View Full Version : Tying up ?
1st February 2010, 09:21 AM
My sister has been putting the rope through the metal ring and said he doesnt pull on it and if he does he goes back to the pressure to stop it.
Shall I try tying him up now? Just im worried he will panic etc but I will be there at all times anyway as he not safe to leave on his own yet.
Also I managed to brush his head, neck, chest, shoulders, back and to belly are all with no fuss now :D Did front legs but did move about alot but I managed to go all the way to the bottom in the end. Did try brushing again in teh afternoon but a mare walked passed so I was trying to get him in and he was kicking with front legs at me lol! Managed to get him in, in the end anyway. Cant wait for his operation which will be soon :p
1st February 2010, 10:42 AM
all the babies that arrive just get tied up from the start, its not something i fuss about.
If your worried about what he's like out of site then use a lunge line through the ring and hold the end out of site with a cup of tea and see what happens.
If not, just go ahead and tie him up and leave him for longer periods at a time….
My wild foal was tied up at a few weeks old and he faught it but not dangerously, more just tested it. ive never had major incidents when they first get tied up, they may pull about a bit but rarely enough to hurt themselves, they have to be really terrified for that and which if he knows about pressure allready he wont be.
Tarka the horse
1st February 2010, 12:05 PM
I've always used a lunge line through the rope and a hand on the end too Sarah :)
1st February 2010, 06:35 PM
the lunge line works well and is the best thing to try really, i would never tie him to metal baby horses panic often about pressure around their heads so he will nto give to it as an older horse would and its likely he would end up hurting himself
2nd February 2010, 09:35 AM
I wouldnt tie him to the metal ring I dont even do that with Jake and Beau. I would have string and a string cutter in hand just in case. I will give it a go tonight then as brushing is hard with him following me about all the time tugging my hood.
2nd February 2010, 10:25 AM
If he has already been taught to yield to pressure, he should be safe to tie. Use the lunge rope as suggested, but run it through one ring and tie it off at another along the wall, if possible, so that you can get him untied without being in the danger zone if he panics.
Remember that young horses need to be able to work things out for themselves, so don't be too keen to rush to his aid. He may pick up on that and it would just make it more difficult to teach him that he has to tie up.
2nd February 2010, 02:14 PM
ok thankyou will try this later.
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