I Had just picked up a young horse. 4yrs old. That needed to be started. We started with some ground work in the round pen and the horse was acctually doing pretty good. We sacked her out and did fine. We saddled her the first time and she buck like she was a veteran rodeo horse. She bucked again the second time, but not the third so she was doing ok. A trainer said that I should tie her head down to help get vertical flexion and to be soft to the bit. He said alot the cutting trainers do it and there is an article in the aqha journal about a ranch that does it tas well. He said it is safer for me cause if im on the horse and am asking for her to break at the pole he has seen horses flip over and really hurt or kill people before. So if you tie them down they can get the fliping over out of there system if they are going to flip over at all. The ranch gets rid of the ones that flip over to other ranches or people to put more time into.
So I tied her down and she fell down got up and fliped over backwards. Then she got up and did it again and broke her nose and started to bleed out of it. They she keep on hitting her head and we finally had to put her down. She had done to much damage to herself. We did everything we could to free her in time but it all happened so quickly and horroribly. Please tell me of other ways to get vertical flexion on a green horse in a safe way for both human and horse. I understand if any of you think I should be tied down and have my head beat in I deserve it.