Subscription Required


How Can I Teach My Horse to Stand Still in the Cross-ties?

A key to understanding horse behaviour is to realize how much horses learn by associating one thing with another. This is called classical conditioning. They associate a certain environment with the place something significant happened or typically happens. Could your horse be linking the cross-ties area with a negative experience? Perhaps he’s sensitive and dislikes vigorous grooming. Maybe he’s had a negative clipping or girth cranking experience. Separation from his pasture buddies is another potential trigger for dancing around in the ties. On the other hand, could this be the spot where your horse receives his pre- and post-ride treats? Horses paw when they anticipate something. Due to unfortunate timing, if riders dispense the treat in the wrong moment, their horses think the reward was achieved through their pawing behaviour. After eliminating all these factors, it’s time to start retraining in the ties. 1. Stand in the box. Using the…

Your current subscription does not include access to this article. UPGRADE NOW!


Subscribers: enter the email and password connected to your subscription.

First time logging in?
Click here.

Tablet/Mobile users must also refresh after login to activate subscription.

Not a subscriber yet?
Click here to see our print and digital subscription offers that include full access to all articles.

Subscribe now and enjoy full access to

Your All-Access Digital Subscription includes unlimited access to all articles as well as a digital subscription to each issue of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, and Canadian Thoroughbred.

digital subscription

Get full access to including all articles from Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.

print subscription

Read the digital editions of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.

View Print and Digital Subscription Offers

Love our Articles?

If you enjoyed reading the articles on this website, consider subscribing to get upcoming issues as they are published! Simply click on the button below to see your options.


to top