To tie or not to tie in a horse float/trailer........ ??

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    09-12-2010, 11:23 PM
To tie or not to tie in a horse float/trailer........ ??

After 2 months of waiting I have finally have my new float/trailer. Yippee as I have waited 11 years to be able to afford to buy one.

I had my old boy in the float/trailer on the weekend (not driving around) and all he does it look out the back of the float. I was just wondering what experiences both bad and good people have had with tying up their horses as they travel and what they used to tye them up ie rope or bungy rope snap rope. Etc.
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    09-13-2010, 12:01 AM
I don't tie for short distances, I have a 2 horse straight load, that has a defined straight stall. My trainer has a larger stock trailer, and if he has only one horse in there, he uses the divider to make like a small stall and he doesn't tie either.
But farther than say half hour-I probably would. Just me being cautious.
    09-13-2010, 12:23 AM
Many thanks franknbean for your reply. It is a straight load float/trailer and it does have a head divider at the front but he still manages to get his head out to look back. I was just a bit nervous that if he is looking back all the time while we are travelling along he might loose his balance more easier. His whole life he always has to be a bit different.
    09-13-2010, 12:48 AM
I have always had straight 2 horse loads. I have always tied; usually with a panic snap. Now that said, when I moved to CO, I did accidentally forget to tie my mare (had gone to give her her treats, and we drove for 2 hours with her untied...never even knew until I went to unload her for a break...Lol! But as a general rule, especially in a small 2 horse, I prefer to tie, rather than take the risk of the horse trying to turn around, which could end very badly for the horse if they manage to get partically turned and get stuck. I am keeping my eyeballs on a stock trailer owned by a friend who is hauling our hay for us, and I would likely turn it into a 'two stall' type trailer, and use the front for my mare, and the back for my tack and what not. Or maybe I would convert it to a slant, which I like too. Overall though, I DO prefer to tie...but that's just because of the trailers I have had to use, and tying I think, is safest.
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    09-13-2010, 03:03 AM
Baleing twine, baleing twine, baleing twine!
I cannot say that enough It has helped me out SO MUCH tying in the float, to the float and anywhere else I need to tie.
Just recently my horse decided to "redecorate" the float and thankfully he was tied to baleing twine. He managed to turn himself around so his head was sticking out the tailgate. I don't want to imagine what could have happened if he wasn't tied to twine.
I've had a few float incidents that have turned out a lot better than they could have if I didn't tie to twine.
No matter how breakable your halter, lead rope or what-have-you is meant to be, in my experience, it isn't always that breakable.
    09-13-2010, 07:26 AM
I have little stock trailer. All I can say it depends on horse. I don't tie my qh - she likes to turn her butt forward and occupy the whole trailer by herself. I tried tie and she was clearly mad. Now with my nervous paint I tie her to the side, because it restricts her movement (somewhat) and doesn't let her circle like crazy in trailer. With straight or slant load trailers everyone I know of tie their horses there.
    09-13-2010, 10:03 AM
I have a 2 horse straight load. And my horses are always tied with nylon trailer ties. But even in other trailers, my horses are tied. Usually with their leadrope. I think if a horse ties well on the ground... you are better off tieing in the trailer.
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    09-13-2010, 10:42 AM
I always tie my horses, straight load, slant load, dividers or not.
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    09-13-2010, 10:43 AM
I have a three horse slant load . I always tie with nylon straps with panic snaps on the end........... They are in individual stalls, but I like to tie them, keeps them from turning their heads around, or getting nosy with who is standing next to them.. I also have drop down windowns with bars, so they seem to enjoy looking out and don't feel so closed in.
    09-13-2010, 11:11 PM
Many thanks for all the replies. Tying sounds like the most favourable way to float. Will try and get my hands on a strap with a panic attachment on the end or if all else fails good old baling twine.

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