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post #1 of 35 Old 03-10-2010, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Your thought about a tie down

I was just curious what your thoughts were when it comes to tie downs. I was wondering if it can cause knots in their neck and since you can adjust them when do you know when it's too much and not enough.

I have heard some bad things about them because the horse can become dependent on them.


Does anyone use them?
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post #2 of 35 Old 03-10-2010, 02:33 PM
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I don't use them, though I probably should at times. But I'm scared that If my horse throws his head up he might damage his neck or nose.

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Gidget, the ideal length of a tie down is to have your horse standing with his head at his natural height, and push it up into his throatlatch... The tie down should be loose enough to conform to the whole underside of his neck and still have a little slack.

Some horses do better with them, some horses don't. It's all just trial and error.

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Tiedowns are blankets used to cover bad horsemanship in most cases. 90% of the people that use tiedowns wouldn't need them if they knew how to ride and their horse was properly trained. This topic has been beat to death but it's been a while since we have had a good debate about it . Below is a link to a thread that went on for a while.


Tie downs and such

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thanks. My horse gets mad if I ask her to do something. I used one and it seemed to help. I took it off and she didnt seem to have such an issue with her head flinging side to side. She was like this since before I brought her home. I was just curious on what people thought.

Kevin,you seem like a real horse man/cowboy sorta guy. What do you think of martingales? People have mentioned those to me before.

I used some spurs on her to see how she did and she listened to me and I didn't feel like I had to kick her guts out....just rolled them. I also have a crop and an under and over...I believe that is what it's called.

I'll have to make a video if I actually remember to get my camera out and start making one!
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Agreed 100% with Kevin, train your horse to accept the bit and your commands or figure out the physical causes of his head tossing. If he is tossing enough to hurt himself you need to figure out why he is doing it instead of using a patch to cover up the problem.

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oh and if I mess around with speed barrels or whatever I feel like practicing she doesn't toss her head untill she is ready to head back to the gate....any idea why she does that? I personally think she is competitive but I was wondering if there is any way I can fix this.
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thanks. My horse gets mad if I ask her to do something. I used one and it seemed to help.

Kevin,you seem like a real horse man/cowboy sorta guy. What do you think of martingales?

I'll have to make a video if I actually remember to get my camera out and start making one!
If you feel you need all that stuff to make her listen you need a trainer. And I am sorry but the bolded line is just plain ignorance in type.

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Agreed 100% with Kevin, train your horse to accept the bit and your commands or figure out the physical causes of his head tossing. If he is tossing enough to hurt himself you need to figure out why he is doing it instead of using a patch to cover up the problem.

She has no problems with the bit. I keep my reins loose..they are gaming reins. She is sensitive to movement but sometimes will be very stubborn.
I worked with flexing last night and I lunged her and waved to her to come to me and she has been doing AWESOME. She use to buck and rear but seems to be more respectful. It's just when she runs and in the beginning of a trot.
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If you feel you need all that stuff to make her listen you need a trainer. And I am sorry but the bolded line is just plain ignorance in type.

Honeysuga, I am NEW to horses. I'm a beginner and I am working on getting to know my horse. I may sound ignorant but I am trying to LEARN.
I hate it when people give beginners a bunch of crap because they are still learning. I am learning from a lot of people and I like to ask a lot of questions. I am getting lessons this summer from a gal I met that is a coach on a equestrian team.
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