Originally Posted by faye
I know of a horse who was tied directly to the ring who paniced, pulled back, slipped, fell and because there was no twine to break his neck broke instead, it was a nylon headcollar and a nylon rope, a horses neck will snap before they do.
I always use a cotton rope, and wwhen travelling always use a leather headcollar. I always tie to twine never to the ring directly.
Yup I've heard a few similar stories (from reliable sources who'd seen the horrific events).
As one very true old saying goes, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link"
- and you want the "weakest link" to be the cheapest, most disposable "link" (i.e. Not the fence, a fancy leather headcollar or the horse itself!).