There are a lot of threads on this subject, I know. I have read over them but still haven't found an answer to this problem with Drifter.
Weirdly, for the most part he will stand perfect while tied all day long. He steps back, his rope halter pulls on his poll, he walks forward like he is supposed to.
But every once in a while, he will pull back HARD. Like losing all sense of self-preservation, blind panic hard. I once had him do this at a show, and since his rope halter never broke, he ended up pulling just enough slack out to be able to flip himself upside down still tied to the trailer. The halter ended up wrapped around his mouth and upper face and I had to cut him loose with a pocket knife. We worked a LOT on releasing to poll pressure after that, and I havent had a lot of trouble with him. No freak outs since that day (happened the end of Juneish) until just this afternoon.
We went on a short ride, everything was fine. I had finished picking his hooves and was about to untie him to turn it out when he decided to just lose his mind. He was tied to the fence (solid, it didnt break) in what I would describe as a "walk in stall" area. Each section has iron bars to divide it from the next section. While still remaining tied to the fence he managed to flip himself over the stall divider and break it. It was probably about a 2 minute thing, but it felt like an eternity. I thought he has broken his neck. He ended up half under the fence to the pasture and calmed down enough for me to once again have to cut him loose. The rope halter did not break. It did however give him a nasty rope burn next to his eye :/
He broke tack CONSTANTLY with his previous owner. He would pull back while she was leading him and run backwards, breaking his reins etc. I watched him pull back so hard on her one time that he fell to the ground before getting up and taking off. He also always broke the nylon halters she used on him which is the reason I started using rope halters on him. He has not once broken a bridle with me, and has never tried to pull off and take off running while being led somewhere. But being able to get away with it with her .. would that contribute to the massive tying problem now? I have worked with him forever on tying, and he has come a long way. But I don't like these freak outs. Even though I use a quick release knot I can't even get close enough to do un do it for fear of my own safety. My friend who was with me today couldnt believe how he acted. She said she had never seen anything like it.
Like I said, usually he ties fine but things will just set him off. I did not notice anything today that should have caused him to do that. No wind, no bucking horses, nothing. I have tried setting him up to pull back with a tie ring .
Here is a picture of the area where it happened. He was tied to the fence post. The gate learning against the fence is the divdider he flipped himself over. Its a miracle he didnt break his neck or worse. He violently threw himself to the ground a few times as well before he flipped over the divider. And thank God his rope halter slipped and got tangled around his face or he would have hung himself I am sure