Naked or tacked up in the trailer - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 24
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.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
smrobs is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:07 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,877
• Horses: 0
I feel like hauling them fully tacked is dangerous, atleast with the bridle in. I say if you dont have 5-10minutes to tack them up leave a bit earlyer ;)
shaggy likes this.
Casey02 is offline  
post #3 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:10 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cortez Colorado
Posts: 26
• Horses: 0
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.
clipclopclip is offline  
post #4 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:12 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,143
• Horses: 0
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
Zeke is offline  
post #5 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:13 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,143
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by clipclopclip View Post
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...
Posted via Mobile Device
clipclopclip likes this.
Zeke is offline  
post #6 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:17 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Midwest, USA
Posts: 688
• Horses: 0
never, ever, ever..just asking for trouble.....and IMO certainly not thinking about the horse in the slightest!

Horsepower: the extraordinary capacity of a horse to elevate the human spirit!

My castle is my barn ;)
eclipseranch is offline  
post #7 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:17 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Posts: 2,475
• Horses: 1
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?
Sharpie is offline  
post #8 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:20 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,841
• Horses: 0
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............
Posted via Mobile Device
Dressage10135 likes this.
Cowgirls Boots is offline  
post #9 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:22 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,762
• Horses: 3
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.
waresbear is offline  
post #10 of 61 Old 07-10-2012, 10:22 PM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ashland, OR
Posts: 8,430
• Horses: 1
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.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
SorrelHorse is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Daddy Sleeps Naked Roperchick Jokes and Funnies 3 02-28-2010 03:35 PM
Im SO excited Naked Liberty was shipped today travlingypsy Horse Talk 2 02-06-2010 02:14 AM
Sheath Cleaning and Naked Heels/Fetlock missy06 Horse Health 11 02-14-2009 11:23 PM
Naked Denny!! JustDressageIt Horse Pictures 23 02-02-2009 08:56 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome