Originally Posted by tinyliny
Why do you have the rope tied around the neck and then run through the halter ring as opposed to a normal lead line which is snapped into the halter, or a ropeleadline that is tied into a rope halter? Your method is intrigueing.
I hesitated to answer this at all because I figured there would be those who would argue and my answer was not without danger. That being said, a horse will break a snap or a halter ring quick as can be. Now you have just taught the horse that pulling back WILL get him loose.. and each time he will pull back with greater violence.
By using a neck rope you have eliminated that possiblility. This was how everyone I knew trained a horse to tie back in the dinosaur days. Fact is, I NEVER tie a horse by the lead rope and snap. I ALWAYS use a neck rope. That is my advice to this day.. to never tie a horse by a snap into the halter. Always use a neck rope and run it thru the halter ring.
just today I was visiting a friend who;s horse was tied and eating from a hay net, and was standing about 4 feet behind him looking for hip irregularities (lameness inquiry) when he suddenly , without any obvious stimula, started to pull backward in a panic, nearly sitting on his butt. Naturally, I was backing away from him so fast it was amazing! The owner could not get in fast enough to pull the slip knot, but she was finally able to get his mind out of the panic with "whoa, whoa" and such. I had never seen a hrose pull so suddenly and so violently. She said she just deals with it by being nearby to undo the knot. H m m m. . . That sounds a bit odd. But I did not say anything.
Some horses will panic. IF they get loose breaking equipment, the are reinforced and next time it will be worse. Getting him loose AFTER he calmed down was fine. He learned to come forward and that would result in the release.
The next post referring to the Blocker is a good one as well. It also points out the pre tying training... and points up the dangers.
IMO every horse needs to learn how to stand tied and that education needs to happen when they are very very small. It is so much easier.