My horse Socket is 13 years old. She's been tied up pretty much all her life without any problems. When we brought her home from the barn for the winter of '08, we decided not to tie her up at all so as not to put stress on her or her baby (she was pregnant at the time). We realize now that that was a terrible mistake.
We brought her back to the barn in the spring for a tune-up. It turned out that every time she was tied up, she would sit down, with all her weight against the tie, and pull. She broke loose every time. However, she only did this once the saddle was on and the girth was tightened.
Then one day, I had her tied to the hitching post outside. I decided to tie her there because I knew she couldn't break the hitching post, and plus I had a heavy duty halter on her. I knew it would work. I tightened the girth, stepped back, and the next thing I knew, she threw herself to the ground. She didn't even actually pull, she just slammed herself into the ground. It's terrible because there was so much strain on her neck against the tie. Then we had to cut her loose so she could get up without breaking her neck. Since then, the same scenario has happened several times. However, she ONLY does this once the saddle is on and the girth is done up. And, she doesn't do it once I've worked her in the round pen first. It seems like she only does it when she's got an extra spark of energy. But I don't want to have to work her every time before I ride for the rest of her life, especially since I ride almost every day.
I've thought of buying a pull back halter, but then I realized my horse was already used to a tonne of pressure on the poll, because she wears a crib collar. Plus, with Socket's temper, the pull back halter would only make her pull harder.
I want to be able to tack her up by myself without someone standing there holding her every single time I tack up/ride. Many horses have died by breaking their necks from pulling so hard or sitting down while tied up. I don't know what to do.
Are there any suggestions?