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    02-06-2010, 04:27 PM
Green Broke
I would tie him with a trailer tie that has either a snap that can come loose in a panic or velcro. I've had situations where this flexibility was necessary.

Here are the ones I have:

Are there little rings where his head goes? If so, those are for trailer ties and hay nets. I always have a hay net in there but it's not necessary for a 30 min. Journey.

I always leave the halter on.

Good luck!
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    02-06-2010, 05:30 PM
Green Broke
    02-07-2010, 08:06 AM
Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
I still think untied is best. If the horse has a fit and tries to jump up over a breast bar (yes I've seen them do this) they could get their legs tangled in a rope. Its kind of a catch 22 tie them slack enough so if they fall they don't break their neck and so they can get their head down to clear debris. But tight enough they don't tangle a leg while standing. I just prefer to not tie them. I've seen plenty of horses hauled in open stock trailers with no ties at all and they travel fine. In an enclosed trailer like yours, I see no reason to tie them at all.
This is one of those controversial topics your going to get opinions on both
I agree with not tieing...the less stuff to get tangled in, the better. We use an open, stock trailer, our mares are fine untied and enjoy the open view and fresh air.
Just something to keep in mind. If you do tie, never get a false sense of security that the lead/trailer tie is unbreakable. I've seen plenty of horses spook before the butt bar/door is closed, pull back, and break them.
    02-07-2010, 09:38 AM
We put web halters on ours when we travel. I keep the lead ropes in the truck with me so its the first thing I grab when we get to our destination.
    02-07-2010, 12:14 PM
Green Broke
Ok :s, I got boots and a rug today too :) matching and everything.
I think he needs tying but the teather is head-hight, if he falls he will break his neck! Or will the twine break first?
    02-08-2010, 09:57 AM
The only thing about not tieing in this sort of trailer... is if you horse decides to try to move around or worse... turn around.. there is no room for that... and I just had someone haul a horse in my 2 horse straigtload yesterday... didnt tie them.... the horse somehow turned around... but it also is now lame. In an open stock trailer they have plenty of room to move.
I personally never haul a horse untied.
    02-08-2010, 04:21 PM
I tie my horses but that is definitely a personal choice everyone will have an opinion on. But, what I do use is a bungee type lead. It has a regular clip for the halter, and a quick release clip for the end you tie to the trailer. I have seen these is several catalogs. I had a horse at one time that would forget she was tied up and lean back into the rope. She would then EXPLODE and always break the lead. I found with the bungee she never exploded because it would always "give in" to her some. I have since used only these type leads. They are really not a "Lead rope" but only about 2 1/2 feet long and mostly used for trailer tying. Check out any catalog you have for them.

    02-08-2010, 04:51 PM
We always tie. My old horse would get his head behind the divider if we didn't - If we had to brake quickly he would have snapped his neck.

We tie to bungee snaps like the above poster - Thick elastic that have a panic snap on one end and a normal clip on the other. They are tied around head height or just below. We have had a horse fall while tied and they were fine - Didn't choke. We just stopped, unloaded, and rode the rest of the way home.

We only put hay in if we are travelling for a few hours. They don't need it and it makes a heck of a mess (Dad usually sleeps in the float).

Another good tip is to put some straw/sawdust down at the back so that if your horse poops or pees it doesn't get too slippery.
    02-10-2010, 02:32 PM
Green Broke
It went well! 1st Lesson :D
    02-12-2010, 10:41 AM
Fabulous! I'm so glad to hear all went well. Read your other thread too, sounds like you both did well all the way around.

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