What is better?? Having a horse try and break loose, running free where ever OR trying and failing??
I live in amish country and I know their opinion. Not a single horse is tied in public without a neck rope. I can go and see 100 horses tied up Sunday morning at the local church and EVERY SINGLE ONE WEARS A NECK ROPE. I have never seen an amish horse tied without one.
I went to the market Tuesday morning and wondered into the horse sheds, the place the vendors and shoppers leave their horse, a parking lot and again every single one is tied with a neck rope.
One horse I was sure was going to fight to get loose, a really high strung Hackney cross. He was a live wire with PULLEY on his bit. The reins ran from the harness, through the pulley to the driver. It doubles his pull. I later talked to him and he told me the horse was 6 and so hard mouthed that he need the leverage to hold him.
Anyway back to neck ropes. I never use a halter and a lead to tie. Always a neck rope. A horse can not break a neck rope, the halter can be a fancy leather one and it won't take the pull, even an old halter is good enough.
A neck rope is 10 feet of soft 1/2 inch or 5/8th rope with a snap on the end. A ring is knotted into the rope so when it is clipped around the neck it is not too tight but not too loose to easily slip over the head. It is used WITH A HALTER.
I have never seen or honestly heard of a hore breaking it's neck but everyone seems to have horror stories of it happening. I tie properly each and every time, treat it as if the horse is going to try and if he does ? So what? Step back and let him.
Anyway this is too poor pictures of how NOT to use a neck rope. One the halter is not done up and the second I am fitting a head stall and should have a halter. Even like this the horse can not break free so if you want to slip the halter and install the bridle the horse is still tied securely.
I don't know of anyone else on this forum using neck ropes but where I live it is the norm.