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post #41 of 48 Old 10-26-2011, 02:45 PM
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Even on the owner's property?
Yes, even the owner's dog on the owner's property because HARRYING livestock is the key here. This is a very much cattleman's state and so dogs that chase ANYTHING are fair game. Actually, I don't know anyone here who would not have shot their own dog for causing that incident. I know that sounds harsh, but a dog hassling the livestock (cows) can run the profit right off of them in no time and I've seen myself how much damage (lost $$$) 1 little dog can cause if it gets in the hen house.

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post #42 of 48 Old 10-26-2011, 02:48 PM
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Here in Germany if a forestmeister or farmer sees a dog attacking or DISTURBING wildlife/livestock they can shoot to kill with no repercussions. I agree with Dreamcatcher, if the dog was coming towards it, I'd have aimed a good ol' boot at it to get it away from my horse.

Perhaps my termanology isn't the best? Is cross ties where you tie your horse up either side? I have to do this with my mare as she is too long to stand attached to one side, and I don't trust her as yet to let her go. I use one dog clip style lead rope, and another quick release. She had learnt a quick tug would free her, so, she can get off the quick release, but then she's stuck. She now knows not to. We're not allowed to use bailing twine, however I am looking to invest in those wee quick release strap things, so I tie her up in a leather headcollar. Nylon ones won't break in an emergency...


Here's a horse in cross ties (just a random picture not one of mine, not my barn either). Typically they aren't set up correctly, which is another reason I don't like to use them. I had a mare decide to flip out in the ties once and no one could get to the quick release snaps, the builder had put them up at the top of the posts (12 feet in the air) and no one could reach them. The actual 'ties' were chains and didn't break so it was pretty tense for a while. Ever since then, I've been very adamant about not using cross ties.


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Thanks Dreamcatcher Arabians, I was right! I have mind tied at my elbow level, so again, quick release.

I think they're brill personally and give the rider/groomer more security as compared to a horse tied on a single lead rope.
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post #44 of 48 Old 10-26-2011, 03:15 PM
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give the rider/groomer more security as compared to a horse tied on a single lead rope.
Yes. There is a lot of freedom with tacking up and grooming in crossties. You can move all around the horse with out having to move the horse off a wall. Bathing or hosing is easier.

We have panic snaps at both ends of our cross ties.
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I would have taken my crop or a leadrope after that dog...sorry, I don't put up with behavior like that, my dog or anyone elses...the dog only added to your horse's aggravation.

Another reason I ALWAYS carry a pocket knife everywhere with me as well...you never know when you may need to cut a rope. I would rather have to replace a lead rope than my horse.

I am glad your horse is okay!

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post #46 of 48 Old 10-27-2011, 03:09 AM
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Bailing twine at the top ends of the cross ties is an easy fix to keep this from happening. If the horse pulls just enough, it will snap. Safety snaps on cross ties often don't release when they really need to.
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post #47 of 48 Old 11-13-2011, 11:00 AM
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I am so glad your horse is alright!

Break-away ties are sooo important!!! Except for the fact that my gelding has figured out that if he pulls he can get loose in order to graze. He never runs off thank-fully! Yesterday while I was tacking up he pulled loose 6 times! He is soo funny!
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post #48 of 48 Old 11-13-2011, 11:33 AM
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I have never used cross-ties, but was thinking of installing them in my new grooming area (which I have yet to build on the end of my barn). My boys don't pull back when tied but they do move around a lot. I thought the cross ties might help with this- am I incorrect?
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