I am getting sick of DJ and her "breaking off" game while being tied up.. I know she can tie up perfectly fine, she isn't scared of being tied up, and she isn't sore(been checked), but she loses her head when I take Mitch away and leave her tied on her own.
I am seriously sick of this, the last time she did this I was riding Mitch, and she promptly galloped up and barged into the side of him then kicked him in the chest, having the poor boy freak out, jump sideways and bolt for all of about 2m where he realised I wasn't going to stay on if he kept going(saint of a horse froze on the spot at this point). Oh man I could have laid her in the ground for that one. Considering earlier in the day Mitch was tied up quite nicely minding his own business, she broke off from elsewhere, jumped the fence and proceeded to gallop THROUGH Mitchs lead rope between his head and the fence, breaking him off his tie and sending him panicking.
I would like advice on tying her solidly to an unbreakable object, and having her halter and lead withstand her 14.3, 450kg frame, that just keeps pulling till something gives way..
We have many tree's around here, but unfortunately for me they are all enclosed in fences, not ideal to tie to. There is one tree that has a fence right up against it (5 wire, not electric) that I probably could use, but having a fence there still worries me (can take photos in morning) so our solution has been to build a rather thick hitching rail.
The uprights are 2.1m long and 250-300mm in diameter, they will be driven into the ground 1m with the hydraulic post ram on the back of the tractor, the tops of the poles will have a notch cut out of them. The horizontal post, 2m long, and about 150-200mm diameter, will have a notch cut out of it at each end and be slotted into the uprights, there will then be a bolt that goes through the top of both posts, and lays flush with the posts so nobody gets hurt. nothing sticks out anywhere, there are no sharp edges on it, and i'm hoping that it will withstand the force of my mare pulling back.
I can take photos once the hitching rail is finished, but from the description, is it likely to hold to her, or am I going to have to find another way?
The next problem I have, is what do I use as a halter and rope, I have plenty of flat nylon halters, and a couple standard rope halters, but will they hold? And I know a standard lead rope won't hold, it will just snap at the clip if enough force is put on it, so what sort of rope should I look out for?
NZ's largest horse show is next week, so I can go shopping for "unbreakable tie items" there
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I'm not playing her game anymore, this is going to end, and it's going to end my way.