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post #1 of 9 Old 01-13-2013, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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How Do YOU Attach Cross Ties?

So, if you are a person who uses cross ties on your horse, where do you connect them? On the rings near the muzzle or on their jowl/cheek? and Why?

I've always seen people at my barn use them near the muzzle, but have recently seen others use it on the cheek/jowl ring. I feel like with the latter, the horse would have a bit more freedom while grooming/tacking up.

What do you guys do? Why?

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-13-2013, 09:49 PM
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I've always done the rings near the muzzle, but I suppose I don't have a good reason why -- that's just the way I was shown how to do it and the way I've always done it. I've seen people doing it near the cheeks, but it doesn't appear to be much different as far as I can tell.
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I always cross tie by the muzzle, I was always tought to do it that way. My biggest peeve with the cross ties is not where its snapped but where the quick release snap is. I think it should always be by the wall, not the horse. If your horse is bugging out how safe is it to approach it and how likely are you to reach the quick release snap.
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I have never ever seen anyone use the cheek ring. I was always taught to use the two on either side of the nuzzle.
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I have never ever seen anyone use the cheek ring. I was always taught to use the two on either side of the muzzle.
Same here
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Either side of the muzzle is considered the 'correct' way as it keeps the snaps that little bit further away from the eye and if you need to grab one of the cross ties and turn a horses head to move him over or around a bit it is a lot easier turning his nose rather than his cheek! I also clip straight under the chin also sometimes, just depends
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Ohhh ok now it makes sense, especially the eye thing! Thanks so much everyone!!!

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I clip by the muzzle since I get worried my horse might pull back and get slammed in the eye with the clip.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-14-2013, 04:48 PM
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The side rings on the halter. My horse is huge and thus he needs a bit more wiggle room else it just would stretch his face if it connected to the ring under his chin.

I always tie bailing twine to the cross tie to attach that to the wall instead of putting it on with its clip. That way the twine breaks instead of the cross tie or the wall....

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