Originally Posted by Muppetgirl
Quick question.....what does he do when he pulls back in a regular nylon halter and it breaks virtually immediately..,..does he stop on the spot, does he run away??? Just curious.....because in one instance he responds correctly to pressure, and in another he fights the pressure.....I wonder what he would do with a rope around his middle and between his front legs hitched to a post and tied high and long with a neck strap on?? That way when he flips out and goes back the pressure is on the hitch rope and not his head.....but this is all theorizing.....I'm thinking he's switching off and switching on with an explosion....and this is just because of the unpredictability of his episodes....
Has he had any injuries that you know of to his face or head? Even minor ones? Has he ever been kept behind an electric fence?
When I witnessed him breaking his nylon halters with his previous owner, I thought he was just being an a** and had been able to get away with it. He would pull back just enough to make it snap, and then start grazing, looking for hay, that sort of thing. So the first thing I did when I got him was put him in a rope halter and began treating him as if he had never been tied. That seemed to take care of most of that problem except for these random episodes.
I do not know of any head injuries. I have talked to his breeder and know that nothing occurred while he was in her care. She also said he had no tying problems when he was with her. He was often tied to her trailer because she used him as a barrel horse. He went through about 4 owners after they sold him however, so I do not know what happened during that 10 month period leading up to when his previous owner got him.
When I saw him with his previous owner he looked just like a spoiled brat to me. I don't get that impression now however. As far as what he does now, I have not had him in a nylon halter since I bought him so I do not know what would happen if something were to break immediately. However, a few times he has snapped his lead rope and crashed backwards, and the fit continued for a few more seconds and then he got up like "my bad, I'm sorry. I'm cool now". People have told me before that I need to try and catch a video when he is going it but I am usually frozen. It's a horrifying thing to see. I am always afraid I am watching his last few moments, as melodramatic as that sounds.