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    04-19-2013, 11:24 PM
The only time I'd walk under a horse would be to pick up the diamond on the other side......otherwise count me out
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    04-20-2013, 06:16 PM
We do it all the time at work. I work with Draft Horses there and how their barn is layed out its like a square, but the door is right by the wash corner and they are so long that they cover the door. And they always seem to hug up against the door. You can sometimes try for 5 mins to get them to move over, you can yell and slap them on the hindquarters and they won't move. So we just go under them. We don't do it to the newer horses. But we usually have a team tied up there. If we only have one horse tied there we tie it to the farther ring. But the drafts don't give a hoot at all, everyone of us from the old farts to the youngsters go under them.

I did it a few times with my stocky QH mare, but never when flies are bad. She was the world's laziest horse. Nothing phased her, she would fall asleep in halter classes in a matter of 5 seconds, the moment you put her in the trailer she fell asleep. So I trusted her.

I reach under my horses a lot usually to grab something on the other side. But I would never crawl under the TB I ride. She is unpredictable.

I usually only do it with the draft horses.
    04-20-2013, 07:14 PM
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I used to walk under Pistol all the time back when I was a teenager. I remember walking under Mikey (a TWH) once and coming up too soon. I was lucky he's a good boy because my head hit a naughty spot! I have caught myself sitting underneath Riley on occasion while I'm painting his feet w/ hoof black. I think that's when you run the biggest risk of getting hurt, is when you get really comfortable with a horse because you put your guard down....
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    04-20-2013, 08:39 PM
Personally I think it is a BAAAAD idea. It only takes one time to really ruin your weekend. There may be times it has got to be done and then with extreme caution. I'm all about a horse being ok with being touched and "desensitized" but no sense in asking for trouble. For me it's a risk reward thing. Is risking being stepped on or kicked worth saving a couple seconds because I don't feel like walking around a horse. Nope.
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    04-20-2013, 08:53 PM
I see it as one of many "action tricks" in my oppenion it ranks right up there with standing on your horse (however I have been know to do this) or reaching up and takeing the briddle off and riding with a rein around their neck. I have been around horses for a "few" years and really I have never been in a place that I have needed to do any of these.

Also I work in a summer camp setting and I have lots of kids coming out to ride and because of that I want to make sure anything that they see me doing I would be ok with them doing. Things like going under a tyed horses head, under the belly, just riding with my feet out of the sturups, letting go of the reins. So everything I do with a horse I think "if a camper saw me doing this would I be ok with them going home and trying it with their horse or a friends horse.

So all that to say going under the belly haven't done it don't ever see myself doing.
    04-20-2013, 08:57 PM
I think one reason why people do this is to show how much the horse trusts you. I mean, their belly is one of the most sensitive parts. I think it shows trust between the owner and the horse. I would do it, but my horse likes to wap his leg around. Haha!
    04-20-2013, 09:26 PM
I've seen it done when I was trying out horses to buy, but personally I would not do it. My gelding would probably be fine with it but I am not, and I am not willing to risk injury to show our "bond". All it takes in one second for it to hit the fan.

I do other things that probably would be considered just as dangerous, like walking(quickly) in front of a tied horse because I don't want to walk around, or crouching down to apply hoof polish, etc. I am trying to break my bad habits though, I don't want to be too comfortable with my horses even though I feel safe.

Anyway, if I was going to walk under my horse he would need to be all legs or grow a couple of hands. It wouldn't be hard but certainly uncomfortable to walk under my 15hh horse becaus I am 5'7.25". Maybe I would need to find a draft to walk under?
    04-20-2013, 09:39 PM
True story: a life-long horseman took the "under the lead rope" shortcut & lost his life. (There are likely more, but I've only heard of this one.)
    04-20-2013, 09:49 PM
Originally Posted by Northern    
True story: a life-long horseman took the "under the lead rope" shortcut & lost his life. (There are likely more, but I've only heard of this one.)
I believe it. Even as careful as I am, I do catch myself doing the under the lead while they are tied, after which I give myself a head slap after imagining the lead getting wrapped around my neck.
    04-20-2013, 10:49 PM
I have seen the underside of my horses a couple of times. It was not intentional and I do not care to repeat it. Both were accidental. The first incident the mare successfully missed me. The second time, and a different horse, I got trampled. 8 week recovery and I was lucky for only that.
Our horses stand beautifully but when I tie I use those blocker tie rings or just do one loop over the rail. A few years ago we had a very gentle gelding jump back, popped a rail and took it back with him a few feet. If something happens I want the horse to have enough rope to not panic. I had a good friend seriously injured when she was grooming her horse on cross-ties. She is an experienced horsewoman and it was not his first time on the ties.
With horses anything can happen at any time. I try to do all I can to increase the chances of survival...especially mine.
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