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    11-16-2012, 02:13 PM
Tiny that was Hollywood b.s. Most real working cowboys I knew as a kid could just dismount and walk away from the horse and it stayed put. That sure impresses a horse crazy kid. When it comes to horse I suspect it was horsement to created Murphy's Law. Tie a horse with it's reins, only once, in a pinch and sure enough something dreadful will show up and scare the bejesus out of the horse.
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    11-16-2012, 02:22 PM
Green Broke
I'm a halter and lead rope person - Too much potential for damage to horse and bridle if that's used to tie. And now that I think about it, I'm giving serious consideration to teaching my horses to ground tie.
    11-16-2012, 05:23 PM
I'll loop my reins over a rail if I have to for a few minutes to get something or whatnot, but I never hard tie with a bridle.. a.) I don't want to hurt my horse B.) like said above reins are spendy, and I prefer to keep them intact..

If its anything over a few minutes my girls would figure out they werent hard tied and take advantage of the situation:)
    11-16-2012, 05:33 PM
Never ever tie up from the bit...just asking for a mess!
    11-16-2012, 06:46 PM
Green Broke
On trails I always have a halter and leadrope.

At home I sometimes only take a bridle out to the paddock and a couple of times over the years I have had to quickly run inside without the horse obviously. Those times I just chucked the reins over the fence to give the horse the impression it was tied, I have never actually tied them up with the reins. I have seen too many horses get injured from pulling back with just a halter let alone a bit in their mouth as well.
    11-16-2012, 07:01 PM
Three very good reasons to not tie up by the bridle - the bit could seriously injure the horse's mouth, the cheekpiece buckle could injure the horse's eye and bridles and reins are a lot more expensive to replace!

Originally Posted by Elana    
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.
Brock ground ties - very handy! He broke the baling twine when he got a fright from a float driving by the other day. The momentum took him a few steps then he just stood. I just led him back to the fence and as there was no twine loop anymore I just lay the leadrope over the fence. He stood there while I washed him, picked his feet out, cleaned his sheath and generally fiddled round with him for 20 mins. He continued to stand even when I was tidying stuff up and Star was running around playing. As soon as I unclipped the lead he knew he had permission to go where he wanted. Also helps when he throws me off - no fun having to run after a horse when you're all battered and bruised! Lol.
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    11-16-2012, 07:13 PM
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Just to clarify, I never tie by bit/reins.
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    11-16-2012, 07:23 PM
I guess I'm the odd man out. I do tie with reins but only in certain situations and I never tie hard, I just loop the rein and call it good. It wouldn't hold a horse that wanted to get loose, but it will keep a broke horse from wandering off in search of feed if I have to leave him for an extended period of time. Also, it depends greatly on the horse and the location. I tend not to do it with young horses or horses that are prone to pulling even a little bit.
    11-16-2012, 07:44 PM
I don't hard tie but I'll maybe wrap it to where it doesn't slip right off but if the horse pulls it does come off easily enough

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