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  • Should you tie your horse in a brenderup trailer?
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    03-04-2012, 11:50 PM
  #31
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Green Broke
I put my boys in the Brenderup, put up the butt bar and shut the ramp. I then attach the trailer break away ties to their halters. It keeps them from getting too fresh with each other they both haul really well though. I wouldn't tie them with their lead ropes - just the break aways.
     
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    03-05-2012, 12:21 AM
  #32
Weanling
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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.
Talk about one lucky critter!!
     
    03-05-2012, 01:32 AM
  #33
Foal
I always tie, we have ponies that will go under the chest bars but I've also seen horses who have gotten their heads stuck under them or the dividers because they were eating hay off the ground when the trailer suddenly moved.

One of our horses fell in the trailer because we had to make a sudden stop because someone cut us off coming up to a blind stoplight (everyone's pulse was pounding just hoping we could stop in time) and the trailer tie kept his head above the chest bar so that by the time we got the ramp down he was safely righting himself (yup right there at the intersection) instead of panicking because his head was under the chest bar and it was holding him down.

I think you should ALWAYS tie your horse, the more your horse moves in the trailer the more likely it is to get hurt. The only exception I see would be those fancy air-ride tractor trailers with the small box stalls for long distances but this is simply so that the horse can adjust how it's bracing on long trips and those trucks are usually padded to the 9s (as well as your horse). But other than that, I'll always tie, even then we've had a horse climb over the chest bar (still don't know how that could happen). It's safer for all involved, including when you're loading and unloading 4 large horses 1 at a time and would rather not have one of the other horses nip at them and get kicked in return (or more likely get you kicked).
     
    03-05-2012, 02:58 AM
  #34
Foal
I just loop mine through the hook and usually that works or toss the rope over there back if straight load.
     
    03-07-2012, 10:02 AM
  #35
Green Broke
If I'm hauling a gentle old soul like Rosie, I can just through the rope over her neck and tie it and she is fine. However, with Dusty and Sassy, I tie them up. The think it's ever so much fun to put their head over the divider going down the road.

Edit; quick story.

We were at a parade and two of my fellow team members didn't have a ride back. We had a three horse so we loaded them up and went on down the road. It was a stock combo trailer...a straight load two horse in the front with a small stall like section in the back. Rosie (my horse) was in the left slot, then Pac Man on the right with Duster in the back. When we go their, we realised Pac Man was never tied up and had turned his head around and gotten his cheek bone stuck on the divider. We quickly got Duster out then tried to figure out how to get Pac Man out. He was leaning against the full weight of the butt chain, which had Rosie's side completely tightened so she was trapped too. We had 5 people (including me) under his butt trying to lift him up off the chain just enough to release it to get him out. He moved just slightly and the chain dropped out from under him and went over his back, so when his butt jumped back up he broke the chain with his back. As soon as the chain dropped, it took less than .5 seconds for everyone to jump out of the trailer, I was quickly jerked out by one of the dads. Pac Man wasn't seriously hurt, he had a sore back and was cut up, but was fine. Rosie calmly backed out like "Oh, he's done being stupid, is it my turn?"
This is why I ALWAYS tie up stupid horses.
     
    03-07-2012, 05:47 PM
  #36
Yearling
Well I have a straight load 2 horse with built in feeders so I keep mine tied with enough room to eat everywhere on the feeder and in the hay bag. But when I go with my friend in her slant load we just lead them in and let them be. We are looking for a 3 horse slant and I will let at least one of my horses free when using it I trust him and he doesnt need to be tied but for safety for the rest.
     
    03-08-2012, 03:31 AM
  #37
Started
I tie mine up because he tries to turn around and last time he did that he slipped and it took 3 people to get him up and out of the trailer, he wedged himself in. Mind you this was when we were trying to get him out, not while we were travelling.

I have also been told that it's safer to tie because if left untied they can get their head bent around the divider and become panicky, and that makes everything a whole lot harder to deal with. That's in a straight load though.
Mitch is tied loose enough to balance himself, but not loose enough so he can pull his ead around and get stuck.
     
    03-08-2012, 03:33 AM
  #38
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Originally Posted by HarleyWood    
well I have a straight load 2 horse with built in feeders so I keep mine tied with enough room to eat everywhere on the feeder and in the hay bag. But when I go with my friend in her slant load we just lead them in and let them be. We are looking for a 3 horse slant and I will let at least one of my horses free when using it I trust him and he doesnt need to be tied but for safety for the rest.
I don't feed mine while travelling because a well known trainer from my local town did that on her way to the biggest show in NZ, she got there and one of her bigtime competition horses was dead because it had choked on it's food and couldn't dislodge it because of the chest bar being in the way.
Just thought I'd say, I'd hate for it to happen to anybody else is all.
     
    03-08-2012, 08:08 AM
  #39
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
I don't feed mine while travelling because a well known trainer from my local town did that on her way to the biggest show in NZ, she got there and one of her bigtime competition horses was dead because it had choked on it's food and couldn't dislodge it because of the chest bar being in the way.
Just thought I'd say, I'd hate for it to happen to anybody else is all.
WOW I swear, you could put a horse in a padded room with NO tack, NO ropes, and NO food and they would somehow find a way to hurt themselves!!
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    03-09-2012, 01:51 AM
  #40
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
WOW I swear, you could put a horse in a padded room with NO tack, NO ropes, and NO food and they would somehow find a way to hurt themselves!!
Yeah pretty much!! Horse, who'd have them
     

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