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So my mare is too smart for her own good. A few weeks ago, she spooked herself in the crossties when she knocked a bucket of brushes over. She snapped her quick-release halter, and at the time I was thankful for it as she was really freaked out.

Now, however, she knows she can escape and it has become a game. She snapped her quick-release again a couple weeks later, out of the blue with no spook. I switched her into a regular, non quick-release after this, hoping that would solve it. But she’s figured out how to yank her head out, and has escaped twice from her regular halter.

She doesn’t seem to know what to do after it happens—she escapes and then just looks smug. She will turn around towards the door as if she’s going to bolt out, but has yet to actually do it. I’ve been dealing with her being pretty herd-bound to a foal in her paddock, and I have a feeling it’s only a matter of time before she tries to bolt back to the baby.

How do I knock this behaviour? I don’t want her to hurt herself or anyone else, and I’m not really sure how to get it across to her that this isn’t ok!
 

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Hopefully because it's only happened a few times, it's not a confirmed thing for her just yet, so hope won't take too much to get her back to 'trained to tie'. I'd start with haltering her on a long rope with a 'tie ring' or have it looped around a rail a couple of times - enough to provide some pressure but not enough to hold firm or tho break when she's tied. A wide neck collar wouldn't be a bad move either. Then give her a few tie up refreshers, ensure she's good with that & realises while she might pull back, she won't get away - you reel her back in again.

Then, using that collar, or a wide, flat, strong halter, I'd loop that rope around until she was pretty much 'tied firm' - but in worst case, she should be able to still pull back a bit without breaking anything or escaping. I'd then ensure she was tied safely & firmly with strong gear that she can't break.
 
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