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Gill Bridgeman
Username: Gillb

Post Number: 64
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, Dec 31, 2004 - 5:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a 19 month old filly who gets very impatient when tied and will not stand still. She is good to put the headcollar on and lead, but paces around when tied and paws at the ground. She stops when I'm with her and grooming etc, but once I walk away from her she starts again. It doesn't matter if I'm within sight or not she still reacts the same.

I sometimes tie her up when she's feeding and she's fine while eating, but once she's finished she gets impatient.

Any suggestions?
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Christos Axis
Username: Christos

Post Number: 565
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, Jan 1, 2005 - 1:17 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

That's normal, Gill. Why should she stand still when you're not working with her?
Just because it's silly to pace around and make noise? She'll need a little time to figure that out.
Just make sure that you absolutely ignore her when tied, unless she's in danger.
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Alden Chamberlain
Username: Alden

Post Number: 149
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, Jan 1, 2005 - 8:32 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Very normal Gill,

I tie my young horses high, I prefer to have a high line tied between two trees and a drop line in the middle. I want enough space between the trees so the horse can turn complete circles with plenty of clearance and the high line should be several feet above their head. The drop line should be just long enough that the horse can stand relaxed but not reach the ground or lay down.

They often really throw a fit at first, but after many sessions they figure it out. Tied like this it is more difficult for a horse to hurt themselves than tied low. I work mine until they stand quite for 8 hours or more because we camp and they need to stand all night tied.

At first I stay close by to reward them for any quite time, after a few weeks I'll work them up to several hours without contact.

Good day,
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 11835
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 - 3:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

We have an article on training horses to tie at Training Horses Training Your Horse's Mind Halter Training and Tying Horses.
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Kim Glaza
Username: Kckohles

Post Number: 38
Registered: 7-2000
Posted on Friday, Jan 14, 2005 - 12:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


Alden's idea is great. Don't be afraid to let your horse work at a little bit, this tying thing is hard for them but it will really make a difference in the long run if the horse learns to "turn loose" and fall asleep. Don't untie the horse if she is fussing just leave her there and only untie her if she is quiet. It might take hours for her to let down, but let her work at it. Ray Hunt always says that when we were at school the teacher gave us time to figure things out. I don't know if you have ever heard of him or seen him ride but his horses are the best I have ever witnessed. He will sit horseback while he teaches a clinic and his horse is right there under him fast asleep until the very moment he wants to go somewhere and then the are ready like he has been warming them up for ten minutes. Teaching a horse some patience is really a great idea.

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