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  • Can you haul a horse in the trailer with the saddle on
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    07-10-2012, 10:01 PM
Naked or tacked up in the trailer

I'm just wondering how everyone else hauls their horses. Do you tack them up and haul them saddled to wherever you are going or do you haul them "naked" and tack them up once you arrive at your destination?

Also, what kind of trailer do you have; slant load, straight load, stock, etc? I can understand not hauling tacked horses in slant or straight loads just because there isn't room, but how about those folks who pull stock or stock combo trailers?

I'll start us out, I pull a stock trailer and I normally haul my horses fully tacked; saddle, bridle, the whole nine yards. Mostly, that's because I don't have a tack room in my trailer, but it's also because I like to be prepared when I get to my destination and not have to spend another 5-15 minutes getting tacked up and ready.

And just for grins and giggles, here is how Dobe hauls. I snapped these pix with my phone a few days back while we were checking cattle.

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    07-10-2012, 10:07 PM
I feel like hauling them fully tacked is dangerous, atleast with the bridle in. I say if you don't have 5-10minutes to tack them up leave a bit earlyer ;)
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    07-10-2012, 10:10 PM
I'd NEVER haul with a bridle on!!! Very dangerous. But, I do sometimes haul with saddles on. I tie up my stirrups over my saddle horn though, and never leave britchin on.
    07-10-2012, 10:12 PM
While I've never hauled tacked up I've seen it done many times without problem. I can understand without a tackroom but don't think it should always be done. Personal preferrence.

I do have a little pet peeve about bridles on horses when they don't need to be, just out of the horses comfort and possible hang ups with shank bits/reins etc. There is room in the trick for a bridle or two.
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    07-10-2012, 10:13 PM
Originally Posted by clipclopclip    
I'd NEVER haul with a bridle on!!! Very dangerous. But, I do sometimes haul with saddles on. I tie up my stirrups over my saddle horn though, and never leave britchin on.
Good idea on the stirrups! That's the fear I'd have...
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    07-10-2012, 10:17 PM
Never, ever, ever..just asking for trouble.....and IMO certainly not thinking about the horse in the slightest!
    07-10-2012, 10:17 PM
Why is hauling with the bridle on supposed to be dangerous? I mean, you have to make sure the reins are tied up so they can't fall and get stepped on, but other than that?
    07-10-2012, 10:20 PM
Green Broke
People just need something to gripe about

Aslong as they are tied up and out of the way it's not a big deal. Anything can happen at any moment anywhere at any time...who of you haul with shipping boots? That's dangerous too ya know............
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    07-10-2012, 10:22 PM
When I had a stock trailer, I hauled tacked up to the trails as it was easier to tack up at home, as I didn't have a tackroom in the old stock.
    07-10-2012, 10:22 PM
I haul my quiet horses tacked up but not bridled if we're going a short ways. If we're going on a long haul they have their fly sheet/masks, and shipping boots on. When we go up to the lake there just isn't room to tie and saddle your horses where we have to park and we have a stock trailer so I just stick them in there. There isn't anything for them to hang up on. And the horses I generally take fully saddled are totally broke and experienced. They have trailer ties on, where exactly are they going? Worst case scenario they bang against the trailer side and bang up my saddle! But they aren't going to get hurt.

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