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post #1 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Saddled and tied horse...

An experienced horse friend told me that if I am unable to ride my horse regularly for some reason, it would be a good idea if I could saddle and bridle him, and leave him safely tied for an hour or so. I have some recurring back issues and sometimes don't feel like riding. However, I don't want Sonny to get used to life without a saddle! My friend says that this is obviously not as good as riding the horse, but it's better than nothing. Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 10:00 AM
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I don't think it will hurt him to stand tied patently, but it isn't a substitute for riding.
I don't know what your capabilities are, but I think it would be more beneficial to do ground work with him saddled, or round pen him. You could also just walk him around the neighborhood on lead to get him out of the barn.
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Honestly, I'd lunge instead.
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 12:53 PM
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If you DO decide to do that, know that being saddled won't keep him from being full of himself or forgetting things when you do ride, so you must be patient. Also, if you bridle him while he's standing, put an oversized halter over or under the bridle and tie him with that and a lead rope, NEVER his reins. Make sure if he were to pull back, it isn't going to snag or pull at his bit in any way, also.

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I can't see the benefit to this in any way. Lunging yes. But if horse is broke and safe, wouldn't even mess with that to be honest.
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I would just continue to work with him as much as you can without riding. Tying for an hour with a saddle isn't going to teach him anything. Grooming, leading, tacking and untacking, leading with someone else in the saddle -- all these will keep the teachings of respect. Tying him up and ignoring him does nothing if he already ties well, IMO.
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If the horse has issues with patience, or is unruly when tied or perhaps herd bound to another horse I would see the point. But as a substitute for riding, I don't really understand it. I would take him for a walk if you can or learn how to lunge him.
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post #8 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 05:43 PM
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Disregard your friend's advice. Why not just spend some time with your horse ie grab a comfy chair and a magazine or book and just hang out. Absolutely ignore him. He may ignore you or he may come and stand guard or he may want to check you out. If you have to, move your chair away if you feel crowded but just resume reading. A horse knows when a person is thinking about it so reading provides a distraction. We think about getting to know the horse but we also need to let the horse get to know us.
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I've been told to do this with my YOUNG horse, because he was just saddle broke and it is supposed to teach him patience. For example on a day I don't plan to ride but I am out there working, I should l saddle and tie him and let him stand while I supervise at a distance mucking stalls or something.

Honestly, I have only done it a couple of times. What I usually end up doing if I want a little horse fix and don't ride due to time or weather is just take him out and groom him and check his feet. He still stands tied at the tie rail and he still has to be patient and well behaved for grooming and hoof picking. So that's what I do. And I still might leave him tied while I muck or do other things. But I am a bit lazy to saddle a horse if I'm not riding him.

With an older horse I don't think "patience tying" is necessary.....at least for my guys.
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What kind of horse is this, OP? Is he well broke and has been ridden for years? Were you warned when you bought him that he was "cold backed"?

Only reason I ask is that this method has it's place on young horses. If you do it right, it can really help to make them progress in their training, but on an older, broke horse, it serves no purpose.

As a new rider, you should have a horse that you should be able to saddle after several months off and ride right off without a single issue. If you can't do that with your horse, then he's likely not a good enough horse to be suitable for a new rider/owner.

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