<P>RANCH HORSE JOURNAL JUNE 2016 57 T THERE HAVE BEEN HUNDREDS OF TIMES THAT I HAVE HAD TO GET off my horse to grab a calf, fix a fence or just do something. I can jump off, drop my bridle reins and if I look back, my horse is just standing right there waiting for me. Having your horse ground tie when you drop your reins is handy when you need to doctor a sick cow and you dont have a tree or anything to tie your horse to. For me, thats where ground tying is very important. Its also a maneuver occasionally seen in versatility classes. Its just a really good skill for your horse to have. Start with a Tired Horse THERES A RIGHT TIME AND A wrong time to teach your horse to ground tie. The time to work on this skill is when youve ridden your horse quite a while and he is really tired. If you try to train your horse to ground tie when hes fresh, youre going to have nothing but bad luck. Your horse is going to want to go do something, and your attempts to ground tie are just not going to go well. Its really easy to teach a horse to ground tie, but on a fresh horse you just rode out to the middle of the arena, you arent going to get on very well at all. I start teaching my horses to ground tie as Im breaking them. I teach them to ground tie in front of the saddle rack after a ride, and Ill drop the reins. Theyre tired, so they will just stand there and I can unsaddle them. Then as they progress in their training, I can drop the reins at other points in the training session. They just learn to stand still. Tto tie. By AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major with Abigail Boatwright Photos by Abigail Boatwright Teach your horse to ground tie at the end of a good ride, when hes a bit tired and ready to stand still. 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