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dinglehead 03-28-2008 03:38 PM

setting back when tied
I have a 3 1/2 yr old quarter horse mare and she won't tie she's always been good before but about a month ago she snapped the crossties when she spooked at something and ever since then if she doesn't want to do something she flies back . the last couple of days I tied her to a tree and she compleatly flipped out she was TICKED and she let me know it thrashing about for 2 hours I know she's not claustraphobic cause she's normally fine but now her poll is really bruised so I don't know what I should do know should I contiue tying her for a couple of hours a day of shorten the time (she's not pulling now) and how long should I continue this even though she's not pulling her whole posture is saying If i really wanted to I could get away so I know she still needs to be tied btw I'm using one of the control halters from country supply thanks
sorry I was rambly

Abby 03-28-2008 03:41 PM

Could I see a picture of the halter?

dinglehead 03-28-2008 04:09 PM

how do I post a picture

Abby 03-28-2008 04:11 PM

AKPaintLover 03-28-2008 04:28 PM

I would continue to tie her, but maybe for shorter time periods, so if you get 10 minutes out of her standing quiet. untie her, walk her around, give her some treats, do something fun, ride, etc., then put her away. Get her out again a bit later and try for 12 minutes of standing quiet. Try to do it a couple of times a day, slowly increasing standing time...some time by herself, some time with you grooming her, every once in a while give her some pats or a treat.

Make sure your equipment is good and wont break if she begins to pull, also make sure you are in a position to get out of the way safely.

I think you should spend a lot of time with her tied, but not all at once, especially if she is bruising herself. Just try to break it up.

Once you get that down, you might also want to work in cross ties some also.

My tactics with my guy are a bit different, but not knowing your girl and her thresholds, I would not necessarily recommend trying it. I wrap my guy's lead around the post about two times and then hold the loose end. I then flap around a bit, and if he is in the mood (which is the only time I have to work on it), he spooks a bit). If he just throws his head but stops at the pressure, great, lots of pats and love, and calm right down, if he pulls to where my grip is pulled, I let go of the rope, and re-grab it once it is pulled loose, and then drive him back into open space, and then circle him until he is breathing hard. I had to do that about three time in a row, and then the fourth time that I spooked him, he just threw his head up, but stopped at the pressure. That works for me and that particular horse - don't try it if it doesn't make sense for you or your horse. :)

good luck :)

mlkarel2010 03-28-2008 06:34 PM

I'm in love with the blocker tie ring!!! I saw clinton anderson's show about it and their own stuff..... check it out

if you have any questions ask....

edit: it didn't have as many things on it as it used to so here are a few more sites explaining it

this isn't the same thing, but is similar and explains it (the best part is at the end):

here's what clinton anderson has to say:

i'll try to find more

dinglehead 03-28-2008 08:57 PM

yes that is the halter I use i'm using that and tying directly to it not using snaps. it seems to have worked today I tied her then brushed her and then brushed my other horse then rode them both with my neighbor she didn't pull but I think she's just waiting until her poll heals from the bruising.

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