Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I've never really used crossties because I think they put everything in a bad position, and because of the way they are secured, if there isn't slack they can be hard to undo, hard to get to without danger, and will just cause more panic.
Not good about the dog - but really if its the first time this has happened it could just be an accident. Not saying it excuses anything but accidents happen to everyone, dogs get out, horses get out, it happens. Everyone's jumping on this barn owner, but I wouldn't believe that everyone on here had never had an animal escape accidentally.
I always tie with one rope, a quick release not that will pull free, and if not, I know given enough pressure the rope will snap, crosstie chains don't though. But with one rope, I think a horse is more likely to calm, they can turn and look, swing around.
I'm happy everyone is safe though.