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My Horse Sets Back When Tied, PLzz HELP !! !!
Hi my name is BroncHalter and I have a 5 year old QH mare and she has a horrible problem with setting back when she is tied. she really only does it when she gets scared. She also has a problem with not wanting to be awaay from the other horses and I just dont know what to do, she paces back and forth paws and neighs which I can live AND would get better the more she stands IF she would quit setting back.She has broken numerous halter and the sad thing is she is a very promising young horse , so can anyone help me ??
well you can take her and tie her and leave her there for hours or one of my trainers had told me (my hores does this when you go to tighten his cinch every once in while because another girl used to let him get away wit it) to keep a crop in your back pocket and when she goes to set back give her a pop on her butt. this has worked for me and another girl but it may not be the right thing for your horse so i would try just leaving her tied and go about your normal routines
I just wanted to say she is a very pretty girl! :-)
Tie her with a rope halter and leadrope that will not break to something that will not break and then let her pull back. Stay close and be ready to cut her loose if she falls down and is choking. When I've had horses that pull back I wave my hat at them until they won't pull back anymore. Then I give them a pet on the head and go about my business with them.
You need to teach your horse to move away from pressure, something that's unnatural to them. If the horse moves away from pressure well and still sets back when tying, try tying way above his head so he cannot get much leverage. You could also buy a blocker tie ring, they're expensive (in my area) but they work. If the horse has nothing to pull against, he won't pull. There are also halters you can but that have spike-like things on the part that's on the poll that makes the horse uncomfortable when he leans on the halter.
Having a horse that is able to be ground tied is invaluable. Try to teach her that.
Another thing to do is try to see what it is that sets her off. Take the lead rope (while she isn't tied) and pull back, kind of simulate her hitting the end of the lead if she were tied, and she what she does. It's most likely that she gets scared when she feels that resistant pressure on her poll. It doesn't let up, and it makes her feel trapped (a horse's worst fear as a prey animal). She needs to respond to the pressure by moving forward, so you'll have to teach her that.
I had a mare a couple of years ago that was wonderful except..... When tied she would seem to forget she was tied and feel the rope and EXPLODE she broke several leads and snaps. I got her one of those bungee cord type lead/tie and never had another problem. This might not help you but it absolutely SOLVED my problem.
And I also wanna add, if you go the bungee tie route.... to be careful... cause if they go back full force, Ive seen many bungees ties break. And just imagine what happens when A bungee chord breaks.
Agreed with kevinshorses. My 3 year old filly developed a bad hauling back problem whenever she got spooked, and our barn wants us tying with binder twine so she finally exploded bad enough to break free and almost flip herself backwards.
I tightened up her rope halter so it fit nice and snug, took her outside and tied her high to a nice tree with a tiny bit of give to it. Tying them high is crucial because it puts less strain on their neck and gives them a LOT less to pull against - pulling straight back from an angled rope cuts their power in half.
I brought out a saddle blanket and sacked her out all over, delibrately putting her into a spook and then stepping out of her space when she hauled back and letting her figure it out. She only hauled back, fought like hell, and leaped forward twice before starting to figure it wasn't getting her anywhere. I gently kept sacking her out, and even though she spooked a couple more times, she would not put tension in the rope.
She has been a miracle to tie ever since - heck, the other day a horse got loose and went after her when she was tied and even as she was getting a boot to the side, she STILL would not put tension in that rope! I kind of wish she had in an instance like that, but that's a well trained horse for you. :lol:
If using a rope halter, you absolutely MUST be present and you must have a knife on you just in case anything goes wrong. Using unbreakable material is the only way to cure it, but it's also a good way to kill your horse depending how hard they fight and how hard they get themselves hung up. Good luck!
I agree 100% with this. Everything she gets loose by braking something you are teaching her to pull back when she gets scared b/c she can get loose and run away from what is scaring her. Tie her and let her work it out.
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