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        09-03-2013, 09:41 PM
    This sort of thing happens over and over again.

    When I was about 16, my team was at a show grounds for a three day hunter show. There was a woman who had bathed her horse, but forgot her slinky and sheet. So instead, she tied her horse to the stall. She had a lead rope with a lead shank, and was worried about the chain being so long. So instead she looped it. Made a nice chain loop for her mare to get her foot stuck into.

    And that's exactly what happened. Sometime in the night, the mare put her foot through the loop, panicked at the chain on her foot and broke her leg. When she pulled back in her panic, she had ripped the eye hook out of the wall, and somehow managed to find her way over the stall door. No ones sure whether she jumped, or fell over it, but she ended up bashing her head in on the low hanging light outside the door, and crushed part of her skull in.

    The vet said after that she probably died quick. But I learned a HUGE lesson that day. Never tie with a chain, never loop your rope to tie, and always remember your slinky and sheet.

    Im glad your mare was ok! Happy endings when they could have been otherwise are always a relief. Just today, my gelding freaked out on the crossties and ripped out a board. Had I not had the lead rope still attached to his halter, he would have drug the **** thing all through the barn to god knows where. I was able to grab it and get him to stand long enough to detach the board from his face. No injuries, except tobys pride. Thank goodness.

    Britt, that must have been terrible! I've never seen anybody tie a horse by the neck to anything...around the neck to lead for short distances, but to a tree? Eek.
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        09-13-2013, 12:01 PM
    Thank you for the post! Seems that I give my girl too much slack, not enough for her to step on but she can eat the grass directly under her. Time to make it shorter!

    Thank you :)
        09-13-2013, 01:00 PM
    I'd like to add it's always a good idea to learn how to correctly tie a quick release knot. It probably wouldn't have helped the original poster's situation, but it can be a life saver.

    I also like CA's tie-blockers, but they are pricey.
        09-13-2013, 01:23 PM
    If you really want to let your horse graze this is a 2 step process.
    FIRST, train with a tying ring, like Clinton Anderson and Julie Goodnight sell.
    Get your horse SO WELL VERSED to being tied, like about one year of reliable tying, that you can trust him. Then...
    SECOND, get a picket pin.
    Ridgeway Reference Archive* Horse equipment, picket pin
    Florida Reenactors Online--Cavalryman's Accoutrements
    This sutler sells them for $50.00
    Civil War Saddles & Tack
    Picket Pin - Civil War $50.00
    You can call Fall Creek Sutlery, but need to get an online catalog or pay $6 for a printout version.
    We used them many, many times over the years when we went to CW Events (for 26 years) and on vacations. The rope needs to be at least 15 ft. Long, preferably 25-30 ft. The pin is pounded into the ground and the rope is attached to a ring that swivels, and this sits a few inches above ground. Your horse will chew a circle in the grass, then you can move it. We would picket them for an entire weekend, when we weren't trail riding.
    IF your horse panics--I cannot be there to train her, so I don't know--when she catches a foot she might get a rope burn on the back of the pastern, but not as badly as you experienced.
    I've done your accident one better. When "Beaner", who had tying problems and also threw me and broke my arm in 2004, was tied to my power pole in the area in front of my barn, he panicked and pulled down the rotten pole INCLUDING the power lines to my barn. I had two of my best horses tied out. How NOBODY was electrocuted, I'll never know.
    Since then I've had my lines from the house buried.
        09-14-2013, 02:07 PM
    Originally Posted by caisiemay    
    Thank you for the post! Seems that I give my girl too much slack, not enough for her to step on but she can eat the grass directly under her. Time to make it shorter!

    Thank you :)
    I am very glad that you are going to! I just want to help anyone I can. I was scared for my life. And I know I am lucky knowing that my baby is ok and that she is still glued to me like it never happened. But she is jumpy when a rope is touching her back legs and I need to work with her on that. But saving someone from what happened to my lady and me is all that matters.
        09-14-2013, 02:23 PM
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    I did that once with one of mine. I had tied him to a fence and I purposely left the lead rope long so he could graze. He's a really good minded horse and I actually thought that he would be fine if he got tangled. He's really smart.

    I remember one time he got tangled in barbed wire. It was weird, the wire was just out in the pasture, like a 4 foot piece, just laying in the pasture. I kept calling and calling and he wouldn't come to dinner, I ended up having to walk all the way down to him and he stood perfectly while I untangled him. He did not have a single scratch on him because he knew not to fight it.

    So when I tied him loose that day, I was certain there would be no issues. I went to get his brushes and saw him catch the rope around his back leg and I didn't have any concerns. I walked towards him and told him, just wait a minute and I'll get it. He didn't freak, but he fought it and then ended up rope burning himself bad enough that he was left with a permanent scar. I had had him for a good 10 years by that point, maybe closer to 15 so I knew my horse...

    Or did I?

    I'm glad it worked out for you. We make a lot of mistakes as horse owners... you sharing your story will hopefully help someone else to learn from your mistake rather than their own!
        09-16-2013, 07:42 PM
    Originally Posted by jewelerin74    
    It was the most terrifying thing and I nearly hyperventilated.
    Don't mean to make light of the situation, but had to say, that bit made me giggle!
        09-18-2013, 05:26 PM
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Don't mean to make light of the situation, but had to say, that bit made me giggle!
    Lol my parents laugh at me everytime we talk about this. We wouldn't if she wasn't ok. But she is just fine now! She has a little fear of a rope being behind her back legs but it's something I need to do. I was holding her down in the barn while the tried untying the rope. They couldn't do and I tried to give instructions on where the knife was but they had a hard time understanding me! They said it was like moris code!:)
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        09-22-2013, 08:41 PM
    Talking Video!

    OHhhhh I posted in the wrong thread. But anyway, thanks for sharing this story. I will be very careful about such things. And um no video, because.. I posted in the wrong thread..
        10-15-2013, 10:36 AM

    horse & rider, horse advice, horse safety, too much slack, tying up a horse

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