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Username: Maggienm

Post Number: 98
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, Dec 5, 2005 - 10:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Has anyone ever used something called a 'tie ring'?
It is used with horses that pull back. How does it work?
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Holly Wood
Username: Hwood

Post Number: 885
Registered: 3-2001
Posted on Monday, Dec 5, 2005 - 11:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lori, you can find more info at and at Clinton Anderson's Downunder Horsemanship site. It is called the Blocker Tie Ring and was invented by Ted Blocker, a FQH person in OR.
The tie ring works by letting the lead rope (long, smooth, round-woven nylon is best) slip through the ring under enough tension so the horse can back up slowly, but doesn't let the rope pull all the way through so the horse can get loose. A horse panics when he feels caught . . . and he will fight to get free. With the tie ring, the horse doesn't feel caught. It allows the horse to move backward, so doesn't risk injury to the vertebra, and lets the horse think and calm down without allowing him to break loose and train himself to pull more.
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