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    02-27-2012, 02:24 PM
For me, it greatly depends on the trailer and the horse. For my older horses that have been hauled a few million miles, I am completely comfortable throwing them in the trailer loose. They know what hauling is all about and they get into a position that is comfortable for them and they ride that way. If the horse is young (like a colt) or if I am hauling horses that are unfamiliar with each other, I will usually tie them just to make sure that they don't get to making circles around the inside of the trailer.

Some horses are better off loose, others are better off tied, and sometimes what they prefer depends on which horses they are riding with and the type of trailer they are riding in. I, personally, prefer to tie them first until I know them well enough to know how they are going to ride. After that, I can adjust how I haul them to fit.

Oh, and I haul my horses in stock trailers.
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    02-27-2012, 03:05 PM
I haul in a stock trailer unless i'm going far (over 8 hours) and I tie them on drivers side and then close the cut gates every three horses.
    02-27-2012, 03:28 PM
We tie on the driver's (left hand side in the US, for those in the UK) bc roads are sloped. The highest point is in the center.
    02-27-2012, 04:14 PM
I used to work for a place where we hauled everything loose and saddled with the lead rope hung on the saddle horn(not tied) in a stock trailer...never had a problem.

In a trailer with dividers I will just throw the lead rope up over their backs or hung in the tie ring.

We usually tie in a stock trailer if we have a bunch of horses, especially if we need to head and tail them.

Depends on the horses and the trailer like smrobs said.
    02-27-2012, 06:56 PM
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We tie, but with break-away type ties.

They will pop loose if the horse pulls hard enough.

I'm not really sure why, but it's something we've always done.

I find this an interesting thread.
    02-27-2012, 08:17 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
I'm curious about this as well. We just bought a 3 horse slant and I have been debating on what is safer to tie, or not to tie.

A few weeks ago, a girl was driving to a show, hit black ice, the trailer came undone from the truck, and flipped over. The horse inside was uninjured except a few stitches and soreness. The owner's fully believe that the reason she survived was because she was untied.
Horse survives I-94 wreck; 'God must have been watching,' owner says | MLive.com

I'm worried about my horses trying to "duck" underneath the divider if they aren't tied. So I've been debating on what to do.

I'm curious to hear more answers.
I don't care if I went over a mountain, my trailer would never come unhitched from the tow vehicle. They are lucky and even more lucky others weren't hurt. Tying or untied didn't save that horse, dumb luck did! I tie, I have a slant load. The quick release trailer ties are long enough for their comfort. I had a mare that I never tied, she was loose in the front part of a stock trailer, otherwise she was start pulling back & freaking.
    02-27-2012, 09:26 PM
Yes we always tie our horses in, just feel more secure and keeps them from trying to stick their heads over the dividers. We also had a horse get his head stuck under the divider the one time we didn't tie...good thing he was a calm horse and didn't fight it while we were driving. So our horses will always be tied up no matter if they are in our 4H slant or our stock trailer.
    02-27-2012, 11:42 PM
I have dividers and my horses don't pull any stupid stunts but I still tie, very loosely. Essentially, I don't want the lead falling to the ground and getting stomped on.
    02-28-2012, 01:03 AM
Older Miley 2 horse straight load. I tie to a quick release safe tie. It will break if their is a certain amount of pressure. I one time was trailering and I had taken the divide out and he untied himself. When we got to the gas station he was facing backwards and was poking his head out the window LMBO!
    02-28-2012, 02:16 AM
I have a slant but I rarely use the dividers so I usually tie but sometimes if I either have one horse or a full load I'll leave them untied. If it's just one horse it won't matter much if they move around and if they have a full load they can't move around much anyway. It's when there's more than one but less than a full load they can get all fouled up.

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