This is why you should always use safety snaps in cross ties!!

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This is why you should always use safety snaps in cross ties!!

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    10-23-2011, 11:25 PM
Green Broke
Angry This is why you should always use safety snaps in cross ties!!

So today I had a bit of a scare!!

I was getting Oliver ready to ride and had him in the cross ties, he is an angel in the cross ties. I was wrapping his hind polos when suddenly the barn owners dog came bursting in throughbthe side door barking. This set my poor little guy off (while I'm bent over wrapping his legs!) Oliver spun around and pulled back. So now he facing the opposite way and he has managed to get the cross tie under his jaw and it's pulled tight around his neck...the stupid cross tie didn't break, he is practically sitting down, scrambling and being choked! His front legs where flailing around and his head jerking violently so I couldn't get in there to get him loose! (by the way the dog this whole time is at my horses butt growling and barking!!) the cross tie finally ripped and he was free, only to get full on blasted by the hardware snap in the face!

This is why if you cross tie your horse you should use the safety snaps, if a horse pulls back it releases and things like this do not happen! This cross tie was gerry-rigged with no safety snap, and from the hook eye in the wall the cross tie was snapped to a front blanket buckle! I did not happen to notice this as Oliver is a saint in cross ties! The way it was rigged up is why he almost strangled himself!

I was the only one there and called the barn owners, had to leve a message but locked the dog in a empty stall with a bucket of water so that was notbto happen again! I called my trainer (her day off) and explained what happend so she said she would talk to the barn owners ASAP and in person tomorrow to clear it up.

Now my poor guy is scared of dogs, was a little weary before but now hates them! Can't blame him though! Little skittish in the cross ties but amazingly not pulling back! Oliver has a rope burn on his throat latch arera goi g up to his poll, he was wheezing and coughing cause it got pulled so tight!

Anyways that's how my day was! How was yours!?
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    10-23-2011, 11:52 PM
Green Broke
Glad your boy is ok but geez...I love dogs but that is not a good mix. If the dog can't leave the horses strictly alone it shouldn't EVER be allowed around them.
    10-24-2011, 12:01 AM
Green Broke
Thank you!! Yeah she doesnt allow any other dogs on the property but let's hers run loose. The dog thot he was maybe herding my guy cause he was a boarder collie, other dog is a small black lap. Earlier, before this happened the dogs where chasing my trainers horses in the pastures and I had to keep chasing them away!
    10-24-2011, 12:09 AM
Sooo... the BO was not around, but let her dogs roam the Barn area? Unsupervised?
    10-24-2011, 12:12 AM
Green Broke
Yeah! I guess maybe to guard the property!? So stupid!
    10-24-2011, 12:25 AM
Green Broke
Wow scary so sorry this happened!! Glad to hear your boy is ok!
    10-24-2011, 12:34 AM
What?! That's insane. I don't even let MY dogs roam on MY property or in MY barn when I'm home, let alone when I'm away. I would be PISSED. You pay to keep your horse in a safe place where he is comfortable, yes?
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    10-24-2011, 12:34 AM
Green Broke
Thank you!! I just am glad it wasnt worse, like the dog biting him! Or him fully choking, or breaking his neck! Loosing and eye!

All things considered we got out clean!
    10-24-2011, 12:35 AM
Thank god he is alright, but I never really believed that cross ties are nessisary. A horse should be mature enough to stand on its own without having the cross ties baby-sitting them. Seeing as you have faced the dangers of the cross ties maybe you will choose not to use them.

Although there is absolutely NO reason that dog should have been running loose if it is that misbehaved. If they didn't appologize I would be seriously displeased with them.

(I train dogs, and that is just rediculous. I also train my horse like I do my dogs, so my horse knows the stay command. He will not move a muscle and I can just walk away and get my tack.)
    10-24-2011, 12:42 AM
Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar    
Thank you!! I just am glad it wasnt worse, like the dog biting him! Or him fully choking, or breaking his neck! Loosing and eye!

All things considered we got out clean!
My oldest "baby" a 20 year old QH mare did lose an eye from a cross tying accident. We RARELY use them anymore... But occasionally they are a good aid. Like when using the clippers on my Percheron's mane. She is a 2 year old, so she is unpredictable as it is, and with clippers in hand, it just helps with control. All of our cross ties have easy release for the event of a panic or emergency. Again, I would be raising a stink. That's your hard earned money that paid for the dog to be in the barn and for your horse to be terrified.
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