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post #11 of 14 Old 02-05-2013, 04:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Kayty View Post
I always tie when travelling with horses.
A friend had a horse years ago that she never tied, one trip he decided to look around behind him, got his neck stuck around backwards, panicked when he got stuck, and nearly killed himself trying to get free. We had the quite literally dismantle the float to remove him, he'd gone under the divider, got a front leg hooked over the chest bar, pushed the divider through the roof so that he was completely trapped and tangled. There was no way anyone could get in there with him as he was thrashing so much.
It was horrible to watch and we all through we'd be pulling a gun out to put down a horse with a broken leg/back/neck etc.

I ALWAYS tie just short enough to stop the horse getting its head around backwards.
And if your horse pulls back, then you shouldn't be travelling with it. Teach it to give to pressure on its head - thats a ground work problem that should not be just accepted as a horse's quirk.
Would love for you to show me what sort of secret I was missing with my barrel mare I was referring to in that post. She gave every single direction but was the most claustrophobic horse on the face of the planet.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #12 of 14 Old 02-05-2013, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayty View Post
...And if your horse pulls back, then you shouldn't be travelling with it. Teach it to give to pressure on its head - thats a ground work problem that should not be just accepted as a horse's quirk.
There are many what if's that challenge that.

What if you bought a horse that pulls back? Are you not going to haul it until you can fix it? Or would you just not buy a horse because it pulls back, even if it was the perfect horse for you?

What if the horse randomly pulls back with no reason why? That is our horse Chloe. We can tie her for hours and she will stand just fine. Then for no reason, she will panic and pull back. All we do with her is wrap the lead rope around the post in the trailer so she thinks she is tied but it will slip if she panics.
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post #13 of 14 Old 02-05-2013, 04:05 PM
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You should tie your horse in the trailer. Just like you should tie your horse up for grooming and tacking up. You horse can get into trouble with anything inside of the trailer, if he's left to move around. This is especially true if you have any dividers. WHAT A MESS if he gets he head and neck stuck underneath. You cannot reason with a panicky horse. Even the best horses can panic, like my good mare did a few years back when she tried to turn herself around and got stuck. It took about 15 minutes to unwedge her, and she was shaking the whole time.
Certainly if he breaks the lead he needs training seasons in learning to tie for long periods quietly.

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post #14 of 14 Old 02-05-2013, 07:38 PM
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There is no need to tie the horse so that the rope is taunt in the trailer. BUT it should be tight enough so that the above accidents are very unlikely to occur, by preventing the horse from turning it's head. If you horse is SO bad with pressure that it cannot be tied in a trailer, on a looped lead (again, just long enough to prevent its head from being turned right back), with the tail gate closed, then you have some issues that need to be addressed.
Obviously if you are in a situation where an unhandled or similar horse is needing to be transported, you make arrangements for that, but on a regular basis, the average, broken horse should give to pressure and be able to tie in a trailer.

If it won't tie in a trailer, how on earth will it tie anywhere else where it doesn't have a solid ramp up it's backside stopping it from running backwards?????

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