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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 #31 of 69 Old 08-11-2012, 12:32 AM
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Depends. Usually I do because I trailer in the back of the back stall of my 2 horse slant when with just one horse and its just the right size that they would probably get stuck if they tried to turn around in it (when hauling one horse it is better to use the back stall as it help balance out the weight on the ball and it also provides more room for the horse). I tie so that the bottom of the tie hits the horse where the leg connects into the shoulder as I dont want them pawing and getting tangled in the rope.. When I was taking Candy on trial the owners wanted her in the first stall (bringing her to the trial place) and she wasnt tied because thats normally how she is hauled-although she was tied a couple times before and was fine. Without tying the horse may move around and unbalance the truck/trailer if the area is big enough or get stuck in a smaller area and may bother other horses but, they can lower their head as much as they want and clear their airways, not get tangled in a leadrope, have a freedom to shift around in a bigger space to choose whats the most comfortable position, and balance without lead on their head. When you tie they can get tangled in the lead (around their neck or leg), they cant lower their head all the way to snort out dust (if you tie correctly), they cant use their head to balance as much (depending on length), and can possibly get head stuck over/around divider (depending on length of tie). However, they can put a little weight on the rope to balance, but its hard for them to get up from falling down, they cant move around as much, bother other horses, etc. So, I tie loosly usually hate hate HATE when people tie so there is no loop in the rope at all!

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post #32 of 69 Old 10-20-2012, 08:40 PM
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Yes! I had a trainer that never tied in the trailer (slant load) so when we got a slant load we didn't tie. We went to pick up a new horse, and brought one with us so the filly wouldnt be alone. We got home and the new filly had stuck her head under the slant, lifted it off the hinges, and was standing on top of it. The only horse I wont tie is my big draft sized paint gelding because he's so crammed in there he cant get his head down there though I sometimes tie him just to be safe

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post #33 of 69 Old 10-20-2012, 09:17 PM
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Never tie. 2 horse straight load. I want her head to be free if anything funky happens driving down the road. I don't want her to be hung up on a lead.

I don't have to tie her to put up the bar, or to take it down. She will stand until I tell her to move. However, to be safe, when around other horses, I will tie her when loading, raise the butt bar, then untie and drive. For unloading, tie, lower bar and then untie. I have a solid divider, there is no getting heads under or over, no reaching to the other side, etc. When hauling alone, I often take the divider out so my girl can turn around and face the back as she prefers.

Some of my friends tie, some don't. I once hauled a friends horse in my trailer and she insisted that her horse be tied. I was soooo nervous the whole trip. I think I did the "gramma driving" that trip myself.
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post #34 of 69 Old 10-20-2012, 09:27 PM
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I always tie our horses.
I have a two horse straight load with a divider that can be removed. I have the front chest bars and the rear ones.
I stand on the ramp and send my horse in, then I put up the rear bar behind, then tie her with a aussie tie ring at the front. To unload I untie her, throw the rope over her back and then go unhook the butt bar, I lift her tail and give a little tug and say back and she backs out, I grab the rope and I'm safe and she is too.
I trailer alot with a friend that uses a stock trailer and we always tie the horses in there too.....he takes his horse in and ties him, then I throw the rope over my mare's back and send her in, she goes in and he ties her. To unload we both go in and untie to lead the horses out......

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post #35 of 69 Old 10-20-2012, 10:43 PM
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I always tie, but only with trailers ties that have a quick release.

seems like my buggars always either want to put their heads down (when no manger is involved) or try to twistto look wayyy behind them ( usually when a manger is involved and they are worried about leaving their buddies..)
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post #36 of 69 Old 10-21-2012, 08:38 AM
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I don't have my own trailer so didn't vote in the poll but when my boy is travelling I always ALWAYS tie given the choice. Have trailered him untied before when I didn't have a halter [was picked up when he went footsore on a long ride, so only had his bridle] and he scrambled like a demon.

Of course he IS a scrambler anyway but so much worse untied!

I've trailered young horses and they are tied too, always. They don't necessarily know about travelling well, and my TB rears when you stop so if she's tied real short she's less likely to injure herself. She needs more training but that's kind of hard when you don't have one to train with.

You roll your trailer you're pretty much screwed anyway, just this week there was a rollover less than 2 hours from me and the horse inside died. Even if you don't have a dead horse you have nasty injuries.

I think the rule when trailering a horse is that you can never be TOO careful. Like I say mine is a scrambler so I always warn people to drive realllyyyyyyyyyy slow around corners and accelerate and brake as gently as possible. I've trailered him with company a few times, and alone as many times, and he's marginally better with company but hugely better with the divider tied across (or gone completely).

EDIT; all my horses are trained to solid tie, so it's actually good for them to be tied. If they do set back, they come forwards off the pressure almost immediately, because they know it will only release if they give to it.

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post #37 of 69 Old 10-21-2012, 12:47 PM
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I haul my horses a LOT! I have joked that my horses are more well traveled than a lot of people born in Utah (where I live). I have a horse/stock trailer with a custom solid center divider. If I haul one horse, I leave the trailer open and horse untied. If two horses, I close center divider and leave untied. If 3 or 4 horses, I load the two in front facing backwards and the two in back face forwards, and tie them all.

I just bought a 3yo green mare in foal 6 days ago. When I picked her up, the seller asked if I was going to tie her, and I said no. In my experience, horses if given a choice prefer to ride loose, facing backwards with butt up against front wall. Sure enough, within a few hundred yards of pulling off, I feel the bump of her making the turn and when we stopped at a corner store a couple blocks later before getting on freeway, there she was facing backwards in the front, calm as could be. She stayed that way for the 70 mile freeway ride home, and over half of her hay bag was eaten when we arrived.

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post #38 of 69 Old 10-21-2012, 02:06 PM
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Yes we ALWAYS tie in the trailers. We hook them up to trailer ties, and so they don't get their heads under or over the dividers. The only time we didn't tie a horse in the Slant it got caught under the divider on the divider hardware...thank god the horse was smart and didn't thrash.

Also tie our horses in the stock trailers aswell....the only ones we don't tie are usually the broodies or youngins when hauling them to pasture.

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Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
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post #39 of 69 Old 10-21-2012, 02:17 PM
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I don't haul much and I've always tied. Quick release knot, long lead but not too long, no matter the trailer. It's just what I've learned.

This "argument" is one that no one is really going to be right about. Sometimes being tied will save your horse's life, sometimes it won't. There are always stories about awful scenarios that would have been different if the horse was or was not tied. There are also stories about how a person was killed for wearing a seatbelt and stories about how a person was saved for not wearing a seatbelt. All we can do is make an informed and educated opinion that we think will be in the best interest of our individual horse.
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post #40 of 69 Old 10-31-2012, 04:12 PM
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I do tie and I haul in a big, open stock trailer.
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