Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
My mare learned that she could break halters and bridles years ago... After the first couple times it happened, my uncle got out and tied her close to a tree with a shipping halter and proceeded to terrify her so badly that she jerked back crazily and fell about ten times trying to get away from him in the span of five minutes. I don't reccomend that...
Now, though, she doesn't pull back and break something unless she's scared, and I don't tie her, I either loop the lead around something, crosstie her, or do a quick release knot that usually falls undone without any help from either the horses or myself. Whenever she does start pulling back on things now, I know that there's a reason and it's usually because she has ear mites.
My three year old gelding, Dakota, broke a halter for the first time when he was a little over a year... he panicked when some idiot came running a horse full blast down the middle of the road and just ripped his halter to shreds... though it was a very cheap halter and was extremely thin. He has never offered to break anything, and I really don't think he even realized that he'd broke the halter.
Who knows, maybe your horse won't realize that he can break things...
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)