I think it is hard to judge whether this method is right or wrong. Any method in the wrong hands can be wrong. Any method with the wrong horse can be wrong. If someone takes a green horse, ties it up with ropes and leaves it, I wouldn't call that a good training method. A horse could easily flip over or hurt its neck. I don't like over flexing a horse for to wrong, it will often teach them to brace against it-if the method isn't being used properly. This method should not be used to make a horse give in to dominance or used to impede the horse from showing signs that something in their training isn't right-eg. bucking or rearing. That would be a shortcut. With the wrong horse, this method could end in a disaster and even more so with the wrong person doing it. For people who know what they are doing, understand the horse they are training, and know the outcomes of such a method then it isn't wrong. If some inexperience person watched a training video that said to use this method and they went and tried it on their horse, then it would be wrong. I think this does help the horse understand giving to pressure but I don't think the rope should be too tight. There must also be some way of the system braking under force because a horse could hurt itself.
This method isn't a method of training a horse to communicate with it's rider. This method is merely teaching a horse to give to pressure. Personally, I wouldn't use this method because I like being more involved. I wouldn't leave a horse tied up in a round pen...ever. I think that if you use this method, you should be with the horse. My version of this method would have me controlling the 'system' at the other end of the rope. I also really like ground driving. I hate using ropes to tie horses. I wouldn't use this method because I don't think that forcing 'give' brings a willing and obedient horse. You have to respect the horse. Respect isn't one way. You may get results but those results a the horse unwillingly submitting.
This method should not be used as a time saver. Actually the tying the head to the tail and leaving it method shouldn't be used. The method that is o.k. is the method that teaches the horse to give to pressure with the trainer doing the training. Even if the trainer is doing the training, using the horse to teach itself can be a method in the training. It should not be done for long periods of time, the horse doesn't need to be tied up for 2 hours to be taught to give to pressure. If it takes that long, then that is not a good method. For this to be a good method it has to be part of the training with the trainer.
Last edited by SPhorsemanship; 03-31-2011 at 04:57 PM.