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post #1 of 5 Old 02-27-2014, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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tying a yearling in trailer

I will have to move my three horses to new boarding stable this Saturday. I have three horse stock gooseneck trailer with 2 dividers. My yearling is trained with loading, haltering, and tying. He never tied in trailer before. I wonder should I tie him for the 30 minutes trip, or would it be safer to let him loose?

can you explain why or why not?

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-27-2014, 12:29 AM
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If the dividers don't go all the way to the floor then I would probably tie because I wouldn't put it past a yearling to try to crawl under the divider.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-27-2014, 07:18 AM
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If your yearling knows how to stand while being tied, he'll do the same in the trailer.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-27-2014, 03:57 PM
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I would tie. You don't want to risk him turning around and possibly trying to go over the dividers, etc.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-27-2014, 04:20 PM
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I would also tie because you want to keep his head, neck and body in a position so that if you have to stop short or swerve you don't risk him having his head/neck being in a weird angle that could cause abnormal strain or other injury.

In general, when I tie it's not short as you want the horse to be able to move to the point he can find his own comfort place and continue to use his head/neck to help balance him. I also use light weight tie material and panic snaps.

Finally, as a caution, make sure when you set him up in the trailer that you are able to get to him quickly when it's time to unload so you have control of him before, or if, he decides to fight being tied in the trailer.
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