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Username: maggienm

Post Number: 782
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 - 11:53 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a friend who routinely ties her horse to an inner tube which is securely attached to a post.
She does this so when her horse pulls back it doesn't get a hard jar.
Her idea is the hard jar could be damageing to her horses neck.

If this method is done from the time the horse is young would they learn to accept being tied to something solid?

If introduced to an older horse that has an established habit of pulling back is there a potential problem that could happen? The tube breaking of course would be one thing?

Ideas or thoughts on this?
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Username: lilo

Post Number: 923
Registered: 4-2000
Posted on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 - 1:37 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lori - I have heard about this. Also, some bungee type ties were popular at one time. I think the problem is that when the horse pulls back, the pressure on the halter increases (and, in the extreme bungees or inner tubes may break and injure the horse). Therefore I have bought some Blocker Tie rings (promoted by Clinton Anderson, who demonstrates how to train a horse to them).

I have done some of the training with my gelding and he responded well. This is what I plan to use at the trailer from now on. A horse can pull back but when it stops moving backwards, there is no tension on the rope. I would not leave a tied horse totally unsupervised.

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Linda Lashley
Username: lhenning

Post Number: 471
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 - 2:06 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Just as Lilo mentions, I used a bungie to tie my horse. One day, he spooked and pulled back hard. The bungie stretched about 15 feet, then snapped. I was worried he might be hurt, but did not seem to be. However, he has never pulled back again (two years ago). I DO NOT recommend this idea. I was merely tying the way our boarding barn was tying their horses as they had these bungies hanging all around the arena. I think my horse could have been severely injured and we were lucky. I also think an inner tube would have a far stronger snap than a bungie and could be even more dangerous.

I like the Blocker Tie Ring too. Otherwise, ropes with quick release clips work well.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 21522
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 - 6:59 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lori, you will find a description of the inner tube technique and several others in the article associated with this forum.
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