Xanthoria-Very sad. I am not talking about getting tangled. I think that has a lot to do with how the horse is hooked up( the way the human sets up the highline). I am talking about a horse freaking out bc he cannot get away. My guy is fine tied to the side of the trailer, with a Blocker tie ring, however, I am never far away. I am probably going to be ok, but I am very nervous.
I do not use breakaway halters bc I had a horse about 20 yrs ago, and he learned to snap his head out of the breakaway halter while he was cross-tied, ran out of the barn, and he kept doing it every time I changed the breakaway parts. Then I had to retrain him to stand while tied. it was a whole nightmare.
Phantom- when he is tied in a trailer, he panics, and I can’t get him unhooked fast enough. The breakaway ties have failed on me 2x, to where they don’t open, they just break. He is amazing to load, he rides great, he just panics when he feels his head is tied. ONLY does it in the trailer, but I don’t know what he would do highlined. I know I need to practice with him somewhere. But even practice doesn’t ensure he won’t feel trapped on a high line.