Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz
I thought horses were suppose to be taught to give to pressure not get rewarded when pressure is applied by getting more slack
The tie ring doesn't give slack, the horse does, the ring allows to rope to have some give when a horse pulls back hard. As long as the horse is pulling back there will be tension.
Tension is tension to a horse, the hard core pullers react to any tension. When they pull back with the ring & are not locked tight they decrease the amount of panic they feel, eventually they stop pulling & the instant
they do there is slack in the rope (all tension gone). That's how they learn that not
pulling back is the correct answer. An inner tube, for example, will not release tension until it is back to the original starting position. I've never seen any horse run back to the original tie spot.
Sure they may learn being tied hard is fruitless to fight but then it wasn't their idea- it was defeat & they are more likely to try again another time.
The tie ring is the exact same concept of asking a horse to lower it's poll or lead without being dragged-a little tension to the poll brings the horse forward.
I hope I explained this clearly.