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    Breakaway Clips

    I have horse that is terrible with tying. Used to be great but freaked out in cross ties one day and now he just freaks and pulls back every time he is tied. I am trying to work with him and he is getting better. He will tie nicely now but still hasn't gotten over the cross ties. I do have the velcro breakaway cross ties. However the other day he was tied to the trailer and pulled back and broke his halter. Usually I just use a bit of hay string to tie him and that breaks easily rather than his halter. A few weeks ago I saw these things on tack of the day. It looked alot like a carabiner (those things used for climbing or more popular for putting key rings on). You hooked it to the ring on a trailer and when the horse pulls back, the clip is made to come apart (not break). I really want to get some of these as it would be easier than hay string, but I can't find anything like it!! Anyone ever seen this or know of something similar? Or any other reccomendations are appreciated as well.

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    Are you possibly asking about a Blocker tie ring? They don't breakaway,but they do let the rope slide. A very good tool for horses with pulling back issues.
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    How could letting the horse break away be beneficial? By allowing the horse to break free you are rewarding bad behavior. What if he pulls loose at a show while tied to the trailer? That's never a good situation. The blocker tie ring will help solve the issue when used properly.
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    I just got a blocker tie ring and have been using it almost 2 weeks on my new mare. She broke 2 halters in 2 days from spooking, pulling back, then panicking. She challenged it on the first day, but not since. She needs a lot of work with desensitizing still for sure, but I can at least tie her safely now. I will say that she simply walked off with level 1 support, but with level 2, she is very respectful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERollison View Post
    That's EXACTLY what I was looking for!!! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepsouth View Post
    How could letting the horse break away be beneficial? By allowing the horse to break free you are rewarding bad behavior. What if he pulls loose at a show while tied to the trailer? That's never a good situation. The blocker tie ring will help solve the issue when used properly.
    If he's going to break away anyway, I'd rather him snap a clip than break a leather halter. He has gotten a lot better but if he's going to break away I'd rather him break a clip than either break a halter or not be able to break anything and flip over or something. He never goes anywhere when he gets loose. I have no idea what or how a blocker tie ring works but if you can explain it, I will look into that instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by equineeventer33 View Post
    If he's going to break away anyway, I'd rather him snap a clip than break a leather halter. He has gotten a lot better but if he's going to break away I'd rather him break a clip than either break a halter or not be able to break anything and flip over or something. He never goes anywhere when he gets loose. I have no idea what or how a blocker tie ring works but if you can explain it, I will look into that instead.
    A blocker tie ring is more of a training device. It seems to work best for horses that may panic when tied. If they spook and pull back, the rope slides through so the horse can "get away" from whatever scared it, but resistance is still being applied the whole time so once the horse realizes it isn't trapped and stops pulling back, the pressure stops. You can google blocker tie ring and there are video clips showing how it works. It has worked well for us so far.

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