Tied or not?
Yesterday was a little windy and a bit cold for me, so I gave the horses the day off and worked on some other things that needed to get done around here. But, to tell ya the truth, it was too &^%$$%^ cold around here for that too.
If you take a quick look at the picture above you may think that these horses were tied to the rail. But, look again! Their not. These three horses have spent time in my program. A big part of that program is tying my horses to the rail and letting them stand. I have had some who felt that this type of training was un-necessary and cruel. One out fit that I work for in AZ. told me that he did not want me tying any of his horses, he had 24, to the rail, ever. This after seeing my horses, I had 3, tied to the rail after having been ridden.
Can you get by without teaching your horse to tie to the rail? Good question! The answer is yes. The problem with not teaching your horse this skill is, if you ever have to tie your horse to anything, even for just a minute, and he does not have this skill, you are setting him up to either get himself hurt, or get you hurt you.
I remember working with a couple that live here on the ranch and we had just come back from a ride. We were at their place and were unsaddling our horses when the man of the house tied his horse to the rail and started to unsaddle. I don’t know what happened but the horse spooked and tried to pull back on the lead rope. Of course the horse was tied hard and fast, a thing I never do when saddling or un saddling a horse. Well, the horse knocked the man to the ground and put a knot on his head. He was not hurt bad but, if he had taught his horse to stand tied this probably would have never happen.
Remember there are lots of ways to train a horse. Some good, some not so good. You have to decide what works best for you. But do yourself a favor and think hard about teaching your horse to stand quietly and wait for you. It will have huge benefits down the trail.
Teaching a horse to tie is not a hard thing and, if you look at the picture, what’s the difference between what they are doing on their own and what they do when “I” tie them to the rail? Nothing. The only difference is, when I tie them to the rail they are standing there for me. And they know the difference.
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