Can't Tie Me Down

How do you restrain your horse for grooming and tacking?

Quick-release or hard tie to a hitching rail or wall
Ground tie or have someone hold
Other (please specify)

Total votes cast: 863

Comments & Write-in Answers

My horses have been taught to stand quietly. No ties are needed.

2/27/2012 8:37:38 PM

Throw the rope over my mare's back & she stays better than my dog!

2/27/2012 4:12:18 PM

I have trained my horses to stand, ground tied for grooming and saddling.

2/27/2012 4:03:32 PM

I don't restrain him at all. He just stands there.

2/27/2012 3:55:13 PM

always use the Blocker Tie Ring

2/27/2012 3:46:10 PM

slip knot or quick release

2/27/2012 3:02:16 PM

Always a quick release knot to a solid post or tree. Never hard tie.

2/27/2012 1:02:12 PM

Tie to hitching rail

2/27/2012 12:49:40 PM

I only use Quick-release to a sturdy upright post or tie ring in a post. Tie at wither height.

2/27/2012 12:24:29 PM

one I cross tie, the other just stands still on her own for me.

2/27/2012 11:16:36 AM

I quick release tie her to the fence next to the barn

2/27/2012 10:18:47 AM

nothing = good training

2/27/2012 9:32:26 AM

stands quietly when groomed/tacked

2/27/2012 9:09:24 AM

the more methods used, the better. Doesn't leave you stuck if your perferred method isn't avalable

2/27/2012 3:21:49 AM

usually free in stall, otherwise cross tie

2/27/2012 2:22:16 AM

ground tie, single tie with a quick-release knot, or cross tie with safety-release

2/27/2012 12:04:39 AM

no restraint just brush

2/26/2012 9:35:44 PM

tack and groom at liberty.

2/26/2012 9:31:27 PM

No restraint needed--they love grooming.

2/26/2012 9:02:13 PM

whatever works for the situation

2/26/2012 7:38:51 PM

Quick release is a joke. If the horse has already pulled back, the knot is so tight that I can't pu

2/26/2012 6:14:48 PM

For grooming, I sometimes use cross ties in barn aisle. Tacking, they stand still until I am done.

2/26/2012 5:59:19 PM

Always a quick release, never a hard tie. I consider cross-ties dangerous.

2/26/2012 5:37:15 PM

Aussie tie ring

2/26/2012 3:03:15 PM

I just tie them up

2/26/2012 12:57:59 PM

my horse ground ties very nicely

2/26/2012 9:44:08 AM


2/25/2012 7:35:15 PM

Use baling twine for easy breakaway in the barn aisle. Use quick release otherwise

2/25/2012 4:15:05 PM

they are trained to stand

2/25/2012 2:47:57 PM

We use the Blocker Tie Ring-it works great.

2/25/2012 1:48:37 PM

Halter, lead, tack w/head gear last all else halter, lead over neck grooming hoof care free O-range

2/25/2012 12:43:54 PM

My horse stands untethered for grooming. it's something we both enjoy.

2/24/2012 11:56:11 PM

At liberty

2/24/2012 11:02:36 PM

Just safer for me and my horse!

2/24/2012 8:09:41 PM

Straight tie/hard tie to the trailer.

2/24/2012 4:04:13 PM

Loop lead rope once around rail

2/24/2012 3:00:41 PM

He's very quiet. He really dosen't need much restraint.

2/24/2012 2:40:53 PM

We just throw the rope over the rail, they look forward to thier grooming and won't move.

2/24/2012 2:19:58 PM

I do not halter for grooming,for tacking a rope halter with lead rope wrapped a few times around ras

2/24/2012 1:44:08 PM

Tie to something solid with a half-hitch

2/24/2012 12:35:39 PM

lead rope draped over my arm or a quick release tie to the fence post

2/24/2012 11:43:47 AM

he stands for me with out any restraints

2/24/2012 11:01:21 AM

It depends what I am doing.

2/24/2012 10:54:26 AM

loose or have someone hold

2/24/2012 10:17:54 AM

Hard tie - baling twine seems to let them get away too much once they get wise to it ;)

2/24/2012 7:38:33 AM

I hold athe lead rope with one hand as I work.

2/24/2012 2:01:02 AM

Teach them to stand at liberty (natural horsemanship)

2/23/2012 10:34:08 PM

Cross-ties with quick release hardware.

2/23/2012 9:29:35 PM

ALWAYS with a "weak link" attaching cross-ties to the wall.

2/23/2012 7:27:59 PM

My goodness! WHy would ANYONR have to tie their horse for grooming or ANYTHING??????

2/23/2012 6:26:21 PM

Loose in stall or even pasture

2/23/2012 5:30:28 PM

They stand with me.

2/23/2012 5:12:18 PM

my horses are trained to stand unrestained while groomed or saddled

2/23/2012 4:46:09 PM

she just stays with me. no need to tie.

2/23/2012 4:28:10 PM

i just show them my grooming bucket and they stand there for the attention sans restraint!

2/23/2012 3:38:55 PM

do not use break away cross ties or halters. Who wants a 1,000 lb horse running toward you?

2/23/2012 3:32:17 PM

they just stand in the yard without restraint never had problems

2/23/2012 3:31:19 PM

They are at liberty, no tying needed

2/23/2012 1:25:23 PM

Pressure-release connectors on ties at the wall for safety

2/23/2012 1:11:46 PM

combination of all depends on how thourough a job I want to do.

2/23/2012 11:41:01 AM

mainly quick release cross ties. also ground tie or quick release tie to hitching rail

2/23/2012 11:40:53 AM

I don't restrain horse when grooming and tacking

2/23/2012 11:15:23 AM

I just put a halter on her, grab a lead rope and secure it to the trailer or hitching post

2/23/2012 10:36:44 AM

He could be loose, but then becomes too helpful to the process

2/23/2012 8:44:37 AM

Ground tie when working out of the trailer and tied at home in her stall

2/23/2012 7:59:30 AM

No ties, horse is loose and is just fine and happy about it.

2/23/2012 7:26:15 AM

AT LIBERTY in aisle of barn or pasture

2/23/2012 6:22:02 AM

Tthey love to be groomed so they stand perfectly untied, tacking up loop the lead in belt.

2/23/2012 3:37:33 AM

I use the Tie Blocker for cross ties as well as any time i need to restrain

2/22/2012 11:40:52 PM

Tie safe tension strap that breaks away at specific tension & leaves a short lead attached

2/22/2012 11:05:55 PM

cross ties

2/22/2012 9:45:31 PM

Got 3 Blocker tie rings around barn. I like it for young horses that aren't broke to stand tied yet.

2/22/2012 8:55:05 PM

I am usually by myself when tacking up

2/22/2012 8:50:29 PM

all of them depending on situation

2/22/2012 8:42:57 PM

Ground tie; a horse taught proper ground manners will do it . I

2/22/2012 8:41:26 PM

i dont tie my horses hey stand prefectly when being groomed and saddled.There is no need.

2/22/2012 8:00:01 PM

Quick release not, tied to twine/string attatched to railing.

2/22/2012 7:38:12 PM

quick release to baling twine at tie-up rail

2/22/2012 7:18:43 PM

Teaching a "stand still" command is the best.

2/22/2012 6:54:10 PM

cross ties with enough slack that he doesn't feel too confined. ties have quick releases.

2/22/2012 6:48:41 PM

Too many people use cross-ties to leave a horse alone in them. This is not safe.

2/22/2012 6:04:48 PM

Blocker tie-ring, or ground tie

2/22/2012 4:34:37 PM

I teach all my horses to ground tie. It's the safest way to go. It takes patience, but worth it.

2/22/2012 3:59:22 PM

My horses are all taught to stand with the lead over their necks for grooming/saddling, etc.

2/22/2012 3:52:37 PM

Cross ties with the quick release snaps

2/22/2012 3:47:19 PM


2/22/2012 1:57:23 PM

Quick release. NEVER hard tie. I use the Aussie Tie Ring. It's great!

2/22/2012 1:50:27 PM

Hobbles? What century are we in?

2/22/2012 11:52:40 AM

I have a small stall & they just stand & eat hay while I groom them.

2/22/2012 11:45:55 AM

quick knot, or i just put her in the stall and tack up

2/22/2012 10:54:29 AM

do not restrain - no need to- both stand quietly for whatever I do

2/22/2012 9:36:26 AM

Attach halter to a rope permanetly hung from a large tree branch

2/22/2012 9:25:44 AM

Loop the halter rope through a ring.

2/22/2012 8:58:43 AM

Most tie and some hobble

2/22/2012 8:33:49 AM

hand tie if they are young & won't stand still, ALL the others simply stand by themselves, no tie.

2/22/2012 8:18:00 AM

My quarter horse is so relaxed when he is ground tied. Cross ties make him spooky.

2/22/2012 8:08:42 AM

Tie Safe Safety Cross Ties

2/22/2012 7:52:42 AM

often panics in cross ties so that is a last resort

2/22/2012 7:38:24 AM

Take one loop around fence post; holds horse unless she pulls hard

2/22/2012 7:20:50 AM

in liberty or with rope dropped to the ground.

2/22/2012 7:14:48 AM

Overhead tie with quick release to branch

2/22/2012 6:15:58 AM

If Connor is in his stable I don't tie him at all. If he is out of his box a quick release know is

2/22/2012 5:56:38 AM

Mostly ground tie when tacking, other methods depending on the task

2/22/2012 3:37:44 AM

He stands still without any restraint

2/22/2012 2:59:05 AM

tie to bailing twine that is tied to a hitching rail, easy to cut in an emergency

2/22/2012 2:42:58 AM

My horse fidgets if tied, stands quietly if lead rope is just draped around neck

2/21/2012 11:38:41 PM

he is trained to stand still

2/21/2012 11:01:41 PM

cross ties in a grooming stall

2/21/2012 10:27:32 PM

with my harness racehorses, we use cross ties. We tack up the horse,then drive out.

2/21/2012 10:15:37 PM

My crossties are blocker rings, so it they pull back they have room to move. virtually no panicking

2/21/2012 9:49:49 PM

we never cross tie

2/21/2012 9:41:38 PM

ground tie. It is my goal to have them want to be groomed and tacked up

2/21/2012 9:12:06 PM

i lay the lead rope over my arm between my elbow and rist so i can easily correct or grab lead.

2/21/2012 9:06:20 PM

Either in a specific grooming stall or at liberty.

2/21/2012 9:04:55 PM

In the stall

2/21/2012 8:50:06 PM

mine love me so much they just stand for me, unrestrained

2/21/2012 8:44:43 PM

a trained horse shouldnt need to be restrained...

2/21/2012 8:40:45 PM

I don't restrain for either.

2/21/2012 8:33:16 PM

I use natural horseman skills & just keep a loose line draped over my arm for the unexpected

2/21/2012 8:25:51 PM

I hold the horse I am grooming

2/21/2012 8:22:31 PM

All are horses are schooled to overhead tie, then direct tie, then cross tie...keeps them safe

2/21/2012 8:13:08 PM

don't need restraining...horse stand still for both activities.

2/21/2012 8:10:30 PM

quick release "horse knot" I learned as a child.

2/21/2012 8:03:30 PM

Use Parelli Traini8ng techniques and horse stands without being tied for grooming and tacking.

2/21/2012 7:59:39 PM

both cross ties and quick release tie at hitching rail

2/21/2012 7:55:52 PM

for grooming and tacking tie 3 feet long and eye high for any thing else no tie at all halter only

2/21/2012 7:43:45 PM

Most of my mnis stand naked.. just let me do stuff

2/21/2012 7:30:50 PM

panic snaps in the barn and panic snaps in the crossties outside

2/21/2012 7:30:13 PM

My horse parks and stands like champion until I ask him to move.

2/21/2012 7:22:36 PM

depends on the horse, ground,quick release, or cross tie

2/21/2012 7:22:11 PM

Dependsv on the horse.

2/21/2012 7:18:19 PM

generally just 1 rope tie to something they can't pull over but will also ground tie

2/21/2012 7:05:35 PM

We use tie rings on our young ones the first year.

2/21/2012 6:57:52 PM

i have tought my horse to stand in the isle and not ,move even if something bothers it

2/21/2012 6:56:18 PM

My horse loves being groomed, I could groom without the need to tie

2/21/2012 6:53:06 PM

He has been taught to stand where I put him, in other words, ground tie

2/21/2012 6:52:54 PM

My horse ground ties reliably and I also groom and tack up in his stall w/o tying

2/21/2012 6:49:25 PM

Coming from Scotland, why would you do anything but quick release ? Hobbels etc no place here.

2/21/2012 6:43:21 PM

usually use a Blocker tie ring

2/21/2012 6:23:32 PM

Teaching ground tie--otherwise hard tie to post/tree

2/21/2012 6:23:31 PM

When I got my horse, she would pull back when tied so I taught her to ground tie.

2/21/2012 6:10:48 PM

My horse is expected to stand and not move a foot until asked to do so.

2/21/2012 6:04:26 PM

I've taught my horses to stand without being tied while being groomed. Of course in an enclosed area

2/21/2012 6:00:27 PM

My horses are trained to cross-tie and tie to a wall or hitch.

2/21/2012 5:50:21 PM

If the lead rope is attached and tossed over their neck, mine stand for grooming and saddling.

2/21/2012 5:45:05 PM

with satety release snap

2/21/2012 5:34:11 PM

Free in box stall

2/21/2012 5:30:50 PM

I also work in the stall (just a halter with shank over the neck) when working with stallions

2/21/2012 5:23:13 PM

Rope over back, I can reach at all times, ask to back or give as needed.

2/21/2012 5:03:21 PM

Mine all ground tie...

2/21/2012 4:34:44 PM

I ether tie to a fence or ground tie depends on the day,

2/21/2012 4:32:15 PM

Just tie-em. Both fine at brushing, but washing OMG. 1 loves it & 1 never stops dancing.

2/21/2012 4:30:44 PM

I don't restrain my horse to groom them unless I'm fixing to ride. I just groom them in the open.

2/21/2012 4:24:50 PM

Both my horses are trained to ground-tie, not at home qick release depends on situation

2/21/2012 4:23:47 PM

Normally they stand for grooming and tacking without holding. A leadline is attached to their halter

2/21/2012 4:18:52 PM

Ground tie or Blocker tie rings, put them on trailer, barn etc.

2/21/2012 4:17:46 PM

My horses are expected to stand still for grooming and saddling without being tied or held.

2/21/2012 4:16:31 PM

I have a post, but my horse is trained to stand in cross-ties as well

2/21/2012 4:12:35 PM

On average; at liberty, near empty feed bucket. Rewarded after grooming.

2/21/2012 4:10:27 PM

Blocker tie (quick release)

2/21/2012 4:07:06 PM

She's been trained to "ground tie" wherever we are

2/21/2012 4:02:49 PM

I cross tie with an easily breakable string tied to the crossties for extra safety.

2/21/2012 4:02:21 PM

If he's not restrained, my gelding goes off in search of food!

2/21/2012 4:00:16 PM

hold her myself

2/21/2012 3:58:06 PM

We're almost to the point where I can just say "stay" and he will stand untied

2/21/2012 3:53:24 PM


2/21/2012 3:43:39 PM

You should never combine ground tieing with someone holding the lead. You might as well combine all

2/21/2012 3:41:02 PM

I train them to stand still untied,

2/21/2012 3:40:45 PM

x-tie with blocker tie ring

2/21/2012 3:39:47 PM

Quck release if outdoors and cross-ties in the barn. It's just the way my barn is set up.

2/21/2012 3:35:27 PM

Taught my mare to stand untied in aisle while grooming and tacking up

2/21/2012 3:29:09 PM

the horse stands with the lead thrown over the stall door

2/21/2012 3:25:17 PM

Lead rope tied to the paddock fence

2/21/2012 3:13:51 PM

Tie to ring bolted to wall or trailer, sometimes w/a loop of baling twine(for accidental pull-backs)

2/21/2012 3:12:53 PM

no restraint

2/21/2012 3:12:15 PM

Quick release not tied to haystring.

2/21/2012 2:56:16 PM

I dont have to, they all stand

2/21/2012 2:50:08 PM

cross tied with bungy cord/quick release

2/21/2012 2:48:56 PM

I trained my horses to stand still for it. I only need to tie them for the farrier..

2/21/2012 2:39:20 PM

I have trained my horse to stand still while I groom and tack her.

2/21/2012 2:24:56 PM

I do not restrain my horse. I tack her up in a stall since she stands so quietly.

2/21/2012 1:58:27 PM

groom at liberty in pasture or bring in to vacant stall for grooming while feeding

2/21/2012 1:47:59 PM

twine safety ties at top

2/21/2012 12:17:23 PM

I also use the Tie Blocker with my cross ties or anywhere I tie a horse up. Very safe! A must have!

2/21/2012 11:25:01 AM

single QR or crosstie, depending

2/21/2012 10:56:45 AM

Depends on the horse, 1 I use cross ties, 1 just stands for me.

2/21/2012 10:06:31 AM