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post #11 of 12 Old 03-17-2015, 11:14 PM
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Is this a TB rescue by any chance? I ask only because they are notorious for this (as well as not standing at the mounting block). It is not because of the breed -- it is because at the track, they do pretty much everything fast. They're often mounted while practically moving and expected to go forward immediately. Grooming is perfunctory. Standing still is quite literally unheard of, being tied down is REALLY unheard of.

Obviously many horses of all breeds have this vice, I just know from my own TB that they can be shockingly 'untrained' for an animal that, say, could care less about a giant fan or motorbikes or flying hoses, but will melt down at the prospect of a shovel in an arena.

Overall, my point is -- it may help if you can kind of feel out the source of the distress (Is the horse just fussing? Is it genuinely befuddled and upset by being restrained? Is it sheer pig ugly stubborn?) you'll have a better shot at fixing it.
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-17-2015, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by WildAtHeart View Post
I have heard there are three things a horse needs to know in order to stand tied.

1) They must know how to stand still and relaxed, anywhere, anytime.
2) They must have a certain amount of desensitizing done, so they do not spook at everything.
3) They must give to halter pressure. So when they step forwards and the tie pulls on their halter they simply step back instead of freaking out.
Yes, they must be 100% on giving to pressure.
Many people think that their horses are, just leading them, but the great detailed info in John :Lyons's series, communicating with cues, book one, lets you elvaluate if your horse is truly at the point where he is ready to be tied solid
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