Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Lucky he's still around. I see no reason to tie him if you don't have to.
I don't like walking off and leaving them unattended for long periods of time anyway. I'm a nervous horse mom
I will go on camping trips or 3 day endurance rides and my horses are tied the entire time except when under saddle. We use high line and rings that run along the high line , a clothes line so to speak and the horses each has a run of a area and they are quit content to spend the nights and parts of the day tied like this. I sleep soundly at night knowing my guy is on a high line.
Pens, hot wire get mowed down in a storm when horses stampede but every horse on a high line is still there after the others have cleaned out the camp. I have never known a horse to get hurt tied on a high line at any rides. As for twin we only use it to bale hay. It has no place on tying a horse. I have left my guy tied to the side of a trailer while at the beach and again he is fine.
The amish set up a roadside store near me and they arrive at about 7 in the morning, they tie the horses to the back of a wagon and at 7 at night they hitch them up and go home.. Those guys stand 12 hours in the same spot and seem to be ok.
I am not nervous about properly tying a horse and then leaving to go to the beach or run someplace. I just ask the people camping around me to keep an eye on the guys.
What difference does it make it a solidly tied horse tests with a pull? I am working a new guy and went to give him his first bath, He pulled back, jumped forward and stood for the bath. Every time I tie him I tie as if he will test it. Again if they test a solid tie and then just stand so what if they are tied properly??
If my guy would gain say 5 feet of rope from the blocker what is that showing him.
Bee stings, flying paper, firecrackers and anything else you can name will not harm him if he attempts a pull and gives up. Sure horses are spooked and will try but after a half hearted attempt they all stand quietly, the spook is gone by then.
I am NOT nervous around horses, tied horses and anything else.
Tying is nothing compared to some of the terrain I get my boy into and he has to listen exactly or we both can be killed. One side jump at the wrong time and both of us could easily die.
Again 50 plus years of experience here.