I actually ride my horse with one of the knotted rope halters with rings on the sides. There aren’t very many places that sell the ones with rings, so you might have to look a lot or go to the link in the article.
I have a horse that panics when she is put into the wash area with cross ties. I finally resorted to a breakaway halter, which she snapped the very first time she threw herself backward. I am not sure this was the best approach, as it may have tought her just what I didn’t want to teach her – she could get away if she threw her fit. What do you think?
New horse owner
Hi New Horse Owner
There are a million ways to train a horse, so my comments are my own opinion, of course. Certainly you need to go back to a few basics and teach her to give to pressure. See the portion of this blog that discusses Pressure and other training techniques. It’s useful in a myriad of ways and is really needed.
If you must to take a short cut, she might spend time “talking to the post”, which involves tieing her to a post (high up on the post) in a safe area until she is totally relaxed about tieing. She may throw herseslf all over the place before she relents. But if she is in a nice sandy round pen or arena, tied to a post that has no dangerous obsticles around it, she will not get hurt. Then take her to another location with a sturdy post and use the same procedure. Then take her to the wash area and repeat.
My personal preference is to use a nose-knotted rope halter. Just be sure it is well-tied so she can’t work the halter loose and escape it. You can be sure that she will work harder to escape it than she would have before she experienced freedom from the breakaway. But horses are inherrently lazy and don’t want to work up a sweat most of the time, so she will give to the pressure eventually.
Under no circumstances should you try the post idea if you are not committed to it. She must give. You cannot “rescue her” or your whole session will teach her more bad habits. Remember that a horse learns 24/7. Every time you interact with her, she learns somethihg. Make sure it is good.
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