It is easy to forget that most OTTBs were not taught to crosstie at the track. Since this can be a very scary form of restraint for any horse, I follow a strict plan of slow and steady when teaching a horse how to stand quietly without panicking in crossties. Whenever you get a new horse, you should NEVER assume they already know about crossties....always take it easy and don't rush your new horse.
I follow 6 basic principles:
There are some supplies you should have on hand when teaching your horse to crosstie:
By Kyle Rothfus
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