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    07-20-2013, 02:20 AM
  #11
Green Broke
When I was a beginner I was tacking my first horse up and wrapped his lead rope around the handle of the barn door to keep him from wandering around. Can you guess what happened? He set back and almost pulled the barn door off the hinges! The top hinge actually started coming loose and I had to have my Dad fix it (I was boarding at the time). Boy, was that ever an important lesson. I was so grateful the horse didn't actually pull the door completely off and panic.

Another time I went to look at a horse I was interesting in buying and when I drove over to the house the horse was haltered with a long lead rope attached to a tree while the horse grazed. When I drove up the driveway the horse panicked and set back. Luckily the horse didn't get hurt. The owners should have known better than to tie the horse like that as they supposedly had horses for a very long time.

Another time I was letting my very first horse eat a little grass in the yard where I was boarding and he put his foot inside a ladder that was laying on the ground. It happened so quick and I didn't invision him doing that. When he drew his foot back and the ladder moved he almost panicked but luckily his foot came loose. Potential for disaster there for sure!

I think most new owners do dumb stuff like that. And then after a while you get a feel for what is safe around horses and what is not. But that knowledge often comes from the school of hard knocks. Heck, I had an incident with a gate a while back that was flat out stupid on my part. But I won't get into that right now.
     
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    07-20-2013, 07:26 PM
  #12
Foal
Thank you. I was lucky enough that she is ok. It could have turned into a way worse situation. Specially if instead of running for her stall in the barn, she ran down the rode down to the highway, I for sure wouldn't have her anymore. It's happened to so many people. Maybe not the way mine happened, but I hope that sharing my story that it will help prevent an accident like this happening again. And it was a hard lesson to learn. Especially to my horses expense. And I sure did feel terribly bad because it was my fault.
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    07-20-2013, 11:42 PM
  #13
Green Broke
It's good it didn't end up any worse :) But at least now you've learned something, and can help teach others too.

I use these tie rings when I tie, they have a loop so if the horse pull back it gives a little pressure, but lets the rope slowly slide through. If you don't have somewhere you can trust to tie solid, they're a good option because they don't release the pressure until the horse stops/walks forward, but they have enough give the horse doesn't completely panic. When tying a new horse up to it they pulled back, and given the rate it releases, and length of the lead I could grab it and move back 10 metres or so with the horse, maintaining pressure, and releasing when she finally stopped and took a step forward. There is no risk of it getting tightened up or anything. Next time she spooked a little she threw her head up, but didn't run back at all - knowing there was nowhere to go.

I also use my own clips between halters and leads - they'll break pretty easily which is what I want. Rope halters and leads with big bull clips will never give.

But lots of people have great advice her, never tie just to graze. Even if you just loop your rope through something and hold the other end, you can always release if something happens.
     
    07-24-2013, 01:23 AM
  #14
Foal
I constantly see people letting their horses graze while being tied long. When I first got into horses, years and years ago, I was taught to tie high, and tie short. It is not always possible to tie high, but at least if you tie short they can't get the rope around them. I do not know where that rule went because, as I said, I see people tying in a dangerous manner all the time lately.
     
    07-24-2013, 02:32 AM
  #15
Foal
I just want to add that, as a rule, I always hold the lead rope not in circles around my hand, but layered (if that makes any sense). I don't want the horse spooking, tightening a coiled rope around my hand or arm, and dragging me off just like the barn door. It's really easy to loop the lead around, but I was taught never to do it.

I prefer those safety clips when horses are tied that hold, but when pulled hard, release. I'd rather have a loose horse than an injured one.

Personally, when I let a horse graze on the halter, I pay attention to that, not do two things at once. I think horses are a one small step at a time creatures. I hate leaving a horse in the cross ties too, even if there are other people there, it just makes me nervous.

I have never had my own horse, but always worked for lessons, so dealt with many other people's horses. All different, different manners, reactions, everything.... But the one thread through them all is that they're unpredictable.

The mare I was riding this morning was neighing a l as I took her out of her stall, and even as I got on and rode her. That makes her a little unpredictable--I found out she's in heat. I've been on a mare in heat, and had a rather, um, uninformed gelding break out of the pasture, come down a road into the riding arena and try to mount her. Yeesh.
     
    07-24-2013, 02:49 AM
  #16
Weanling
I just got a new horse a few days ago, she had been a 12 year old boys roping horse. I let my 9 year old grandson take her for a slow ride around the pasture, where she got her left hind leg caught in a big, thick,very thorny vine. That horse stopped dead still, did not move a muscle, my grandson was able to get down safely, and the mare stayed stock still til we rescued her!!! We were so proud of them both.
     
    07-24-2013, 11:30 PM
  #17
Foal
You might want to check out investing into an equi-ping they are great for tying horses.
Equi-Ping - YouTube you can get them at Dover . This with a shortened length on the rope = peace of mind when tying :) I love them.
     
    09-02-2013, 08:11 PM
  #18
Foal
I hope this has saved someone! My lady is fully recovered. Still hasn't fully grown back but she is much better and for the most part can't see it.
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    09-02-2013, 08:28 PM
  #19
Weanling
When I first got my mini mare she had a basically untouched mini colt by her side. I tied her up for some reason or another and she panicked when her colt went too far from her and hooked her leg over her leadrope. I absolutely panicked and ran towards her to help her and fortunately she stood still for me to unclip the leadrope. It was a scary experience though!
     
    09-03-2013, 10:21 PM
  #20
Started
Things like this happening is why I go by the rule "never tie longer than 3/4ths the length of your arm".

Back when my gelding was a weanling, I tied him loosely to a tree to graze and left him for a few minues to get some brushes. When I got back (literally only a few minutes later) he had gotten the rope wrapped around his legs so badly that he was laying on the ground with the rope all around his legs, so tight I could barely get the ropes off. Lucky for me that he was so calm about it.


We've also had a mare nearly hang herself due to some cousins stupidity. They tied her to a tree with the rope around her neck (no halter) and when she set back it turned into a slip-knot. She flipped out and wouldn't calm down, and in the end we could only step back and wait until she 'hung' herself before we were able to approach her and cut the rope from her neck... (in other words, we had to wait until the rope had choked her enough that she hit the ground with only the rope holding her up because she was in a panic and no one could get close to her)... I remember we were all so upset at my cousins because by that time, the rope was so tight to her skin that when we cut it off her, the knife cut her as well because it was so tight...

Moral of that story: always make sure the knot you tie isn't a slip-knot.
     

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