How to Teach Your Horse to Behave in Cross-Ties
Q. How do I get my horse to be polite in the cross-ties, be it starting young to instill good ground manners or curbing existing rude behavior?
—Carolyn Arnold, Colorado
A. When introducing a young horse to cross-ties, I like to try to have a calm companion nearby whenever possible—preferably tethered or cross-tied, as well. This is what behaviorists often call a “helper companion.” I find it best to have the helper settled in and comfortable before bringing the young horse to the cross-ties.
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