I knew she had a habit of pulling back, I've seen her do it and break a halter, but I've been without something to tie her to that won't break for the past two months so we haven't worked on it.
Well now we have a hitching post that is NOT breaking regardless of what she does and I've decided she will tie.
She does not agree.
I tied her today with a rope halter and within an hour she had pulled back six times, scratched her hind legs up pretty good from falling on her butt and broken my rope halter.
I found a nylon shipping halter (not a regular flat nylon, it's much sturdier) and tied her back up with that for round two.
She stood well for about twenty minutes so I decided that would be a good time to reward her so I fed her her grain where she was standing. She ate it and freaked out again right after she inhaled the last piece of grain and pulled back another three or four times and broke the lead part of the nylon halter.
I grabbed her up again, tied her again using the same shipping halter (she only broke the lead so I just shortened it, the halter was fine) where she proceeded to pull back another three times.
This time it held and she stood there for a good twenty minutes. I untied her and put her back in the pasture.
Several people were standing around and I was chatting with them and they all commented on how it was very odd that she wasn't learning from this. She would pull back, and if she didn't succeed she would stop to wait a bit and try, try again. It was an endless cycle.
Has anyone dealt with a horse this bad about tying? Do you think there's hope?
My plan is to tie her everyday until she learns, but I imagine I'm going to go through a bunch of halters and leads and she is going to bang herself up pretty bad in the process.
We ended up staying for 3 hours today simply because she kept pulling back and I won't free her when she does that, but I don't feel like we made much progress.