08-24-2010, 10:14 PM
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I would think a chain is more likely to break than a good leadrope without snaps & buckles....
I don't advise you tie her solid at all if she's not desensitised & confident being tied. Horses, being prey animals are naturally apt to panic when trapped, and can hurt themselves(& others, & fences, etc) when they fight, regardless of whether they're on something breakable(they can flip, escape...) or unbreakable, in which case they may break themselves instead - neck injuries, esp. From equipment such as thin, strong rope halters. It's also not very productive to future training & getting her to tie confidently if she already has the panic association established.
I would use a long lead (at least 12') and take a couple of wraps around the rail, or if you don't have appropriate rail, you can use something like a 'Blocker Tie Ring'(of which I will always use in a trailer, never tie solid there). This allows her to get used to being 'tied', but if she panics, the rope will slide & she can move her feet, backup & calm down. Then you just reel her back in. I would work in this manner, until she is confident standing without backing up in all sorts of situations before I'd consider a horse safe to tie firm.