Plenty's First LD
The first LD ride for Plenty was at Death Valley. The results
of that trip are very impressive. The trip included two days
travel both ways and being tied to the trailer for 4 solid days
except the two days of LD she did. What's the value?
Plenty had always been very aloof towards me. I could pet her
but she would pull away if I didn't hold her head. Since that
trip she has improved by 75%. She is much more receptive and
likes being rubbed. Going that distance and being tied for basically
8 days caused change in her. The best part is that no pain was
issued and she had hay and water in front of her all the time.
So, the practice of being tied has great ability to cause change
in attitude without causing pain.
I expect to see some change in Tempest when she goes to her first
LD at the Grant Ranch. We will just go the distance by ourselves
as much as possible. Her attitude should change for the better
by travel to and from and going the distance.
I have heard from old timers that they have tied horses for many
days at a time. One fellow said that he had tied one for 4 days.
He likes horses so I know that he wasn't doing it to be mean.
They would feed and water them at specific intervals. Tying one
like this gives them time to think about their privileges that
have been taken away. The length of time will vary depending
upon the strength of the mind of the horse. Tuff ones will take
longer than ones who are running a bluff. The point that I want
to make is that tying one for extended periods of time will cause
positive change. And, it can be done while you are cleaning the
stall, gardening or watching the ball game. It is good to check
on them from time to time and I usually go and pet them, rub
them and talk to them. That is mostly for me but I usually do
it to give them some attention. You can also check to see what
their frame of mind is like. If they are softening that's good.