05-22-2012, 04:49 AM
| || | I don't tie. I volunteer for a local animal rescue as an disaster first responder for animals and one of the classes we're required to pass before we are eligible to be deployed, is emergency extraction: large animals. Basically how to fasten a sling to horses or livestock for helicopters or tractors, how to lead more than 5 horses at a time by yourself, and how to rescue livestock in a rolled trailer. Watching the videos of a rolled horse trailer were the worst simply because it’s the easiest, and most common, of all the scenarios to imagine occurring. When the trailer rolls the first thing the animal is going to do is panic and kick, and the weakest point out of everything confining your horse is going to be whatever is holding them in from behind. They don’t have enough leverage to pull back enough to break anything but a panicked kick or even a backward bolt, is enough to break the spring in the pin of a slant divider or the spring or clasp in the butt bar or butt chain of a straight load. Again they don’t have to break the whole bracket, just the part that is keeping the pressure in place, and the straight load bars or chains only have a max weight rating of about 300lbs and the slant dividers, 3-750, depending on the trailer make and model. (The Thuro-Built slants dividers are only held in place with a block of plastic.) So in an emergency once the horse has broken whatever is confining them from behind they will try to run, but they typically don’t have enough leverage or strength to break a nylon tie. The clip is weaker but because its fastened to the head, the weakest and most controllable part of the horse, they can't break it. If they’re lucky they will be wearing a leather halter or a halter with a leather crown that will break, but most people use nylon halters and nylon ties, which will not break even under the stress of a panicking horse. You want your horse to get out and get free. You can and will always catch him if he gets loose later, the priority is getting out of the trailer. I have a 2 horse slant trailer and the divider goes up just short 6” from the roof and the head portion of the divider extends far past the withers so no matter what she cannot get her head around or stuck. I always trailer in a leather halter with a bumper and once she’s secured I will either remove her lead rope or just throw it over her back, usually I just put it on her back as I’m closing the divider. That way when its time to unload I just open the divider and grab the rope while she’s backing out. As I trailer with foals often, I always leave them loose in the back. I don’t tie weanlings as usually they’re not mature enough to stand tied in the larger back stall. And they’re typically too small and they’re still so nimble, securing them in the front slant is asking for trouble, so if they’re traveling alone I’ll leave the divider open and locked so its more of a stock trailer. *IF* I do need to tie, for whatever reason, Im a big fan of the Tie Safe Trailer Tie: http://www.smartpakequine.com/tiesafe-ties-1620p.aspx?cm_mmc=paidfeeds-_-froogle-_-NA-_-2109665640 These are the trailer ties that are like any normal trailer tie, nylon with a quick release snap at one end and a clip at the other, but the two ends are connected by heavy duty Velcro. It keeps the horse in place but will rip with enough force.