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  • Do panic snaps release from horse pressure
  • Bull snaps quick release

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    12-12-2012, 08:36 PM
  #11
Banned
Bull snaps have to be the most enefficient snap I have ever seen, they are a pain in the butt! I prefer just a regular snap, the sort you can use with one hand!!!
     
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    12-12-2012, 08:51 PM
  #12
Trained
I second the panic snap all over Germany....usually attached to a short, flimsy nylon rope....which burns sooo nice should your horse pull.
I hate them for lead ropes, in cross ties and the trailer they make lots of sense . I hate them because more than once I was left with the rope and lost my horse, because it had worked itself loose, when it wiggles a bit.
I've seen the snaps at different vet supplies, valleyvet, or jeffers, can't remember, but they're available
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    12-12-2012, 09:03 PM
  #13
Weanling
Slip knot... doesn't matter what snap it's easy to release
     
    12-12-2012, 09:15 PM
  #14
Trained
Slip knot and/or knife. I personally don't want to have to get close enough to freaked out head or front feet to use the panic snap, so I just cut the rope a few feet further out.
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    12-12-2012, 10:00 PM
  #15
Weanling
My problem with bull or bolt snaps is that you can't unhook them under pressure, when the rope is tight. With a quick release/panic snap you can't quickly release the horse even under extreme pressure. Yeah, you could cut it, but it's a lot faster, easier and safer to unhook a quick release snap than use a knife around a panicking horse. Plus, you don't sacrifice the lead rope in the process. Obviously this doesn't apply if you are just holding the rope and it isn't tied to anything ;) Then the 'open your hand and let go' method works. Haha.

Does that make sense? Think emergency situations where the rope is too tight to be unhooked by a bull snap or bolt snap.

I suppose I could make my own. That is generally the problem, I'll finally find one and then I don't like the rope. I don't know if I trust my craftsmanship to hold up if I made my own. I love the feel of yacht rope leads. Maybe I'll do a little research and see about making my own. That's a good idea.

Maybe I'm just too particular ;)
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    12-12-2012, 10:13 PM
  #16
Started
Tie to baling twine - it snaps by itself. So long as you use a double loop it won't snap unless the horse is panicking properly.

Regarding leading, there are very few cases where I'd let go of a lead when a horse pulled. Really quick way to teach them a dangerous bad habit. If they're the sort that throws the head up or pulls back a jerk or two on a rope halter will get them behaving. Otherwise IMHO so long as it's not actually dangerous, hang on (making sure of course that the lead isn't looped around your hand as it never should be). Cotton ropes generally don't burn too bad. A horse that knows he can pull away is a danger to himself and others, not to mention very annoying.
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    12-12-2012, 10:13 PM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tim62988    
slip knot... doesn't matter what snap it's easy to release
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
Slip knot and/or knife. I personally don't want to have to get close enough to freaked out head or front feet to use the panic snap, so I just cut the rope a few feet further out.
I'm going to have to disagree with you there. When a slip knot/quick release knot is under enough pressure the rope gets so tight that it is impossible to pull and release it. Speaking politely from experience.
There's also always the potential that an emergency happens and you don't have a knife on you.
     
    12-12-2012, 10:19 PM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by Tessa7707    
...There's also always the potential that an emergency happens and you don't have a knife on you.
Unless I'm naked, that isn't very likely. And if I am, then it would at least explain WHY the horse panicked!

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    12-12-2012, 10:19 PM
  #19
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Poor Mia
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    12-12-2012, 10:20 PM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by Tessa7707    
I'm going to have to disagree with you there. When a slip knot/quick release knot is under enough pressure the rope gets so tight that it is impossible to pull and release it. Speaking politely from experience.
There's also always the potential that an emergency happens and you don't have a knife on you.
I agree that a slip knot can get all bolluxed up and you can't get it undone, but I ALWAYS carry at least one knife and have several more in different places in the barn area. It's a pet peeve of mine to not have one around close to hand.
     

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