We do use the Blocker Tie Ring at my stable and it, sadly, doesn't help. We have tried to keep her tied so it gives it but doesn't break but that only serves to make her panic more until it's dangerous for everyone involved. We don't want to risk someone get hit or Sophie falling and hurting herself while she panics ...
I certainly haven't heard of the method with the long rope and the ring,
Pardon that I didn't read this before my last reply. Essentially, the 'method with the long rope and the ring' IS
the 'method' you use with a tie ring. You don't put the horse in a 'sink or swim' situation she's likely to panic. Equipment such as this doesn't work all by itself, it's a training tool.
She is, for whatever reason, frightened of being tied. So she panics & pulls back. This has a) likely confirmed some of her fear about this situation, by causing her pain, when she pulled hard enough to break something or flip and b) taught her she can get loose, escape from the situation. So, to keep putting her back in that situation is only likely to further confirm her attitude/reaction. And if she is put in a situation where she's tied stronger, can't easily break away, she will likely just 'try' harder, panic more.
Many people suggest to just tie her with something really strong(& wide around her neck & high, to reduce risk of injury), TO
something really strong - ie not your average fence post or rail!, and just leave her to fight it out until she gives up, learns it's useless. I don't personally like this sort of approach, because I think the *motivation & attitude* behind the behaviour is more important, relevant & effective to change. This method doesn't do anything to reduce the horse's fear, just 'break' them of the hope of trying to escape. Behaviouralists call this 'learned helplessness'.
With the 'long rope method', if you like to call it that, whether you use a Tie Ring, a regular ring, rope wrapped around a rail, abseilers 'figure 8'(discovered these work great & way cheaper than Tie Rings), whatever... you use *gradual desensitisation* to get her used to being in that situation and with feeling pressure from the lead to stay there, and you *avoid/minimise* causing more 'practice' being afraid & panicking.
So... I'd start leading her into the 'tie spot' & just standing there with her. If she's fine, go to 'phase 2'. If not, use 'approach & retreat' - bringing her in, taking her out, before she gets very nervous, until she realises it's nothing *& she's not pulling on you at all* Then asking to stand for gradually longer, as she can manage. Once she's *calmly* standing there, phase 2....
I'd use at least about 15' rope. The reason for a long rope(& your situation may call for longer, as SilverMaple described) is that she can go as far as she feels the need, without actually getting loose. But if she's in a smallish yard or... has a round pen to back into or something, that saves you having to have acres of rope!
Not that, IME they tend to go that
far anyway. I'd run the rope through the ring(or whatever) ONCE
to start with. So there is practically no 'grab' on it at all. You keep hold
of the loose rope, 'wind it in' so it's as short as it would be if tied. But you're holding the slack. *In such a way it can run through your hands when she pulls back. This is where gloves come in handy, because you want to put *a little* pressure on it as she pulls back, but not enough to cause her more fear. And if she's able to back out of the situation without feeling trapped, she will not be so reactive about it & soon get over her fear of being 'tied' with that much pressure, so it gives you a base to gradually build on. Each time she rushes backwards, you just wait for her to stop & calm, then calmly reel her back in. Rinse & repeat until she is no longer worried about standing there.
THEN you can *gradually* increase the 'grab' by taking another wrap around the rail or whatever. It will still give *easily* if she pulls back, but she will feel more pressure/discomfort when pulling on it. Do as above with that amount of pressure, before increasing a bit more. Etc.
By the time you've got to using firm enough to be difficult for her(but still yielding, for safety - although it may be strong enough not to yield to a puny human) pressure, she should be fine with it. At that point, I would leave it at that, for a while at least, just 'tie' her like that. She's unlikely to panic by then, but if she does, she's still not tied firm, to feel really trapped & escalate panic or risk of injury. I do tend to still tie mine in that manner(or far lighter), when it's safe to do so - because you never know. But I'd avoid tying her firm until she's reliable & had lots
of practice *in different situations* with that 'phase'.