<P>58 JUNE 2016 RANCH HORSE JOURNAL comfortable standing there. Sometimes, a horse will get hot even with hobbles and theyll just try to lope off while wearing them. If your horse does want to walk off in the hobbles, or if the horse has been taught how to run off from ground tying, and youre worried your horse wont ground tie, I would use a halter and tie a 20- to 30-foot lariat rope to the end of your lead rope so the horse cant run completely off. If they ever learn to leave you, then its really tough to teach them to stay. But every horse should learn how to ground tie. Dont ground tie with attached roping reins or a romal – its a huge safety risk. I would use split reins, and if Im worried about my horse, Id definitely put him in a halter. If your horse steps on the bridle reins, it will hurt his mouth and break your bridle reins and headstall. Its just not good at all. The Training Process WHEN I STOP MY HORSE FOR GROUND TYING, I TRY TO GET ALL four legs square underneath him like a halter horse. If hes squared up, hes not as apt to move, as opposed to having one front leg forward and a back leg forward. When the legs are split, its natural for him to take another step to even out. When all four legs are already straight underneath, he will have to make more of an effort to take that step. When youre teaching a horse to ground tie, dont walk If its a cold or windy day, or youre around a lot of other horses, people or distractions, think twice about trying to teach your horse to ground tie at that time. Youll need to make sure your horse is really tired, or you might want to pick a different location. If youve got a lot of activity around, youre not going to be able to keep your horses attention. Its natural for your horse to want to come to you if hes surrounded by distractions. Id opt not to practice it on that day, especially if youre just starting to teach your horse to ground tie. You want your train- ing session to be a success, not a failure. Be Mindful MY DAUGHTER WAS SO PROUD WHEN SHE TAUGHT ONE OF MY mares how to follow her without a bridle. I hadnt really taught the mare to ground tie, but I had taught her at one time. So I ground tied the mare at a show and I went to walking off, but she trotted up right behind me. It was kind of funny, but I would recommend not teaching your horse to follow you until you have taught him the word Whoa. This process Im about to explain is what I do with every one of my horses. However, if I get one that really just can- not stand still, one that goes completely psycho when they realize they are standing in the middle of the arena by themselves, I will usually hobble that horse. All my horses know how to hobble, so if I need to, I will hobble a horse while it learns to ground tie because it helps them get Start by walking away from your horses shoulder, and make your way around to his head.</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> 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