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Roux 01-16-2014 01:07 AM

Camping overnight - what would you do?
So I am trying to prepare for an overnight trip with my horse and have decided that I would like to set up a high-line for the over night - I have seen this done before etc.

Then I realized that where I am going there are NO trees. Not even a few - literally zero. New Mexico Desert of course.

Ok so acknowledging that high-lining is probably the best what comes next?
Maybe trailer to trailer? (Not sure how since I just have one?)
Portable Pens?
Just tying to the trailer?


stevenson 01-16-2014 01:15 AM

I have tied to the trailer. Make sure the water bucket is secure and that the horse wont get a foot in it, and you can use a hay net for hay, or if you feed cubes make sure that bucket or pail is secure. also be sure your horse stands nicely when tied to the trailer. Or if you have light weight panels , those would be my first choice.

phantomhorse13 01-16-2014 10:54 AM

When we camp, we use portable electric pens. They work very well for our horses, who are experienced campers and very respectful of the electric.

I have seen countless methods of securing horses and all of them have good and bad points. Almost like the barefoot-vs-shoes debate, some people are passionate that one way is better than another. :wink: So much is finding the right thing for your horse and your situation. I have seen horses injure themselves and/or get loose from every system - just goes back to horses are horses and will always find a way to outsmart us!

One thing I would def suggest is practicing at home a couple times and then "traveling" somewhere (even if its just to a friend's house to camp in an unused paddock) to try it before the actual event. Then you can see for yourself how it is (or isn't) working and make adjustments before the actual event.

smrobs 01-16-2014 11:21 AM

If your horse is familiar with and respectful of electric, then that would be the way to go. A strand of electrobraid strung up on step in posts with a little charger on there would be easy to set up and effective for keeping a horse inside so long as he doesn't test fences.

Roux 01-16-2014 11:36 AM

Thanks guys. I have until the middle of March to train and get him used to what ever we decide.

Phantom- if you read enough "camping with horses" articles it's enough to scare you into not trying. Lol like you said horses are just that horses!

When he is in pasture he is fenced with electric wire although it's not always reliably hot. I have seen him jump over roll under and walk through it. So electric might not be good for us. At least I know he will be OK if he gets caught in wire haha.

He stands tied perfectly even for several hours and around chaos. So I am leaning to just tying and setting an alarm during the night to check on him. I like the look of the trailer tie out that extends from the trailer like a long arm but I've never seen one in person.
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usandpets 01-16-2014 11:54 AM

What type of trailer do you have? Is it open like a stock trailer? If so, last resort would be leave the horse inside overnight. If it is a straight load with non-removable divider, that would not work the best. The horse would have no chance to lay down.

When we camp, we use electric fence with the step in posts. The charger connects to the battery in the vehicle. The horses have only gone through the fence once but that was because they spooked from a bear nearby, we think.

Some people have used pvc pipe to make panels. There are portable fence systems too. Some that are a post with something like electric polytape inside that pulls out to connect to the next post.

You could teach your horse to tie to a ground stake.
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smrobs 01-16-2014 12:11 PM

^^That's a good point, if you have a stock trailer he could stay in there. It wouldn't be much different than having him in a stall.

phantomhorse13 01-16-2014 12:35 PM


Originally Posted by Roux (Post 4544241)
I like the look of the trailer tie out that extends from the trailer like a long arm but I've never seen one in person.

Hi-ties are probably the second most popular containment method at rides around here. For the most part they work really well, assuming the horse ties. :wink: I have even seen people set up a line between 2 ties (one on either end of the same side of the trailer) to allow their horse even more room to move around.

2BigReds 01-16-2014 01:52 PM

I wanted to add a quick note-if you tie to the trailer, PLEASE make sure that you have some sort of breakaway system in case the horse pulls back so he doesn't pull the trailer over on top of them! Someone left a warmblood tied to a trailer with a super sturdy leather halter at a show and left them, the horse freaked out and pulled the trailer over. :cry: My chiro told me about that a few months ago when he was working on Sock. So sad.

On a lighter note, I would think that electric or travel panels would be best if a highline won't work, but mostly I'm subbing for information because I would love to go horse camping sometime! :-)

jamesqf 01-16-2014 02:35 PM


Originally Posted by phantomhorse13 (Post 4543913)
I have seen horses injure themselves and/or get loose from every system - just goes back to horses are horses and will always find a way to outsmart us!

Yeah, but I've also seen (and heard lots more stories) horses injure themselves or get in scary situations at home. So it's not so much a matter of having a perfect travelling system, but of deciding how much worse it is than home.

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