Installing cross ties?
At my neighbor's house, where I keep Lacey, the only option for tying her is straight tying her in her shed in such a way that she can't see out.
There's a road about 30ft away from the shed, directly behind her when she's tied, that always has people moving around on it and it causes her to be slightly fractious when she's tied because she can't see what's going on.
I was trying to think of a way to solve it and the solution I came to was attaching cross ties to the wooden beam over the open side of the shed (see picture).
Sorry about the picture size... I thought it would be a little bigger. Hopefully it's still readable to you. :)
I would just do a straight tie there but sometimes she likes to move around when she's tied and I can just see her making too much use of having a full 360 degree area to be in.
Anyway, so I'm wondering if it's acceptable to have cross ties that are attached to the wall (attached to the beam) about 3 feet over her head... They would obviously be loose enough that she could hold her head at a normal height, I'm just not sure if there's a certain height that cross ties MUST be lower than, you know?
And, if she's cross tied in the door way, it means that her manger/the back wall of the shed is about 4 feet behind her butt. Would that be a problem?
I assume it'd be fine, but I thought I'd ask first.
Also, how can I be sure that she knows how to cross tie? I assume she does since she high lines, straight ties, is 26 and therefore has done pretty much everything, and has never freaked out while tied... I'm sure she'll be fine with it since she has giving to pressure down pat, but if there's a test I could do, or something, I'd feel better. haha
Our cross ties are attached to a beam. But you don't want to tie directly to it. If the horse panics over anything, they can do damage both to the structure or themselves. I tie a double loop of hay-type twine and attach the cross tie to that. If there is trouble, the twine will break, not the structure or horse. Even panic snaps are not better, although I have them on tne ties, too. Things happen too fast and hard to react quickly enough.
I have seen many places where the twine is holding the chain (90% of the cross ties I've seen are chain) and connecting it to the wall, to me it really doesnt seem safe at all. If the horse spooks and breaks the twine, good hes free he wont flip over or anything, but now you have a possibly loose panicked horse with 5 foot+ ropes/chains on either side! A much safer alternitive is to tie the twine between the clip which attaches to the halter, and the chain, this way if the horse does spook, there wont be anything hanging or dragging.
Our cross ties are baling twine. :P Easy to replace if needed!
I don't use chain, but flat nylon with panic snaps. If they break loose, the nylon doesn't spook them very much. I have never seen a horse freak when they break loose. They are usually just relieved to have the pressure off.
I know I'm a little late in adding, but thought I'd mention that cross ties should be above the horses withers- I don't think there's any upper height limit so long as the straps reach with enough slack for the horse to hold his head normally as you mentioned.
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