trailer training .. not about loading or unloading
ok so yesterday with my day off i figured i would practice loading my part / almost all blind twh and denny.
we are focusing on jessie
he loads and unloads fine.
i have a 2 h straight load and i need to pull the divider all the way to one side to load him so he can think there is alot of space. which is fine i do that with the arab to for now... until he gets more comfortable.
anywho after i loaded him he was content with eating from the hay bag. then i noticed him constantly turning his head and putting it on the otherside of the divider where the other horse would be.
i figured since we were just practicing i wouldnt hook him up with the trailer snaps that break when pulled on. so when he started trying to turn more and more i decided to tie his lead in a qucik release knot to keep him from turning.
then he started to pull the lead which led to the knot coming out. so then i figured i would hook him up to the trailer tie. so then instead of just pulling back alittle bit like he was doing before he put his head down and got stuck under the chest bar.when he got his head up the trailer tie was stuck around his head and i had to take off his halter to get everything readjsuted safely.
he didnt panic which is a good thing but did let out that he was annoyed. so then i disconnect the tie and put the halter back on.
my question now is... how should i tie him to keep his head above the chest bar and to keep it from turning?
ps note : not sure if it helps but this horse is the hodini!! escapes out of everything even though he has the worst eyesight. so note sure of the right way to go about this.
How do you tie the knot? Do you loop the ends through or do you just tie a standard knot. Most horses can easily get out of the standard knot, but if you loop the bottom through say five or six times I'm pretty sure he wouldn't figure it out.
Is it a stock trailer or a fully enclosed horse trailer?
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fully enclosed trailer
and a standard knot with it looped about 4 times
just not sure how to get him to keep his head up and not from going over the divider and annoying his buddy... :(
I think I'm not understanding the layout of your trailer, because all I do is tie the horse short enough so he/she CAN'T get his head under the bar, or have a go at his neighbour.
Is the tie ring up high?
Why not just... tie the horse high enough that you can't do either of those?
Once you do your release knot and loops, put the end of the rope through the last knot like this:
It's easy to undo it need be but he can't get the knot untied by pulling on the lead anymore.
Other than that, go buy need trailer ties that are the right length.
its a 2h straight load. i load him on the left side. so the tie is on his left in front of him and when he stands tied he can reach the tie off ring with his mouth and mess with the knot. but the ring itself is around 4 inches shy of the ceiling and he can reach that when outstretching his head.
i dont want to hard tie him in there seeing as panic mode would probably happen with my luck :(
he is known for untying knots or chewing the lead enough so that a few strands break and when he pulls back the lead will snap.
I'm a trailer noob, and have only ever loaded into a slant load, so this might be a dumb question... are there tie rings outside the window?
Whenever I trailer with my trainer I always pass the lead rope through the window bars and she ties it (like the pic rascalboy posted) to the tie rings out there. The horse can't reach it, and if he starts panicking you can release it pretty quickly from outside.
If I'm understanding the layout of your trailer then have you tried tying him from both sides of his head - a bit like cross ties in a barn?
I use quick release fastenings on the ropes in my trailer that I just clip the horses on to when they load and then remove the lead rope - saves all the knots and in an emergency they unfasten easily
I hate those things on normal lead ropes though!!
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