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post #1 of 24 Old 04-07-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Is this okay?!

Yesterday I was driving through the country and I seen a man driving through the field with horses attached to the back of the truck running behind.

I talked to my friend that lives in the area and he said that he does it all the time and does it for exercise! I couldn't believe it and NEVER heard of anyone doing this because its so dangerous.

Does anyone know of people doing this or is it just this guy? Im sure there were people out there that have done that same but jeez

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post #2 of 24 Old 04-07-2012, 01:03 PM
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Sounds dangerous to hard is it to get a lead rope or lunge line & lunge the **** horse?!
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post #3 of 24 Old 04-07-2012, 01:05 PM
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It's dangerous, but his danger is probably reduced if he does it often enough - they just get used to it. I've ponied horses off of a vehicle, but never tied them to it while doing so. I'd hold the line in my hand and would make extra sure there were no loops that would snag me.
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post #4 of 24 Old 04-07-2012, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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That is EXACTLY what I said! And the price of gas I would rather do the work lol I think its just laziness and stupidity.

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post #5 of 24 Old 04-07-2012, 03:18 PM
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LOL Oh man I want a video of that. Sounds like it wouldn't cause any harm if he knows what he's doing, could be made safer with a quick release snap. I mean... I've tied and worked a pony behind a golf cart at a little more than a walk before, but never heard of doing it from a truck

Edit: I didn't tie the pony, I was holding her lead rope from the golf cart. My bad x)
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post #6 of 24 Old 04-07-2012, 03:22 PM
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The farmers and ranchers do it here all the time, trotting them down the roads and even the highway to get from one place to another. Heck, I have trotted 3 horses tied to the back of my 4 wheeler to move down the road..
Not a big deal if you do it carefully and the horses are used to it.
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post #7 of 24 Old 04-08-2012, 05:57 PM
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we had a horse that got out and wanderd off so my dad went looking for her in the truck, he had no way to get her and the truck back so he tied her and drove really slow and somehow she got the rope around her nose and could barely breathe but he got her loose before anything bad happend. i dont know how he ended up getting her home, i was at our state ffa convention or i woulda rode her home. that horse was a *****.
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post #8 of 24 Old 04-08-2012, 09:54 PM
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I used to work at a barn near a polo barn and we would often see the grooms "exercising" the polo ponies by tying 2-4 of them to a quad and driving them up and down the roads, looked sketchy to me and I never would with my horse, but the horses seemed well trained and used to it. I have also heard of farmers doing that to move multiple horses from pasture to pasture... To each their own I guess, like said by other people if you are safe and the horses are well trained to it, I guess no harm
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post #9 of 24 Old 04-08-2012, 09:58 PM
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Growing up our ponies pasture was a mile from the main barn and we'd have to bring them to the house pretty much daily for work so we'd tie 4 at a time to the back of the 4 wheeler and bring them home. They get used to it pretty quickly and we never had any problems out of the 30+ ponies, horses & drafts.
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post #10 of 24 Old 04-08-2012, 10:21 PM
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This reminds me of a lady who I gave a bascially untrained Belgian 2 yr old stud to... He had learned halter and lead work but was pretty studdy and I was going to have him fixed, but something happened and I had to move him out. Anyway, this lady lived way the heck back in the bush. No way, in any way, was a horse trailer going back there. So she told me they were going to tie the stud to the back of their quad and bring him in that way. I immediately told her it was a terrible idea. If this guy spooked he would flip the quad and who knows who would end up hurt or worse and being waaaaay back in the bush, no one would know for hours or days. After a discussion, she agreed that it would be better to hold his lead for the walk/ride in to the "farm."

I can see doing this with a full size pickup, with quick releases and supervision, but never with a quad. Even if the horses are trained. 98% of the time maybe all is OK, but it's that 2% that causes the trouble.
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