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Like this: (front leg ONLY) I will say I've used this before. It's great at ...
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    Tying a horse's leg up

    Like this: (front leg ONLY)




    I will say I've used this before. It's great at "humbling" the hard head..


    Who has used this technique? Did you get the outcome you wanted?

    Who would NEVER use this technique? Why not?

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    Someone did this to my mom's first horse, now go back like 35 years, (he was a 6 year old just off the track thoroughbred named Barnaby). Well he flipped over backwards and broke his back and had too be put down.
    I would never do this to a horse just off the track or a horse that was not mentally able to handle it.
    It can be good but it can also be harmful in the wrong hands or on the wrong horse.
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    I agree that in the wrong hands that can totally be a bad method...I can see it being very dangerous..
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    On our horse or our Zebra?
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    I've seen this used. I've never had to use it in this way with mechanical means, but with me holding up a leg, while someone else was doing something to the horse. Or with someone else holding up the leg and me doing something to the horse. It's kind of a spin off of hobbling. When I've used it...when treating a horse for something medical, as an injury to another leg, or another instance where I feel the horse may kick out when I am in a comprising position to be kicked in the head. Picking up another leg leaves the horse on 3 legs and they don't like that. So thinking of kicking out or some other behavior of that sort where they become unbalanced, this has worked.
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    not EXACTLY like that, but i have tied a front or a hind leg on on occassion, as did a farrier we had many years ago. He did use a cow collar on the front leg which looks like the photo. If he had a bad one, he would tie up the front leg, go trim another horse, then tie up the other front leg, go trim another horse, etc.

    SEVERAL years ago, i also used a running W on a nasty horse (liked to COME AT people with teeth barred and striking! it was a last ditch effort before the slaughterhouse). I had seen the W's used a long time ago by a farrier who also used to geld colts with no sedative, he would drop them with the W's and geld them.
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    Uh huh, but think about it as having control of a horse's feet. What is the saying "control his feet, control his mind".

    Would this be considered controlling his feet?
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    The owners previous to me tried to do this with Angus, but were too stupid to know how to do it properly and totally wigged him out more, resulting in a rather ugly permanent scar on my boys leg, as well as he flipped over and had some pretty bad skelital issues that needed to be attended to.

    So, I would trust someone who actually knew what they were doing to do it to a horse that needed it, but I would personally never do it.

    This is Angus' leg from his idiotic owners:


    Its hard to see, but the dark ring just below his knee is the scar. Next time I see him, I'll get a better picture if anyone wants to see
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    Quote Originally Posted by endurgirl View Post
    Uh huh, but think about it as having control of a horse's feet. What is the saying "control his feet, control his mind".

    Would this be considered controlling his feet?
    E....who are you responding to...LOL. I don't know if it would be callled controlling his feet. To me, controlling his feet means asking a horse to MOVE his feet where YOU want them, either on the ground or under saddle. Kinda like when you have a bucker, and you drive them forward...using their feet. What you posted is almost in the vein of twitching, where you are trying to subdue a horse by mechanical means. At least that's what I feel it is. But I can see where someone might use this as a kind of mind control...similar to knocking one down and covering it with a tarp.
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    I didnt actually TIE is, but I wrapped it around the horn when I was teaching Foxy to lay down

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