Rose ties pretty well these days, but I figure it's always good to have more practice. I've long been remiss about the fact that pretty much no facility I've boarded at has had a place I could leave her tied for long periods while keeping an eye on her. Then, the other day, while I put away our jumps and she wondered around the arena naked it occurred to me that a while back (when I was pregnant) the BO put up a tie ring and I could now feasibly tie her up while I set up and put away jump. This would be handy in several ways:
- Rose gets more practice standing tied while something is going on (me banging jump standards and poles around)
- Jump set up/put away will go faster as I can just leave the arena gate open.
- I don't have to pull my tack and then re-tack her when we leave (she's threatened to roll in my tack recently...leading to the naked wondering time post ride)
So, last night I grabbed a blocker tie ring, brought her halter to the arena with us, and gave it a go. I wish I had done this ages ago! It saves me so much time and I feel certain that a young horse can never have enough time spent standing tied and developing patients.
Happy trails and swooshing tails!