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Cross-tying or single tying?

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  • Cross tying vs single tying
  • Cross tying benefits

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    02-19-2013, 04:25 PM
  #1
Weanling
Cross-tying or single tying?

What is the difference? I've always tied with just one rope, on the ring under my horses chin, just because that's how I was taught. Is there any benefits to cross tying, or is it like Western and English riding; both work, just a matter of preference.
     
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    02-19-2013, 04:27 PM
  #2
Trained
Some preference and some situational. For example, I might cross tie in the aisle of the barn, but single tie to bathe because we don't have cross ties there, just a fence rail. Personally, I ground tie more than either. Just my preference.
     
    02-19-2013, 04:34 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Our barn isle is to wide to cross tie so we use a single tie. The only difference I've found is a single tie allows for more "play" if I'm working with a nervous horse. They have 180 to move around and look. Cross ties tend to me more confining and more "scary" for a horse who has trouble tying or is prone to spooking. Also if you have a horse who likes to pull back cross ties are going to to have a lot less give, especially if you don't use a breakaway halter. On a single ties its only a matter of yanking the nails out of the wall, yanking the lead rope if ties, breaking the snap under the chin or ripping the breakaway strap. I think single tying is much safer for a "accident prone" horse.
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    02-19-2013, 04:52 PM
  #4
Yearling
I personally agree with franknbeans. I can ground tie anywhere to day anything. Which is my preference but if we are away from home with the horses we can't ground tie them because people freak out "theres a loose horse! A loose horse!" so there we single tie to hitching posts but other than that our ground tie.
     
    02-19-2013, 05:38 PM
  #5
Green Broke
To me it's just a matter of personal preference and what's available.

Personally, I'd have them used to both, plus hobbles, ground tying and being tied to a hitching post/fence post. It's not going to hurt to be used to all situations.
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    02-19-2013, 06:17 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by boots    
To me it's just a matter of personal preference and what's available.

Personally, I'd have them used to both, plus hobbles, ground tying and being tied to a hitching post/fence post. It's not going to hurt to be used to all situations.
Didnt think of all that but when we teach our horses to tie we tie them to everything. Tree limbs, double hitching posts, single hitching posts, hobbles are my favorite, ours were never really taught to cross tie but because they are trained to give into pressure they do perfect, also high tieing.
     
    02-19-2013, 06:48 PM
  #7
Trained
I don't have a barn isle, so it's just tied to a post.
     
    02-19-2013, 07:02 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
Didnt think of all that but when we teach our horses to tie we tie them to everything. Tree limbs, double hitching posts, single hitching posts, hobbles are my favorite, ours were never really taught to cross tie but because they are trained to give into pressure they do perfect, also high tieing.
I had a horse that was bomb proof, single tied to anything and everything. He ground tied and in several situations he happened to step on his lead rope and he would sit there with his to the ground until he lifted his own foot (or waited for me to release the pressure). Even had his halter get caught on a metal part of a hitching post, he couldn't move his head and he waited for the ten minutes I was on the other side of the trail preparing tack until I found him and released him. Never spooked. Even when a tractor backfired and the two horses on either side of him spooked and pulled back he did nothing.

I put him in cross ties for the first time, not thinking anything about it. He never had tying problems in the 5 years I had owned him and I put him through some extreme experiences. He ended up pulling back and flipping over backwards. I had to spend months training him to tie with the cross ties. I was careless and just threw him into it. It was such a freak accident. My horse always gave into halter pressure, always waited to be released, and never panicked until this one time. Something about two different restraints over just one.

Not directly specifically at you, but for anyone reading. Just because your horse is excellent at one or the other, do not assume they will be perfect for the other.
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    02-19-2013, 07:20 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I agree with you horsesdontlie.

I have seen some dandy wrecks in cross-ties from assuming that a horse is broke to tie will automatically cross-tie.
     
    02-19-2013, 07:21 PM
  #10
Yearling
My 5 yo mare got her head somehow into one of the hay bags with a hole in it. She got her head stuck. When I went to check on them about midnight she was standing there, couldnt see a lick but you could tell that she hadnt even really tried to get her head out because I just slipped it over her head easily. If she would have pulled back her head would have popped right back out but apparently she thought she was tied. :-/
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