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Horse Training: Using a clipless lead rope to cure a pulling horse

Pulling back when tied, breaking halters or lead rope clips, can become a very dangerous habit for your horse. And the use of breakaway halters just rewards the horse for pulling back.  Here we show how the innovative LittleJoe clipless lead rope can assist you in breaking your horse of this habit.

 


Step 1:

Attach a tire or other tough, flexible object firmly
to a strong hitching post or tree. Here we have
used a bicycle tire, but an old car, truck or tractor
tire, or even an inner tube, can also be used. 

Do NOT use anything elastic, like a bungee cord.
It can cause injury.

     Step 2:

     Hold the lead rope loop up over the halter loops
     as shown, with the the tail end of the rope at 
     the back.

 

 

Step 3:

Still holding the lead rope loop in place, pass the
free end of the lead rope *forward* through the
halter loops, as shown.

     Step 4:

     When you have pulled the lead rope completely
     through the halter loops, it will look like this. Since 
     there is no real knot connecting the halter to the
     lead rope, they can always be separated later.


Step 5:

Tie the horse to the tire with a quick-release
knot.  The lead rope should be short enough that
the horse cannot get it under a front leg or over
his head. Then just let him stand tied for a while.
It's best not to leave him too long--an hour at most--
and it's important to keep an eye on him, so you
can release him if he really gets into trouble. Or you 
can just make the tire your usual tie-up place for grooming and saddling. After they've tried to pull
back unsuccessfully a few times, most horses will
give it up as a waste of time and effort.

You'll notice that the halter is tied with a slipknot.
If the horse is going to be pulling hard on the
halter, this makes it easier to untie afterwards. 
But it's not necessary.

Good luck!
 


 

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