The thing about it, is that I don't believe in giving horses the luxury of escaping the tie ring. Like my earlier post about how my string of horses stand, they don't get to get away of their own accord. When they start thinking and using their brain, they get a release of pressure - Which is them coming forward and standing quietly.
There are SO many people around here who use the blocker ring because their horse pulls back and let me tell you, I hate it. We go out to races here, I have four horses with me, park next to someone who uses them and when their horse does escape (Because they will, if they are mischievous enough) and suddenly you've got a loose horse next to my trailer, riling up my lot. Not to mention to two hundred other trailers out there, some with kids on ponies, arena drags lying around, open stalls and trailers, people in the middle of competing, and suddenly there's a loose horse on asphalt running a muck.
You will not always have the luxury of being able to supervise your horse when they pull away from that ring. And even if you do, there will come a time still when he pulls back and you are underneath him - Or you just aren't quick enough and he gets away from you.
I am sure plenty of people are going to jump in and disagree with me, but let me tell you it happens constantly - I can't seem to get through a show without somebody's equine removing themselves from the angelic tie ring. It is one of my biggest pet peeves as a producer and as an exhibitor. At the very worst case scenario, your horse pulls back, he only hurts himself - He pulls back and gets loose, he runs the risk of hurting someone else, maybe even a kid or another horse.
Anyway, in my experience as scary as pulling back is to most people - A good majority of the time the horses do not hurt themselves unless they are truly, truly idiots. Which in that case, I believe stupid should hurt. Of course that's just me.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.