Originally Posted by updownrider
This scares me that you would recommend this. You must have a halter that breaks. Otherwise you may very well end up with broken neck. I have seen it happen. If (as you say) your training is set back because your horse broke his halter, at least you still have a horse to train. Always, always remember safety first.
I am sorry that you are frightened by tying a horse with a halter that doesn't break. It frightens me
to think of a horse that routinely and habitually breaks the lead or halter or both and crosses a busy highway or street. MANY suburban barns are located close to them, and horses ARE hit by cars. Sometimes it's fatal, most times it results in a permanent injury. It isn't impossible to train a horse to calmly tie. I wasn't satisfied with my 2 geldings tie habits last year, so I tied them up 6 hours at a time while I gardened...some 30 feet away. NOW, they will stand quiet and tied just as along as I damx well please.
It is IMPERATIVE to teach your horse to tie. I always tie mine with a quick release, EVEN THOUGH I live on a quiet N-S street in a tiny town where the cats lay in the middle of the street, unimperiled. Honestly, you don't know what you are talking about.
Seeing a horse accidently hurt or kill himself doesn't validate your opinion. If it was YOUR horse, then YOU were negligent in your horse training. You are frightening people new to horses. If YOU are reading this, have the same problem and cannot figure out how to use any of these methods, OR you don't feel competent, THIS is something that any good trainer can fix FOR you, just FYI.
With any of the several brands of tie rings YOU, the trainer control how much play in the ~20' rope that you are using to train. With a halter tied to a long lead and dragging, it is humorous to watch the horse the first time he scares himself, and it's a relief when he figures that he is the one holding the halter down. The result is that your horse won't panic when he steps through the lead, which ends up between his legs. He'll just wait for you patiently to help him. Heck, my old herd leader, "Tyke" (1970-1998, RIP) got tangled up in a lead tied to a tree. My DH told him, "Sit Down," which he did, then my DH untied the lead for him.
Remember, I learned the method in my other post from a pony farm training YEARLINGS, and horses under 2yo are much more vulnerable to breaking their necks than a 4yo.