I got Jester back in 2010 and was told he didn't cross tie. Looking back, it was stupid of me, but I taught him to ground tie and didn't go further than that. He's been laid up since September after injuring his deep digital flexor tendon and we just got cleared on Monday to start working and riding again. Now, he's so eager to get out of the stall that he WON'T tie, and I don't really blame him, but I need him to stand still!
I don't have much experience with teaching a horse to tie. When I worked at the farm back in IL, I mainly taught horses to jump and wasn't a part of the breaking process. The general consensus around the farm where he's boarded at, and the farm where I keep my other horse, is to tie him to an immovable object and let him fight it. However, his problem isn't that he breaks the ties or his halter, it's that he slips out of his halter, leaving it suspended in the cross ties.
I'm also not sure that I want to let him "fight it out" because I don't want a reinjury of that tendon (these past 4 months have been awful). Anyone have experience with this method or success with another?