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post #31 of 34 Old 07-28-2013, 06:51 PM
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Another option, me just thinking here and putting this out there. Perhaps leave the horse for dead earlier, go to hang the guy, when they gallop off he is hanging their struggling. His injured horse comes wandering up, comes to check him out, and he grabs the reins with his feet, reins being tied to the saddle horn. This would all happen in minutes, obviously, and you could have the already weak man struggle to keep his lame horse still. If his hands are bound, it only takes a few fingers really to hold onto the reins. The horse could be limping, wandering to follow the other horses but comes across him. I'm not sure if you want the guy to die or not, but said lame horse could bleed out and fall to the ground leaving the man to die rather gruesomely. Or he could struggle out of the noose and binding, and be stuck with a crippled horse.

I could see a horse that is confident with people coming up to one flailing in a tree, especially if it was his horse, but no horse would do it if it were flighty. I'm certain my horses would come up to me and nibble at my toes, although I certainly would have any sort of athletic ability to hand myself the reins, much less be asphyxiated and still be kicking.
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post #32 of 34 Old 07-28-2013, 07:54 PM
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Is HF going to be in the credits? lol....
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post #33 of 34 Old 07-28-2013, 11:22 PM
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I wouldn't have his hands tied in front of him as that's just not how things were done in those days. Hands tied in front were too easy to get out of and escape. Even today, we don't handcuff criminals in front of them because they would still pose an incredible risk to those handling him.

If you want the horse to stand there for an extended period of time (more than just a few hours), then he'd likely need to be tied to make it even remotely believable. My horses will stay tied for days if I leave them, though a horse can only really last a couple days in the heat before likely going down from dehydration. A horse can survive weeks without food easily, but they are dead in days without water.

Of course, something that spooks a horse is likely to cause him to move enough to get out from under the man being hung. Even a tied horse, if it were to move around the tree, would be far enough away for the man to hang as he had no support (similar to what happened in Maverick but the horse would move just a little farther)
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After three days the man would also likely be dead from dehydration... Just saying. And yes I would think hobbles or tying the horse would force it to stay for the longest time period... But the question would be why? If they are hoping for him to be hung then no one would do either of these things as they would WANT the horse to leave so that the man hangs.

I think the average horse would hang out about 1 minute to 5 hours... Then it would start to graze and wander off even if Recently fed. Horses are designed to eat continually.
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