I also forgot to mention up top there that he had been with a herd of horses that were abandoned when he was probably a month old and then the herd was soon caught and sent to auction. Would that be part of the negativity towards the rope possibly? It's not humans anymore.. That was a long 5 hours for my sister.. and a year for everyone else.. But I have never seen any horse afraid of ropes and halters before CJ came along and it's boggling my mind.
A horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care.