pulling back while tied
I just started working with a horse and he is very spooky. We are working on that, and he's getting a lot better - but an issue has come up.
If you tie him during grooming, saddling, etc. he will lean back and when the rope gets taught, he will freak out and dart. Last time he did this (and the last time anyone has tied him), he pulled back and darted around the side of the post he was tied down at. I wasn't there... But at the barn he was at the post has a sharp edge and he got cut (now he has a scar).
No one has tied him since then. When I started working with him, everyone warned me that I cannot tie him. This makes it very difficult. I have to have someone with me in order to groom him, bathe him, etc and there isn't always someone available.
Does anyone have any tips or tricks I could try to get him to stop leaning/pulling back when tied? Is there a SAFE way to do this?
I don't know if it helps - but he is a quarter horse & 7 years old (gelding). He came from a ranch and is/was very well trained, just has some issues from neglect/not being worked with enough.