Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
Okay, I'm putting myself out there, for better or worse (*braces*) :
IF a horse falls or gets himself into such a situation where either something on the halter breaks, or he does, I'd much prefer it be the halter. Now, I'm saying this about a horse that would normally tie fine, but gets himself into a bit of trouble (eg: spooks, and slips... or something. Can you tell my coffee has worn off?) -- for a puller, I would look at an alternative LIKE this, but with a wider distribution like I said earlier with a cinch. I will try to find a photo.. it's in a Western Horseman book.
I will pull off a busy highway into a grass shoulder, one that sort of has a driveway so the horse trailer doesn't go through the ditch. I will unload and tie a horse to each side of the trail. We are maybe 20 feet from a busy highway and we saddle up. Do I really want my horse to suddenly pull back and break free?? What would happen to him if he suddenly broke free and went flying into traffic ??. If he is so stupid as to fall, which I have never seen happen and he is hung by the neck I will free him using the correct knot on the tie ring and allow him to get up. Again I don't want a halter breaking and him running into certain death.
When you slip the halter he is still tied by the neck rope so until the head stall is on and throat latch done up he is secure.
I also trailer to mauls, pick a quiet corner and saddle up and ride out. Again I don't want a run away horse heading across the maul parking lot and onto a busy busy expressway. He will be killed or at the very very least wipe out on the pavement and skin himself up.
NO when I tie I tie so he stays put no matter what.
I will go to the beach for the day and leave him tied in the camping area and only ask someone to keep a eye on him but I expect nothing to require assistance. I do tie and camp for 3 days.