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I'm interested in how ground tying is taught. I have not seen any training videos on it. Please tell how you have done it, or where I might find information about it.

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Comment by chase mcbay on May 9, 2009 at 4:30pm
ive had alot of success using hobbles. when u are done riding get off and hobble your horse....drop the reins do the ground and walk off...but never walk away in front of him...walk off to the rear so he doesnt see u....leave him a few minutes come back and pet him....then do it a little longer....come back and pet him...always drop your reins right in front of him where he sees u...and walk off to the rear.if u go on a trail ride, take hobbles with u and get off and hobble him for a bit.also...i train to stand when reins are down and to follow when the reins are on the neck...we coonhunt and sometimes need to leave the horse or need the horse to follow...so once u get him to where he knws to stand when the reins are down, start workin with him on followin u...hobble him with reins down...leave him ...come back and take the hobbles off and throw the reins on his neck and give a gentle tug on the rein then start walking....if stops or acts like hes gonna turn away, just reach up and give a little tug and cluck to him. ill practice these methods for 20 minutes or so a day and in 2 to 3 weeks they usually have the idea....oh yea and the first time or 2 that u hobble him...tie his head to a concrete block in front of him...not to tight but just so if he goes to jerk his head around it catches and he knws hes tied...that way when u get him trained and he sees u drop the reins in front of him...he thinks he is tied to the ground...hints the term, "groundtie"
Comment by katie reed on April 27, 2009 at 10:20am
hey joni, whenever i get on my horses, i always count to 10 (in my head) ha ha before i ever ask my horse to go anywhere. if im training a horse to stand still i teach the horse to bend their head around toward me, that disengages the hind quarters and if they try to move off, bend their head back around, and say whoa! when you are able to mount, and the horse is still- count to 10 or 15 (in your head) before you go anywhere, and do that everytime you get on. soon the horse will associate you getting on, with standing still instead of taking off. beieve it or not- horses can learn that if you count to 10 outloud, they learn that when you say 10- its time to go. fact: when they filmed old westerns, the horses would get anciey when they heard a word in the script that was right before the time to run. :) i hope this helps you and happy trails :)
Comment by Joni Jones on April 26, 2009 at 9:13am
Hey Adrienne could you please send me the article about ground tying. I have a mare who will not stand still when I get on. I am working on her this spring a lot to stop that bad habit.
Thanks a bunch
Joni Jones
Sparta, TN
Comment by Chuck and Barbara Stegall on April 21, 2009 at 12:31pm
i always started mine by taking them to the center of the round pen telling them whoa then dropping the line or the reins which ever i had on them at the time and walked off. if they followed or moved put them back in the same spot and start again after a few times they will learn
Comment by Adrienne Walsh on April 21, 2009 at 5:03am
One of my Trailrider magazines had an article about teaching how to ground tie. It was in the January/February issue and was written by Julie Goodnight. If you have access to a fax machine, I could copy it and fax it to you. If not, then you could send me your mailing address (privately) and I could mail it to you. Or you might could get a back copy of the magazine, I will check that option out for you also. I really like this magazine, it is full of good info for trailriders. I have only been able to find it at Tractor Supply, so I got a subscription.
Comment by Bertie on April 20, 2009 at 2:11pm
I taught one of my horses to ground tie (by accident really)--just by doing lots of stuff with him in the barn aisle while he was not tied. I put his halter and lead rope on him, then dropped the rope on the ground. I had to do chiropractic stretches with him daily, so he learned through the repetition of being handled in the aisle not tied, that he is supposed to just stand there and wait. Now he does it all the time--mostly. He may be enticed to start to wonder off by something edible or by wanting to visit w/ another horse, but if I am close I just tell him "Stand" and lift my hand up with a flat palm towards him and he knows that means "don't move".
Now I can groom him, saddle him, and bathe him all ground tied. I can also leave him in the ring if I forgot something and he will be right where I left him when I get back. He may be enticed by an edible object if left in a field though! Good luck.

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