Is it safer/better to tie a horse in a trailer or leave them loose?
I'd like to let people share their opinions on this matter. But please keep it civil and positive, lol (I've seen a lot of discussions like this get very heated very fast, especially relating to horse safety ).
When you are trailering a horse, what do you consider safest, tying the horse, or leaving them loose (without a halter)?
Does it make a difference if the horse trailer is larger or smaller? Is it better to have them tied in a larger trailer to keep them from walking around?
And would you consider it dangerous to leave one or more horses untied in a trailer? Do dividers make a difference?
Does it help to have at least one horse tied, or does that make it worse?
What sparked this idea of mine is when my neighbors moved away last fall (BTW I did not approve of many of their training techniques) they put a roughly 16hh QH in a three-horse trailer with an approx. 12hh yearling. The QH was tied and the yearling (who they had to chase into the trailer) was not.
I don't mean for this to be a rant, but I just wanted to know what others though of trailering like this and what the safest way really was?