Yeah - ok you guys are starting to head for left field.
This is a young horse being a brat - testing her boundries, and temporarily getting away with stuff - causing her to push harder in that direction. She does very much like to test people and push buttons. She is also too smart for her own good, she is arab.
While I am sure that there are other trainers out there who would do something different, this is not a complicated issue. She knows how to be tied. She has been tied before, and left alone- and was fine, she gets tied for my daughter all the time - and is fine, she just picked up a bad habit when it is me.
It won't hurt her to to spend some hours on the rail of woe. It will teach her that tied means tied, no matter what. It will teach her patience. If I had the opportunity she would spend a couple five or six hour days on he rail of woe - but I just don't have the time to sit at the stable and stare at her that long.
Periodically, my wonderful gelding forgets his manners (he does not stand still while being ground tied) and he gets to spend an hour or two on the rail of woe. (He did so last month actually)
Normal procedues for when my daughter works her is that she is groomed tied to a post in the paddock (where hair doesn't have to be cleaned up), then brought into the main barn and worked, mostly at liberty, concentrating lots of holding her feet up with a cotton rope - while at liberty. Also some lunging and starting to ground drive.
Normal procedure for when I woudl work the filly - grab both horses out of the paddock and brign into barn. My horse gets ground tied while the filly goes on half the cross tie. I fully groom my horse and saddle him up while she does "whatever". Take two or three minutes to run a brush over her main body. Mount up, dally the filly to my saddle and head on out!
My daughter does not have the same tying issues that I do with the filly. Funny that...
I forgot to mention. My daughter can lead the filly all over with a rope looped over either front pasturn. Here is where she learned that from : oops - video is no longer on youtube, how annoying. It was from a different thread about how to lay down a horse - but one of the interm steps was the guy leading the horse all over the arena by one leg.
Last edited by yadlim; 05-16-2012 at 04:44 PM.
Reason: forgot something