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post #11 of 20 Old 06-03-2013, 11:52 PM
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my horses are always tied. Just for safety really, as they get along but when the other annoys the other boy they fight. Our trailer - 2 stall forward - doesn't have a divider between the heads, and in enclosed areas such as the trailer, the dommanent horse always picks on the other, so that's why we tie, just incase the two we have in there get annoyed with one another
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post #12 of 20 Old 06-03-2013, 11:57 PM
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I tie ~ trailer ties with panic snaps on one end.

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post #13 of 20 Old 06-04-2013, 09:23 AM
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I have a 3-horse slant load. They get tied when hauling - always. It is too easy for them to get their head under the divider or over, and I don't want a horse getting themselves stuck.

My trailer ties have a panic snap on one side which I attach to the trailer (not the horse). I want easy access to the tie through the drop down windows.

My horses also get hauled with breakaway haters. In case we'd ever get in an accident and the horse falls down, I want their head to be free and not getting "hung" by their trailer tie.

Safety first: when loading the horses, I close the divider and then tie the horse. In case they'd fly back before I get the divider closed. Now my horses self load, so I just close the divider behind them anyway. When unloading, they get untied before anything is opened.

In the event I haul in my patents stock trailer, we do not tie the horses. We let them stand how they please, usually backward.
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post #14 of 20 Old 06-04-2013, 10:30 AM
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Tie, but always with a leather/breakaway halter! I don't want them to be moving around in the trailer while we are moving, but I also have an unpleasant memory of my non-horsey dad opening the door to the trailer while my horse was still tied. Naturally he decided to back out of the trailer, freaked when his head was attached, and broke the halter. He jumped out of the trailer and was grazing a few seconds later... I almost never find occasion to chew my father out, but that was one of those times!
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post #15 of 20 Old 06-04-2013, 11:34 AM
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For me, depends on the horse and the trailer. If it's a straight load or slant trailer with the dividers, I will tie. Also if it's a young horse, or green to trailering, I will tie as well. If I have a more seasoned horse in an open stock trailer, I won't tie and let them stand as they please.

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post #16 of 20 Old 06-04-2013, 01:30 PM
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I don't tie. My horse knows how to balance himself and falls asleep in the trailer and stays absolutely still. If you tie him on the other hand, he sets back and panics. He doesn't do it any other time than in the trailer, so for safety reasons we leave him loose.
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post #17 of 20 Old 06-04-2013, 02:20 PM
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Last year we had a 14' stock trailer, the horse I mainly used last year I didn't need to tie but I did because I put my tack up front and her right next to it. There wasn't a divider. She was the type of horse where the moment you put her in the trailer she fell asleep, I just didn't want her to nudge my tack and knock it over.

Now we have a 16'6 stock trailer with a divider, when we haul our thoroughbred we have to haul her or else she will swing in the trailer. Ya a big 16hh thoroughbred swinging you can really feel it, if you tie her she just stands there. My mare will spin in a stock trailer if you don't tie her.

We always tie our horses backwards, they prefer to face backwards than forwards. We either tie with the lead ropes in a release knot, or with trailer tyes.

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I will say this, no matter what ALWAYS have good, decent matts in your trailer. I was at practice once and this family had a unbehaved horse and a trailer with a wood floor. The horse paniced, fell in the trailer and they had a smaller trailer. It got kind of stuck and even on the floor of that trailer the horse kicked out 2 windows, cut its leg, and just wouldn't settle down. Finally it settled down and smart people got their lariats and threw them on the horses legs and helped her get them underneath her so she could get up. Matts are a must!

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My friend had a new horse that was fine in a trailer and this horse was her dream horse. She had tied it in the trailer, the horse spooked at something and fell. Sadly, it hung itself.
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Last year we had a 14' stock trailer, the horse I mainly used last year I didn't need to tie but I did because I put my tack up front and her right next to it. There wasn't a divider. She was the type of horse where the moment you put her in the trailer she fell asleep, I just didn't want her to nudge my tack and knock it over.

Now we have a 16'6 stock trailer with a divider, when we haul our thoroughbred we have to haul her or else she will swing in the trailer. Ya a big 16hh thoroughbred swinging you can really feel it, if you tie her she just stands there. My mare will spin in a stock trailer if you don't tie her.

We always tie our horses backwards, they prefer to face backwards than forwards. We either tie with the lead ropes in a release knot, or with trailer tyes.

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I will say this, no matter what ALWAYS have good, decent matts in your trailer. I was at practice once and this family had a unbehaved horse and a trailer with a wood floor. The horse paniced, fell in the trailer and they had a smaller trailer. It got kind of stuck and even on the floor of that trailer the horse kicked out 2 windows, cut its leg, and just wouldn't settle down. Finally it settled down and smart people got their lariats and threw them on the horses legs and helped her get them underneath her so she could get up. Matts are a must!

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My friend had a new horse that was fine in a trailer and this horse was her dream horse. She had tied it in the trailer, the horse spooked at something and fell. Sadly, it hung itself.
That is absolutely horrible, but it highlights the importance of having a halter that will break easily in such an incident. I've used full leather halters, but I even feel more comfortable using the kinds with the thin leather crown piece. It doesn't take much to break those guys. While I do tie in the trailer, I would NEVER tie in a non-breakaway halter.
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post #19 of 20 Old 06-04-2013, 03:08 PM
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I always tie with panic clips and breakaway halters 'just in case' - don't want to be struggling with a panicking horse and accidents can and do happen
I wont travel loose in anything but a really large space where the horse can easily turn around and the tow vehicle can cope with that amount of movement - I've seen horses tip trailers over when they lose balance and start to flap around. I've also seen horses manage to turn their heads and necks around in surprisingly tight space and go into panic mode
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post #20 of 20 Old 06-05-2013, 01:21 AM
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In a regular horse float I 'tie'. In inverted commas because I will not tie solid in a trailer, but use a 'tie ring'. I would not leave a horse untied in a regular trailer because they can (& do) turn around - not great if it imbalances the trailer, or if they come rushing out as you try to put the ramp down, or if it's not fully enclosed, rear & get their front feet over the tailgate...!! Too many bad potentials. But in a trailer that is safe to do so - I used to have a stock crate affair - I'd leave the horse untied.
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