Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Hi Dumas. The tie down is not a training device, it is used to help a horse balance himself at speed events. You'll only see a trained horse using it on barrels, roping, or other rodeo events.
You may need to work your horse on a lunge line with your girls for a while until they can correct the problem or at least, you can. Using a tie down will only let him find a different outlet for his behavior. It has to come from training.
The answer may be a different horse for your kids if that is possible. Sometimes they need a confidence builder rather then always wondering if their mount is going to act up - which in turns causes tension and it is transmitted to the horse and you end up with a self fulfilling prophesy.
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