Originally Posted by My2Geldings
Years ago I owned a horse who went thru the same issue. The owners before I had the horse kept her tied while she would pull back which turned into a huge accident as the lead rope nor the halter ever gave way. She ended up panicking and hurting herself.
That can be a risk, so be sure to tie in a post or area clear of all debris and objects, and use a sturdy tie post, halter and lead. The best is the halter and lead made of rope with no buckles, like this:
I would suggest wrapping the lead 2 or 3 times before tying it in a quick release, because when a horse pulls back, even the quick release gets wrenched into place. An alternative to tying a knot is to get a blocker tie ring like this:
Secure it with a quick release knot to the hitching post, and then when you go to tie, run the horse's lead through the blocker. You be gently holding the end of the horses lead on the other end of the blocker while your daughter goes about her business. If he starts to flip out, have your daughter clear out, and you hold firm to the end of the lead at an angle (you stay clear too). If he gets in a bind, all you have to do is let go of the lead, and it will pull through. I would try to keep hold if possible though, because you don't want to reward his pulling with release!
Again, if he does pull to the point where he gets loose, react immediately. back him, circle him, scold him...anything to make him not wish to do it again. Whether it is out of fright or spoiled behavior, it is a nasty habit that really needs to be stopped!!