Originally Posted by Joe4d
I don't see the point in tying in a trailer. The cut gates/buttbars are closed, the doors are closed, where they going to go ?
Mine isn't so much to keep the horse in place, but rather his head. My arab likes to stretch his long neck around and gets himself all folded up. In addition, it also keeps two horses from nipping at each other either by trying to reach around/through whatever is dividing the horse's heads or under the rails.
I also do it for convenience, It's a lot easier to clip a lead rope on through the window on the side when you can grab the rope they're tied to rather than grabbing straight at their face to get the halter and their heads are looking all around this cool new place you've brought them to. Plus, I don't want a horse backing out before I'm ready, so the trailer tie keeps them secured until I'm ready to bring them out.
Oh, and might I mention, we took my Arab to a ride once in a friend's trailer. We loaded him the correct direction in the back section of a slant load but didn't tie him. When we started going, we felt a lot of movement at first and then he was still for the rest of the ride - however, this is apparently what the cars behind us got to look at during our entire drive there: 2012-05-20 15.28.52.jpg
I tie him now.