Hey, y'all! Sam here with a rather different blog post! You might've read the title and thought: "What the heck does a tree have to do with horsemanship, Sam?!"
Glad you asked! The answer: so much. A tree has so much to do with horsemanship. Have you ever just tied your horse up and left him for a couple hours? WAIT! Don't leave yet! Trust me, I don't believe in animal abuse!
Tying up your horse is a way to punish him without inflicting pain. See, it's like putting a child in timeout. They have to sit there and wait, unable to do anything fun.
When your horse starts getting too excited and disobedient, tie him to the Tree of Patience. When your horse gets too lazy to do what you want him to do, tie him to the Tree of Patience. When your horse starts bucking, tie him to the Tree of Patience. It's my number-1 go-to punishment, and it works so well!
Even if your horse hasn't done anything wrong, it's good for them to be tied a couple of hours every now and then. It helps them to focus and relax. Think of meditating, for example. You're clearing your mind, helping your overall wellbeing.
My horse, Ellie, used to hate being tied. Over a few months of being tied for a few hours a week (or whenever she got in trouble), she learned to accept it. When I tied her to the Tree of Patience, she'd literally bite off the bark and paw at the ground for the entire time (in this case, I'd just leave her tied for even longer, because that's a sign of rebellion). Now, she'll stand there and stare at nothing in particular until I come back. She's learned that being tied is just a part of having an owner.
Now, the big question. How do you get a Tree of Patience? Easy. Find a tree on your land. If you don't have any trees (I pity you if this is the case), then you can tie him to a post or anything you have that he can't get away from.
My challenge to you: Tie up your horse when he's disobeyed in any way. Keep him tied for even longer if he paws at the ground, pulls at the lead rope, or bites at the tree. Even if he doesn't do anything wrong, go tie him up. Leave him there and go watch a movie or something for a couple hours. Then, if he's not pawing at the ground or being rebellious in any way when you return, release him to the pasture (or the stall, whichever one you use).
Alright. That about covers it. Comment below if YOU have a Tree of Patience, and if so, how often YOU use it! Sam out!