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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 #21 of 69 Old 05-23-2012, 05:07 PM
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We tie almost all the time. We took the stall dividers out of the trailer and still tie.

The only time we dont tie is if we're going to the pasture (5 minutes away) we just close the centre divider in the stock trailer.

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post #22 of 69 Old 05-23-2012, 06:09 PM
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Always. We have breakaway halter and ties so if anything happens theyll be safer either way. Ive trailered in straightloaders and hate them. Ive loaded/trailered i almlst everything but larger stock trailers.
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post #23 of 69 Old 05-23-2012, 07:45 PM
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No, I don't tie, but my horse has an entire 2 horse trailer to himself, so he rides stock style. He thinks he's a compass. He stands backwards heading away from the barn and front ways heading home. It's really cute.

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post #24 of 69 Old 05-23-2012, 08:20 PM
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When I have to trailer, yes I tie.

I've never heard of not tieing... it doesn't seem safe...
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post #25 of 69 Old 05-23-2012, 10:19 PM
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I tie my horse in the trailer because otherwise when I open the divider he will try to dart out without me leading him. He is not very respectful when it comes to trailering so I always have him tied to remind him to wait until I say so.
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post #26 of 69 Old 05-26-2012, 08:50 AM
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Our first trailer was a 2 horse side-by-side w/divider and we always tied the horse/horses. We then upgraded to a 3 horse slant GN trailer w/dividers and we tied always the horse/horses. We on occasion hauled a couple of donkey jennies and they got tied also. From my point of view it is a matter of safety for the horse or donkey. I have known of loose horses in a trailer to get neck injuries from to fast a braking situation or a to rapid acceleration. In a heavy traffic situation or traffic lights that might change just as being approached it was a peace of mind to have the horses tied and give them something to help them brace themselves. Then it became just a matter of habit to use trailer ties.
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post #27 of 69 Old 06-12-2012, 11:33 AM
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We have a 2 horse straightload bumperpull warmblood size. My husband's OTTB fills the trailer front to back, my 14.2 hand racking horse takes up just a fraction of his side. We always tie, but the tie is attached to the trailer with baleing twine so it will break loose in an accident or emergency. Tieing keeps my horse straight in the stall, otherwise he'd be turning around. It keeps my husband's horse from backing out prematurely.

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post #28 of 69 Old 08-09-2012, 04:05 AM
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Hi... I wonder if all the folks who said "yes" to tying there horses in floats would think appon opening the side door at the end of the float journey to find their horse has fallen and sufficated with its neck and head hanging on the end of the tight rope over the chest bar...

It is silly to tie any horse without some sort of break away string to avoid the above tragedy.....
This has happened...

We never tie our horses in a float...!
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post #29 of 69 Old 08-09-2012, 11:50 PM
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Use a slant load so no chest bar, minor point I know.

I've never had a horse fall on me and don't know anyone else that has either. I know it can happen but has to be from a horse that isn't used to traveling, accident while towing or a bad driver.
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post #30 of 69 Old 08-10-2012, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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I've had a horse fall. She was tied. There wasn't an accident, I'm told I drive like a grandma when hauling horses (by other horse people) and I was going about 15 mph when it happened. I don't THINK it was my driving, and I'd never had a problem before, and never since, but it is, of course, possible.
The other horse was just fine (he freaked when she fell and kicked the CRUD out of the trailer door. She DID get hung up, but I had tied her fairly loose, and with all the ruckus going on, we stopped right away. (kids were so freaked out that they jumped out of the truck and ran away!) I bought a slant the following february. Never put that horse back in the straight load. She had hauled all over the country with no problems before, though I'm told that she used to lay down, but hadn't for years. It is possible that she was so used to traveling in a slant, that the motion of the straight load threw her off balance in a way she wasn't used to.

I tie in my slant because the dividers don't go all the way to the floor. I tie just short enough that they can't get their head under the divider, but if they fall (which I'm understandably wary of now) they won't be hung up unless they fall AND slide towards the front or back of the trailer. If they slide, we'd hear the commotion from the other horses and be able to stop. There are panic snaps at both ends of the ties.
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