When I first started working with her she had an occasional pull back issue. No specific thing would set it off, but there were a few broken halters over the first 3 or 4 years. One time we were at a clinic and she was tied in the barn aisle, she pulled back, and pulled right out of her halter. Neat trick.
Because of these incidents, I bought Tie-Blocker rings to use when tying to the trailer.
|The Tie Blocker Ring. Expensive, but I got them for a good deal online.|
One summer the owner had a couple of young horses, one of which was Cisco, that needed to learn how to be tied. I picked up a trailer tie, a nylon web one that has a panic snap at one end and a bull snap at the other end, and we attached that to the fence post using bale twine, just in case one of the young guys had a panic attack while learning how to tie. The panic snap end was the end that would attach to the halter (I don't want a strap attached to the horse with a large clip flapping around on the end of it).
|An unimpressed Phantom tied to the trailer with the Tie Blocker ring after returning home from a lesson a few years ago.|
On to the next day. She was clipped to the trailer tie and I started grooming. Again, something caused her serious offense, so she pulled back. The snap released, nothing broke, she stayed.
I hooked her back up. Two minutes later, she pulled back again.
I hooked her up once more. I swear to God, 30 seconds later, she looked at me, slightly rocked back, and the panic snap released. And she stood there with a huge shit-eating grin on her face. You horse people know what I mean. That smug look of pride they get when they think they've been smart.
I thought "fuck this" and hard tied her to that post with the lead shank. A minute later she rocked back again.
This time though, there was no panic snap to release. Instead, the halter tightened on her head. She went "aww, crap" and took a step forward.
And she hasn't pulled back since.
Not even last week, when I walked away from her after tying her to a stall in the aisle, and she looked in the stall and saw the scariest thing inside that she's ever seen in a stall - a poofy dog bed. She danced around at the end of the shank, but didn't set back and didn't break the halter.
|The horse eating dog bed.|