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Before we get started on how to teach your horse to tie, make sure you have these things. A good tied halter. A good lead rope, at least 14ft long. I use a lead that is 22ft long for this skill cause it’s safer. It’s harder to work with but I think it’s better. A safe place to work on this skill. Don’t tie your horse to anything that you think may break or come out of the ground. And last, get someone to help you. If you are not sure about how to do this, DON’T DO THIS. Find someone in your area that knows how to teach this skill or email or call and I will walk you thru it.
Here’s what I do. There are lots of ways to teach this skill but this is the safest way I know and it works.
Take your horse to the rail. Here on the ranch our pens are made of 2in steel pipe welded together and stuck deep in the ground. Take your horse to the rail and lead him up to it. I have a couple of different devices that I use when doing this. You can find them on line. I think the ones I use are call the tie blocker and the other is the tie ring. If you are really interested email me and I will send you the link to the ones I use. Run your lead thru the device. But your saying I don’t have one of those and I don’t want to buy one. No big deal. You can do the same thing without them.
With your lead rope wrap the lead around the rail where it run horizontal across between to of the upright post. I usually will only wrap it two full times around the pipe. Then try to get your horse to pull back. When he does he will be able to pull the rope around the rail or thru the device. Once he gets say 10ft from the rail they will usually stop. If they don’t you should have hold of the end of the lead or as it comes off the rail you should be able to catch it. Do that a few times. If he keeps going further past the end of the lead, take another wrap around the rail. The more wraps the harder it will be for the horse to pull back. Each time he will pull less and less until you won’t be able to get him to pull back.
See it’s a lot of work for a horse to pull back and it won’t be long before he figures that out and stop. Leave your horse tied to the rail just like this. Walk away but keep your eye on your horse. Get a lawn chair and just watch him. If he pulls back and gets to the end of the lead, just lead him back and start again. He will figure it out soon enough..
Stay safe when doing this. It’s not worth getting hurt over. If you don’t have the heart for it, get someone, who knows what their doing, to help you..
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