Do you tie in the trailer? - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Do you tie your horses when trailering?
Yes, I have a straight load. 43 35.83%
No, I have a straight load. 12 10.00%
Yes, I have a slant load. 56 46.67%
No, I have a slant load. 9 7.50%
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post #1 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Do you tie in the trailer?

Do you tie your horses in the trailer? I'd love to hear why or why not.
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post #2 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 11:33 AM
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I tie because It gives the horse a little support the tie is not to long and it is one the side

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post #3 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 11:36 AM
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Yes, we do. We have a two-horse, straight load trailer. The divider is not solid/does not run from front to back entirely. There is a gap at the head end of a little less than a foot between the manger bar and the vertical, floor-to-ceiling, support bar for the divider that then runs to the back of the trailer (the divider is removable, the vertical bar is not). BOTH girls have demonstrated a propensity to stick their heads between this bar and the manger bar to get into the other side of the trailer (looking to see if there is better food in the other manger, or just to say hi to their neighbor). This is just too much of a risk to me - so many things could go wrong with their heads wandering around back there like we tie each of them to keep their heads where they belong.
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post #4 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 11:37 AM
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Yes I tie. I have a 3 horse slant load. My horses will try to duck underneath the dividers if they are untied. So I tie them and then I'll duck under the divider and untie them, then open of the divider. My mom's gelding will start backing out before your ready so you need to be on your toes.
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post #5 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 12:50 PM
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tie, is easier for me..

since my trailer is a 2 horse straight load with a moveable center divider, so if i don't tie and restrict the head they like to play peek-a-boo under the dividers and try to turn around in the area...

so tying is a must plus... its a convenient way to keep track of leads when traveling...
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post #6 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 01:07 PM
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I have a two horse straight load. I tie not only so they don't turn around in the trailer but also for my own safety when unloadin the horses. Kitty has been taught to load/unload herself by voice command so it's quite convenient. She will not move until you tell her to. However, Jesse is quite nervous in the trailer and will try and back out as soon as possible once the back doors open. Since he's so big, I took out the divider so he could have a little more space while traveling (he's the only one in there). The thing is, when I do that I can't put the butt rope up behind him so if he wasn't tied, he could just run out when the door's opened.

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post #7 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 03:06 PM
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I didn't vote, because for me, it depends. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. If I have a horse that is green to hauling or a horse that is being hauled with horses he doesn't know, then I usually tie all the horses in the trailer. However, if they are broke horses that are comfortable being hauled together, they are normally just thrown in there loose.

Oh, and I just have a stock trailer.
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post #8 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 05:45 PM
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No, because my trailer is a horse stock trailer. Has a divider and chest/bump bars, but it's not made for horses to be tied in.
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post #9 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 08:14 PM
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I always tie, in a slant or straight load. It's just easier when you open the trailer if the horses aren't free and looking to get out. Because we normally trailer more than one horse, taking one out and having the others wait to be unloaded is better than having horses scattered about a park or yard.
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post #10 of 69 Old 05-17-2012, 08:34 PM
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I didn't vote either, as it depends on which horse, how far, etc. I have a 2 h straight load that has never had 2 horses in it. THe divider is in, and I keep some of my stuff on the other side. Draft-no. He cannot turn around or do anything, and no need. Reiner-yes-just to help support him and keep him from turning, altho I have never even felt him move in the trailer. Short distances-like to the indoor I use, which is less than 5 miles-no, don't bother.

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