Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie
I'm being a thickie, and still don't understand the problem. I have a two horse straight load. There are two tie rings at the front, on the wall to the outer side of the horses head, about 6 inches higher than the height of a 16 hand horse's head. I use the quick release trailer ties and take off the lead rope.
So if I have a horse in that is likely to have a go at it's travelling companion, I adjust the tie length, and clip it from the head collar to the tie ring. It's long enough for the horse to eat from the hay net in front, and short enough to prevent him from getting head under breast bar, or annoy neighbour. The safe release tie doesn't have any loose ends for him to grab, and it's not floppy enough for him to grab and eat.
Haha its ok I want to figure out the right way to get him to tie in there so he can't turn towards his buddy and can't go under the chest bar.
The haynets and the rings are at the front center of the trailer just above the non adjustable window. Which is at eye height for my the horse to see out. The tie off rings for them are on the sides of the trailer just beyond the front side doors.
He was on the left side so I tied on his left with the haynet in front of him. I orignally didn't tie him because it was the first time loading him about 6 months. No issues so decided after 5 minutes or so to tie him with the standard release knot with the end of the lead wrapped four times as I went out to bring the other horse in to load with him. I noticed he had already had the knot undone by the time I walked 2nd horse around to load. So I bring other horse back around and tie him to outside of trailer once again.
Go back in hook jessie to the trailer tie with the safety release clips. The length of the trailer tie only permits to reach haynet however they are of stretchy material. So as I turn around I notice him going to itch his chest with his mouth so I turned my back to go bring second horse in again thinking oh he is just scratching his chest which still is above where the bar was. So I think no possible problem can happen so I walk out to get 2nd horse and load him and as soon as his hooves hit the trailer floor jessies head somehow went under the bar. So I backed out 2nd horse (thankfully a very good loader) and left him while I quickly undid jessie.
Let him stand there for a second. Then re haltered him and let him stand in there again for a few minutes. Caught other horse tied him to trailer then unloaded jessie. Then tied him to outside of trailer while I did one load and unload work with second horse.
Then left it at that because I am unsure as to how to restrict his head without freaking him out so that when I am actually trailering him I don't have to worry about his head going where its not suppose to. Biggest fear is him getting his head stuck again.