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post #11 of 13 Old 08-11-2009, 03:29 PM
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I had a Thoroughbred mare that learned that anytime she pulled back the halter would break. I had always used either a nylon or leather halter, and after the first few times, I went and got a standard rope halter and tied her with a quick release tie to make sure I could untie it if I had to, and I tied her up like normal to tack her up, and when she pulled back, she wasn't able to break anything, as she was tied to a metal tie rail cemented into the ground. After that she stopped trying to pull back. I would not use that method on a horse that is truly scared to be tied though. I felt comfortable doing it with her only because her entire reason for pulling back was because she could, and she was able to run home. Not because she was actually scared. If she's scared, I would start by just looping the lead rope over the rail 3 times, so its tight enough that she'll feel pressure when she pulls back, but it will end up coming undone quick enough if she's that scared, and just work with her, give her treats or whatever as long as she's good, and work your way up to actually tying the rope.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-11-2009, 03:43 PM
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My mare used to break things when she was tied... It was years ago.
My uncle bought a rope halter and tied her about a foot and a half away from a tree and let her go at it. When she finally quit, she hasn't broken anything on purpose since... but now I use crossties or a quick release knot.

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post #13 of 13 Old 08-11-2009, 04:45 PM
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Neck ropes can not tighten around the neck. They are fixed length like the girth and can not cut off the wind. Around here neck ropes are the norm for any horse tied in public. I wouldn't consider a halter as safe.
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