with the bridle or reins as again can pull the mouth and they are too expensive to replace! Head collar only :)
    11-16-2012, 10:39 AM
I don't think the horse is going to give a lick about "giving to the bit" if he gets scared enough.
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    11-16-2012, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
^^ Agreed! I made the mistake once when I was new to horses. I got ripped a new one, nothing happened but I sure as heck never did it again.
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    11-16-2012, 12:38 PM
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I wonder how those cowponies all did it when the cowboy canters up to the saloon, hops off and loops a rein over the hitching rail, and leaves horse for hours.
    11-16-2012, 01:35 PM
Green Broke
I don't tie by the reins. Too much $$ if they get broken. I do not recommend it. Even the Cavalry horses had halters or another rig for tying under or as part of the bridle.

To answer TinyLiny.. First of all it is the movies where everything goes good in the shots they keep (and you will note they loop the reins which will pull free) and second, it is likely those horses were taught to ground tie... something no one does anymore (love a horse that ground ties). Horse won't care where they reins are if they ground tie.
    11-16-2012, 01:47 PM
NEVER tie up by the bit, unless you like seeing your horse with a messed up mouth. No matter how many things we teach them to be calm around, it only takes the ONE time for a panic attack.
How much effort is it to ride with a halter and lead, or pack a lead and tie it around their necks?
Guess we're all starting to wonder about some of the Parelli methods.
    11-16-2012, 01:49 PM
Id say it depends on the horse and the situation. If theres a slim chance of a major spook id say it fine for a little while, but if I was in a busy area with a spooky horse id say its a good way to break tack. Now on a mule, they seem not to do anything that's going to hurt them and they arent know to be pullers, but even then I've seen a mule break a halter trying to graze off a highline. I think in that situstion youd have to worry more about breaking your tack than your horse.
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    11-16-2012, 01:54 PM
Green Broke
There is no question in my mind... I don't hard tie by the.reins ever. If there was some emergency and I had to I'm confident my horse would stay put but it would never be a habit of mine! I always tie with a halter. If I'm trail riding I always have a rope halter on as well. It's come in handy more then a few time! It take two second to loop it around their necks, much better then the physical and emotional trauma it will cause to your horse.

This is a case where natural horseman felt "attacked" by parelli following woman. It doesn't really matter who they are or what they do I just called them that so there can be some kind privacy.
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    11-16-2012, 02:04 PM
I don't ever tie them from the bit, it isn't hard to just use a halter. I would hate to see a horse with a messed up mouth.

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