Originally Posted by AnnieB538
Of course, if horses were taught manners from a young age, this discussion would not be taking place. Personally, I tie them solid from day one, and never had a puller. If they struggle, they learn they cannot break free and stand still. Idiots with little or no experience, do the weirdest things around their horses, can scare them, and so starts the cycle. I have used a loop of bungie for years adn it has never broken. The loop is tied to the solid ring, and the lead rope tied to the loop. Has never failed me. I suggest you invest in good quality bungie that is meant for actual bungie jumping...this is super strong, meant to save peoples lives during a jump. It is not a bungie tie like you buy for car roof racks!! I have owned a yard (barn) for 22 years and it has never failed.
I agree with the belief that good solid training with a young horse is the best solution to future tying issues. Of course we don't live in a perfect world and not all horses get such a start.
This thread has been interesting, a couple of things that intrigued me was the comment about the horse that broke its neck. I have come to the conclusion that in ALL aspects of horses random, freaky tragic accidents happen. For every horse that breaks its neck when tied solid 10,000 probably don't (this is not an official percentage by the way lol). I have found in my own experience that once a horse has had a fight with a rope and lost, this leads to them being more compliant with any form of rope restriction. Horses that know they can't bet a rope are generally easier to lead, and quicker to pick up lunging techniques and also if frightened while under the constriction of a rope tend to settle a lot faster than a horse that has had a fright and is now also fighting the rope. Notice I said in MY experience and used the word 'generally'.
Personally I like the rope around the neck and watch them try to pull their own head off method of teaching to tie, but that's just me.