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post #1 of 15 Old 07-07-2008, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Twister has been tossing his head...

Twister has been tossing his head. I'd like to put a tie down on him. Does anyone have a suggestion of a good one? How about a homemade one? He's just started doing this and I'm gonna try to nip it in the bud but I may end up trying a tie down to back me up. What do ya'all think?

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-08-2008, 12:12 AM
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it's not a tie down, but i have a standing martingale for sale.

I believe, if you wanted to, you could not use the thing that goes around the neck.
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-08-2008, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Appy. I think I'm gonna try to make a "makeshift" tie down for him... I don't know for sure. I believe we are gonna ride tomorrow and I'll see how it goes. He submits to nose pressure really well so I think I can just whip together and aide and maybe take it back off. This is new for him (tossing) He just has been Xtra fresh for us lately...guess we're doing a good job keeping him healthy!

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Try making out of stiff, like double ply 1/4" rope, similar to that of rope halters, or one out of 1/2" rope. :) Just make a big loop roughly the size of where you want i ton the horse with about an extra inch added for comfort when he's good.with a ring knotted and tied at one side and just tie a long rope piece from one side of the nose band and loop it over his poll and then just tie it as tight as you need it highered on the other side, snip and burn it and tada! :) then you just need a tiedown piece, which could just be nothing but a piece of rope or binder twine between the nose and cinch at your preferred length
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Woah hang on a sec there. Before you go using that .......since you said hes just recently started doing it..... i would suggest getting a vet to check in his ears and possibly even his nose, and to have his teeth looked at.

also what season is it were you are? your horse may have allergys to somthing ....kinda like how people get hayfever.

simply tieing his head wont solve the problem it will merely cover it up.
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-08-2008, 07:38 AM
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I agree with Bitless, if he just started doing it recently may be something is wrong? Can the bit bothers him somehow (sometime when the bit wears out it has sharp edges)?



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Woah hang on a sec there. Before you go using that .......since you said hes just recently started doing it..... i would suggest getting a vet to check in his ears and possibly even his nose, and to have his teeth looked at.

also what season is it were you are? your horse may have allergys to somthing ....kinda like how people get hayfever.

simply tieing his head wont solve the problem it will merely cover it up.
Totally agree!! It could be a bit of headshaking, if it is that, then you can nose nets that attatch onto the noseband that help a horse that headshakes. I agree with Bitless, I would get him checked over, he's probably trying to tell you something and simply tieing his head down won't solve it.

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Thanks for the *wait a minute check him out* warnings! He is doing it with my daughters on board. When someone that is better with the reins is aboard he doesn't do it. He's testing the girls and since Korrie got thrown off of him she is lacking the confidence to get after him. I was just trying to get my girls back in the saddle and get Twister to behave a bit better. He can really be a naughty johnny at times, one of those too smart for his own good horses sometimes.

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-08-2008, 12:30 PM
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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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Hmm, I think, rather than him 'taking the pee' with less confident riders, it sounds like he appreciates a rider with soft and independant hands. He sounds like he is a sensitive horse and I don't think "getting after" him is what he needs. But, I don't know Twister But I really don't believe that horses test you, they do, in the sense that they are trying to tell you something, but too many people take that as the horse being naughty. Has he suddenly started doing it?

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