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post #1 of 6 Old 07-07-2008, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer training - NUMBER of questions...

Actually, it's not quite a training question, but... :) I'm working on loading my paint into trailer (have been a tough thing so far). It's small (2-horse) stock trailer. I am thinking about tie her there (instead of leaving free like I do with my other horse). So here are the (silly) questions:

1) Where exactly should I tie her?
2) How much rope should I give her to move?
3) What kind of knot should I do: easy to release or tight (I'm afraid she may start playing with the rope and let herself free)?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-07-2008, 07:01 AM
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I ALWAYS tie my horses (facing backwards). They can get into trouble by moving around and will also affect the weight distribution of the trailer - especially on a stock trailer.

I give them only enough rope to move their heads but not enough to move more then about 2'.

I use a quick release knot but take the tail of the rope and put it through the last coil then lock it in. I'll take the whole knot and (on a stock trailer) turn it to the outside of the rig.

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Thanks a lot, iridehorses!
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I always tie using a cotton lead rope. With quick release know. With enough slack that if they fell they wouldn't break their neck.

Always untie them before you take down the but bar and open the door. Or they can get excited about backing and panic that they are still tied up.
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You can either tie her in the back of the trailer with her facing the back or else kinda tie her at a slant. She might find it easier to stand that way, since it distributes her weight more evenly and she can prepare for stops better. I would do a quick release knot, and tie it just enough so she can look around a little but not enough to get tangled in/get a hoof through if she gets scared. Good luck!

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-08-2008, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys!
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