Very interesting discussion - great to learn about the leather halters. I have a really old, soft leather halter that I'm going to use for floating - thanks for educating me, Heifer I always tie to baler twine.. usually an older piece. I feel it's safer to have their head at the front (Hon tries to get a glimpse of the cars behind her and I do not want her getting stuck), but if something happens, it'll (hopefully) break. I do not tie short, and I don't tie solid. But this is my choice - I feel they need to move to help balance themselves.