Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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The horse has learned to halter pull, and rewards himself by getting free.
As you found out, it takes a horse like this, less and less of an excuse to set back.
You bet I tie such a horse, and with a body rope. It is a vise I won't accept, and I will go for the 'cure'
NEVER use cross ties on a horse that is not 100% on accepting to be tied solid
At his age, I'm gonna assume he is not a horse never taught how to give to pressure, but rather a horse that has learned he can resist
Yes, ona young horse, that is still learning how to give to pressure, I will make sure they are very good at giving to pressure, before I ever tie them solid, but that does not apply to a spoiled horse that has learned he can halter pull and break free
As you noticed, it is taking less to have him find a reason to halter pull. He has learned to use it to his advantage
He would get a lesson with the body rope, were he my horse, but I don't recommend you use it, if not experienced, but get help in using and setting it up correctly
We try to train horses so that we can be as gentle as possible with then, through physicological conditioning, having them convinced that a simple lead shank and halter can control them. Once they call our 'bluff', learn they can pull away when led, or halter pull when tied, you have to use whatever it takes, so when they try that vise, they are unsuccessful and it has some negative consequences, making it the 'wrong thing hard'