04-30-2011, 10:20 PM
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Well I use a rubber tie, its a tub or rubber that has clips on both ends so in the case of an accident, I can easily cut it. You can also use the slip knot done twice on a lead rope works good too if you don't want to buy a new trailer tie. Now the length should be enough for the horse to be able to put his head down level, no more than that! If it is more the horse could catch on it and then a big problem would happen. You asked if you should even tie the horse at all. Yes you should in the case that the horse is more than 6 months old or bigger than 12hh. So basically if its a baby and the only horse in the trailer don't tie it. But if its a yearling or older tie it to the trailer because if the horse would rear or something else bad, the horse could actually do more damage to itself it not being tied compared to being tied.
So tips on long hauls, stop and water the horse when ever you get gas, if it is a hot day.Also if it is hot open all vents and windows in the trailer to help cool the horse. If you are trailering a horse in the cold only use a sheet, blankets tend to get bulky and hot on a horse even in the cold. Even Provide some feed about half of a normal feeding this keeps the horse busy, and more calm.
I hope this helps, have a safe trip