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Every horse I've ever had trained, had been taught that if I drop the rope and walk off they're not to move.. at all. You can walk away and come back 2 hours later and the animal will still be there, same position.

I asked one of the trainers the steps and methods of teaching this, he jokingly said he'd give me one hint, and that is "Woah" Also, that it is fairly easy..

So how do you train yours to do this? I'm curious of peoples methods and such.
 

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Basically, I drop the lead rope, say "stand" and wait for him to move. When he moves, I back him up to where he was, say "stand" again, and wait. The acceptable amount of time for him to stand quietly before he gets a "good boy" and then we move around a little bit increases depending on how long we've been working on it.
 

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I teach hobbling. It is simple to teach, takes about 3 or 4 days before he is wearing hobbles and from then on I hobble him for brushing, for saddling , for everything except doing his feet.
He learns patients, he learns to stand with nothing on his head.
Every time I return from a ride he stands ground hitched at the back of my truck while I untack him. I carry my saddle.
He learns from doing. he learns patient from hobbling, he learns ground tieing from do it at the back of my truck, in the woods while I take a pee break.
I have left one of my guys 1 hour 20 minutes out in the open and he never moved.
For my young guy if I am clearing trail and walk too far away he is hobbled for both our safety.
 

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Wow, so many different ways to teach this... I've heard about 30, completely different replies so far. I guess everyone teaches their horses it for a possibly different reason.
 

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I train essentially the same way as justsambam08. I have also trained every horse I've ever had to ground tie. I always use it for saddling/grooming/feet trimming. My gelding Claymore seemed to already know how when I got him, I imagine that has something to do with him being used for driving. I personally wouldn't leave my horses unattended for any length of time ground tied, but have used it a lot when I used to give guided trail rides, I could hop off my horse and drop the reins, knowing he would stand there while I ran off down the line to attend to whatever needed attending. It's great for daily use and emergency situations, but I don't think my horses would be trustworthy with it for long periods of time, if I needed that I'd probably go with the hobbles.
 

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Huh, I don't really "teach" it. For me it's an extension of "whoa" and the attitude that if I'm working with him, he holds still until I say move.

Basically in the paddock while he's free I'll groom him, pick up his feet, etc and if he moves I stop him and say "whoa" and continue on with the routine. While untacking/tacking the same thing.

But with Soda I'm more concerned with standing tied so I haven't put a ton of effort into ground tying.
 

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Would any or all of you trust to leave your horse in the same spot for an hour or two, observed from afar where the animal cannot see you, them not move?
 

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There are a lot of ways, that's for sure.
I think it comes down to what ways work best for your horse.

That hint though? Whoa? It really works. ;)
My horses are taught that when I saw Whoa, I mean Whoa, and I mean Whoa like ten seconds ago. They stop, and they stay stopped until I give a cue to go forward.
When I'm teaching to ground tie, I'll tug on the lead line a few times and say Whoa. They already know what the word means. They move, I set them up again.
It's a magical word, that one.

However, I also agree with Rio and think every horse should learn to wear a pair of hobbles. Especially if they're impatient little brats. lol
 

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Would any or all of you trust to leave your horse in the same spot for an hour or two, observed from afar where the animal cannot see you, them not move?
LMAO
My gelding thinks that "If I can't see you, you can't see me." Therefore he also thinks that no rules apply then. Little ******. He'll get it, though.
 

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Would any or all of you trust to leave your horse in the same spot for an hour or two, observed from afar where the animal cannot see you, them not move?
I often left him standing in someones driveway or barnyard for 10 or 15 minutes unattended. I often left him standing in the barn yard while I went back in for something and once when I was about to ride out the vet arrived and asked if I would give him a hand. It ended up being 1 hour 20 minutes and he was out of my site. I was not worried.

My new young guy I hobble and I prefer hobbling the back feet. A horse can travel quit a distance with his front leg hobbled.
 

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I often left him standing in someones driveway or barnyard for 10 or 15 minutes unattended. I often left him standing in the barn yard while I went back in for something and once when I was about to ride out the vet arrived and asked if I would give him a hand. It ended up being 1 hour 20 minutes and he was out of my site. I was not worried.

My new young guy I hobble and I prefer hobbling the back feet. A horse can travel quit a distance with his front leg hobbled.
He has good discipline.
 

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Funny story...my quarter was PERFECT at ground tying, I never ever had a problem with her for years and years. One day on trail I dropped something, can't remember what it was, so got of to get it, put the reins down...ground tied right?

Well apparently she had a wild hair up her butt that day cuz she looked at me with this weird look in her eye then slowly started walking. I told her whoa and he whinnied and started to pronk and crowhop all the while looking at my as if to say "can't catch me, neener neener." She stop, I'd move towards her and just as I would put my hand out the grab the rains she'd squeal and bounce off again

From then on I never trusted that ANY horse was really ground tied ha ha. I was so mad at the time, but now I just look back at how playful and full of personality she was.
 

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Ground tying is a result of gaining control of the horses feet. Everything you ask a horse to do requires that control.

A horse that respects you will willing allow this--its the way things work naturally--leader says do this, follower says sure.

How to gain control of the feet is what training is all about. Hard to explain it other than if you want to learn how to ground tie, learn how to train.
 

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You want to teach patience, to stand quielty unrestraint? Teach hobbling. Takes 10 minutes a day for 3 days and your horse is ready to hobble.
 

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i trained my mare just like you train a dog to stay. i tell her stay & show her my hand. if she moves her feet at all she gets in trouble. shes really good about it now, but i dont think i would trust her for 2 hrs yet !
 

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Yes, hobbling and ground tieing are two things I plan of working with Walka on this year.

Thanks for the link RiosDad, very informative. I'm very excited to get started , and might be back to ask questions if needed.

I've been asking Walka to whoa and stand in the round pen after working him and he stands like a statue waiting for my next direction. I'm hoping that his focus on me will be a large help in teaching ground tieing and his trust in me will help with the hobbling. Fingers crossed! :)
 
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