I started off using a tire innertube before I discovered the Blocker ties for TEACHING a horse to stand tied. Yes a $5-10 inner tube is cheaper, but I feel the Blocker is safer for teaching a young horse for the FIRST TIME
ETA- To Riosdad: A cop out? Are you kidding? Which is more of a cop out, tying a young inexperienced horse hard to a solid immovable object with the only relief a piece of rubber? Or using the blocker and actually teaching your horse to not be afraid and to stand quietly while tied. I don't see your logic in saying the blocker, or any similar training method is wrong.
To use a blocker you always have to be present. YOu don;t walk away from the horse, you don't tie it to a trailer and crawl in the back of the truck. YOu don't leave the horse. You always have to be on guard. The horse learns by pulling he can back away from the tie position. He can gain space. How are you going to leave a blocker on the horse and leave him tied for the night while you sleep??
I have been training horses for over 50 years and I start half wild 4 year olds and never have I relied on anything but old fashion methods.
You want to train a horse to tie?? YOu tie him to something he can not move or break. I have broken half wild horses with a snubbing post in the middle of a round pen, this is old 1300 or so pound horses and they are broke that day, that hour to respect the post.
I have a horse now into 10 months of training and he gets tied all the time in strange places. Monday was a busy shopping maul. Friday it was beside a busy highway again in town., NO my guys tie hard and fast and I walk away and they can do as they please but when I return they will be there.
To teach a horse that he can gain ground by pulling only is fooling yourself into thinking that he is trained to tie anywhere without you being present.
Start right from the beginning and it is over with quickly. I remember my dad 50 years ago tying colts for the first time. He had a heavy halter, a big workhorse standing stall and he basically dragged a baby in there, tied him solid and handed me a twitch and said if he pulls back hit him on the rump. Those babies broke to tie that day, that hour and they never caused a problem about a simple tie.