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post #1 of 6 Old 03-23-2014, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Horses sites you wish you could comment on

Lately, I've been browsing the web for horse tips ect. since both my brother and my sister's boyfriend are thinking of getting working drafts for forestry work.
Out of the many sites that got my goat there was one certain one that stood out.
(I can't mention what it is because of filtering, but some of you might guess. Specifically I read the whole section on tying) I read it, and every post was miles long, lacking good grammar, and very, very single minded in view.
I was looking for some safe-tie tips, since the horses would be working around machinery and loud noises.
My rant/questions/I-don't-know-what-to-call-it is, does everybody agree with the idea that a horse should be solid tied every time it's tied? I was always taught that if you teach a horse to solid tie whilst its young, then you can tie it anywhere anyhow.
After a barn fire, I definitely disagree with the thoughts on this site. After all, if an aggressive dog is let loose on the yard, or there is a barn fire, how will the horses get free if its tied by a thick rope to a post?

Does anybody else have any sites they wish they could comment on? What would you say?

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-23-2014, 07:03 PM
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Welcome to the forum, SilverMoon! To answer your question, my answer is no, I do not think a horse should be solid tied. I have been taught the quick release, and agree. It makes sense in safety for the horse.... no matter how well trained, they are still prey animals, and have been created with a flight instinct that will probably last until the end of time. I'd rather be safe than sorry if one of my horses suffered a neck injury :)
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-23-2014, 07:14 PM
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Do you tie horses Solid or to something breakable

Check that out. Nice long thread with the debate on your question.

I'm missing the relevance of the question to the post/title.. If you are more curious I would start a thread asking about tying preference.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-23-2014, 09:57 PM
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I solid tie my horse, but with a quick release knot and never leave my horse unattended while she is tied. I have known horses that will pull back on a tie if they have learned that they can pull out of wherever they're tied to and get loose. I knew a horse that would pull out of cross ties because he had always been on cross ties with safety snaps and learned that he could just leave whenever he wanted to. One quick tug and he was free! This can be dangerous if the horse does try to pull out of a solid tie, or if the horse gets loose in a dangerous area. So I try to never give my horse the opportunity to learn that their halter or tie will set them loose when they pull, but I do stand by, ready to grab the quick release end of the rope if the horse gets into a panic. This way, I am still holding the end of the rope, and can maintain some control, but the horse is no longer solidly tied. I am extra cautious with young horses, when my horse is in a new environment, or when there are scary things going on that might spook my horse. Thus far, my own horses have all been good about standing quietly while tied and I have not had any accidents or injuries.

On the topic of replying to things. No, not really. If it's something I really don't agree with, I try to stay out of it, especially if the author is using bad grammar and poor logic. This usually indicates a person that is not the brightest and isn't likely to respond to a reasonable argument. It's really not worth my time to try to change the minds of people that refuse to be changed.

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-24-2014, 02:19 AM
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I think that if people are unsure about how to tie then they should not tie solid. Tying solid is fine but I think that to do it safely you have to be able to judge the horse, the equipment and situation.

Otherwise, tying to a string or other release device is probably safest.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-24-2014, 09:37 AM
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Teaching a horse to solid tie is a process - not something I would do without first training the horse to give to pressure. If you don't convince them from the get go that they can't run back and snap whatever it is you use to tie them with whenever they feel like it then they will do exactly that
So saying - once the horse is trained then I do like to have a fast release method just in case an emergency situation arises - I personally like the quick release clips used at the tie point rather than at the halter because I rather not be getting that close to a horse that's in a panic.
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