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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 #61 of 69 Old 12-26-2012, 11:51 AM
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I tie in my 3-horse slant load because I don't want a head getting stuck up or under the divider.

But all my guys have breakaway leather halters on in the trailer, so in the unfortunate event they would fall in the trailer, they would not be left hanging there. All my trailer ties also have a panic snap (on the window end, not the horse end) for emergencies.

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post #62 of 69 Old 12-26-2012, 01:09 PM
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I tie almost all the time. The only time I didn't was on one horse that would panic on the trailer tied but stood calm as could be if he wasn't. Never could figure out why - he stood just fine tied when not on the trailer.

We use nylon halters and ties with quick release snaps or a quick release knot if I have to use a lead rope. Its one of those things where I was taught to do it this way when I got my first horse and so have always done it this way. Seems to work so never changed how I did it.

I use nylon halters instead of rope because the hardware will give way if there is a major issue where a rope halter will not.

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post #63 of 69 Old 12-26-2012, 05:22 PM
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I tie in my stock trailer. But I hook the trailer ties to a twine loop around the tie ring in case one falls, then the twine will break and they can avoid further injury.
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post #64 of 69 Old 01-06-2013, 07:46 AM
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Ok, so this migt be the place to get an opinion on what I've been doing. I have a 16 ft. Stock trailer. Perfect for my two horses, but there is no place to tie because I have put in plexi glass slats to keep it a little warmer for winter hauling. There is a removable wall that is meant to hold tack and create a bit of a tack/change room in the front. The wall dosen't go all the way to the roof. There is a row of wielded hooks on the tack side (away from the horses). I have been gently looping the lead ropes over these hooks. It prevents the horses from getting thier heads low or bum rushing out of the trailer the second I open the door because the horses tie well and don't pull against the friction of the rope. However, since the lead ropes aren't hooked or tied onto anything the horses could escape in the event of an accident. Thoughts?
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post #65 of 69 Old 01-06-2013, 01:51 PM
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Ok, so this migt be the place to get an opinion on what I've been doing. I have a 16 ft. Stock trailer. Perfect for my two horses, but there is no place to tie because I have put in plexi glass slats to keep it a little warmer for winter hauling. There is a removable wall that is meant to hold tack and create a bit of a tack/change room in the front. The wall dosen't go all the way to the roof. There is a row of wielded hooks on the tack side (away from the horses). I have been gently looping the lead ropes over these hooks. It prevents the horses from getting thier heads low or bum rushing out of the trailer the second I open the door because the horses tie well and don't pull against the friction of the rope. However, since the lead ropes aren't hooked or tied onto anything the horses could escape in the event of an accident. Thoughts?
For me, I would firstly prefer there was not an accident but if it did happen I would rather, I think, have it set up so the horses could free themselves rather than get hung up in the trailer. I have an enclosed slant load and the tie ropes (with panic snaps) I use are not very strong - they will break if it is necessary.

Are you familiar with cargo rings (I think that's what they are called. A round ring is attached to a plate and the ring lies flat against the plate when not in use)? You might find them useful in your situation to provide a tieing opportunity when you have the plexiglass in. They could be welded on, if that was available. Or perhaps screw them in if there were the right spots for them. Otherwise you could "glue" them on with something called liquid steel - after it sets, that stuff is pretty powerful (we've used it to do small repairs to our farm implements).
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post #66 of 69 Old 01-07-2013, 12:17 PM
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Wow, very interesting to read what everyone does. I've been wondering about this lately. I don't have a trailer, but have noticed that everyone I have trailered with seems to do it differently (they all have slant loads). My trainer ties through the window on the outside of the trailer (which I was told is actually a hazard; if the rope comes undone it could get caught in the wheel), another rider at the barn who I trailered with to a show doesn't tie the horses and ties the lead in a loop around their neck, and the last person I rode with unsnaps the lead and leaves them loose.

I asked my vet what the "correct" way to trailer a horse is and didn't really get an answer, just that a study showed that given the choice, most horses prefer to stand backwards at an angle while the trailer is moving. Tied or untied, this isn't an option for horses unless the trailer doesn't have dividers, or possibly in the last stall of a slant load.

This is one of those things where it seems like there should be a scientifically backed, "best" way to trailer horses, but the more I ask people about it, the more confused I get
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post #67 of 69 Old 01-12-2013, 10:48 PM
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Well, I should "update" on how I trailer now, and I don't tie, ever. I have a two horse slant load. Sometimes if I have two horses that don't know each other too well I will tie the first horse up until I have loaded the second horse and am all ready to go on the road and then will untie the first horse. In the back stall of my trailer Casey has plenty of room to turn around, but always stays in one spot, but if she was uncomfortable she could turn around or to the side.

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post #68 of 69 Old 01-13-2013, 03:27 AM
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I tie almost all the time. The only time I didn't was on one horse that would panic on the trailer tied but stood calm as could be if he wasn't. Never could figure out why - he stood just fine tied when not on the trailer.

We use nylon halters and ties with quick release snaps or a quick release knot if I have to use a lead rope. Its one of those things where I was taught to do it this way when I got my first horse and so have always done it this way. Seems to work so never changed how I did it.

I use nylon halters instead of rope because the hardware will give way if there is a major issue where a rope halter will not.
The hardware on a nylon halter will not give way if there is a major issue. I have seen the full weight of a horse hanging by the halter, during a trailering incident, and the nylon halter held the weight. The weight on the rope also prevented the quick release knot from being released, and the rope had to be cut. In fact, I have seen one horse die because it didn't give way, she was tied to a patience pole, not in a trailer.
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post #69 of 69 Old 01-13-2013, 05:40 PM
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Ok, so this migt be the place to get an opinion on what I've been doing. I have a 16 ft. Stock trailer. Perfect for my two horses, but there is no place to tie because I have put in plexi glass slats to keep it a little warmer for winter hauling. There is a removable wall that is meant to hold tack and create a bit of a tack/change room in the front. The wall dosen't go all the way to the roof. There is a row of wielded hooks on the tack side (away from the horses). I have been gently looping the lead ropes over these hooks. It prevents the horses from getting thier heads low or bum rushing out of the trailer the second I open the door because the horses tie well and don't pull against the friction of the rope. However, since the lead ropes aren't hooked or tied onto anything the horses could escape in the event of an accident. Thoughts?
if you wanted to still tie your horses, I would drill a larger hole on each side of the metal slats so you can leave a leadrope tied around like you normally would without the plexi glass in for the summer. Lead on with one rope then snap into the one that you leave tied there all the time
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