Originally Posted by DriftingShadow
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.
Oh no I know what you mean, there will always be times when you just have to get out of the way and wait for the storm to pass....and it always lasts longer than we would prefer.
I would, and I will explain the reasoning behind this, is A) tie him in a nylon until he has another fit and see what happens when it breaks (because it will break within seconds) or B) tie him in the rope halter, but use a piece of baling twine tied to the post with a loop and thread his lead through it and tie....it will break virtually immediately too....the reason for this is I am thinking that before you got him he had a tying problem, but busted out of the flat nylons pretty much after a very brief struggle....the only thing that has changed as far as I can see is that you have used a role halter on him instead, which takes a while to break (increasing panic in the horse) if it breaks at all...
.I would do this little experiment first, it's starting to sound like either 1. He wasn't ever taught to hard tie properly and has got away without major injury YET because he always had flat nylons on and now the game has changed and the rope halters don't give and it's sending him into a real dangerous panic....or 2. He's got a neurological problem going on.
I would experiment before I call the vet and rule out the possibility of a hard tying issue....