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        01-16-2014, 03:35 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    You could set up a swing arm( think manual car wash) bolted to the side of the horse trailer that can be secured to the trailer during travel. Attach a stretchable rope from the arm to connect to the halter so there is some give in the event of a light spook. Maybe even a spring system on the arm where it attaches to the trailer then run the rope through eyes like a fishing pole out the end and down to the halter. You could even make the arm where it has several sections and can extend out to make for more room to move about for the horse. Maybe even add a hatchback/hood shock from the arm down to the base for more absorption in the event of them trying to pull free.


    Hmm, I may be onto something and will head for the drawing board to see what I can famribicate...hehehe
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        01-16-2014, 04:41 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I'm not fond of tying to my steel trailer, bc of the edges. It's a shame that of all of the gear that the US Cavalry used, NOBODY has picked up on perhaps their most useful, the Cavalry picket pin. We trained out horses to use this, and if I was camping with you I would just have to pound one into the ground. It has a swivel at the top and we used to use 25 feet of rope. Most people don't know how to train for this, and complain that it rips up a horse's pasterns, but it's just like training for anything else. If you are camping in the desert you might want to consider it.
    I would not ever leave a water bucket overnight with my horse, unless it was a rubber feeder/water bucket without metal.
         
        01-16-2014, 04:51 PM
      #13
    Foal
    If there aren't any other options, I too think I would opt to put the horse in the trailer over night. Although, if he's not quiet you'll have some irritated neighbors come morning. ;)

    If you do tie to the trailer, make sure he's tied high and short. You don't want him to lie down and get his legs under the trailer. And yes, either a panic snap or a knife handy to cut the lead if trouble happens.

    Also, be prepared for some missing paint on the trailer if the horse is left tied for a long time. Trailer paint is very tasty you know. ;) Also close any windows that have screens on them. Screens are tasty too. ;) A hay bag tied high can keep them occupied for quite a while, but when empty will probably hang low enough to cause another concern of getting a foot caught. Best to remove hay bags/nets for over night.

    It took me many years to be comfortable with how my horses were doing throughout the night while camping. There were many nights when they got way more sleep than it did! LOL Knock on wood, we've never had any serious problems through the many years of camping but I've seen my share of accidents. Some of which could have been prevented, some not.

    Enjoy your outing!
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        01-16-2014, 04:54 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Another useful tool to train the horses with is the Hobble. If trained properly it is as safe as any other option out there. There are always dangers with any method, but the risks are reduced by constant training and use of them so the horse sees it as normal.
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        01-16-2014, 05:23 PM
      #15
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    I like the portable electric pens. You can make one that is quite easy to stow. Here are some hints how to make it.

    Horse Camping with Portable Panels and Electric Tape

    If you have an indoor, you can set it up in there to train the horse to respect it. Make it as large as you can, at least initially. The step in posts will sink right into the footing.

    You can save money by putting it together yourself or, you can a kit.

    http://www.zarebasystems.com/store/e...ce-equine/ezee
         
        01-16-2014, 06:49 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I vote for the electric enclosure. I spent a loooong night in Nevada one time when I had my high line tied to the only tree in the area and my horse trailer. Wild horses were around calling to my horse and making him a little nuts and he would tug on that picket line rocking the trailer. Finally I put him in the trailer and then got to hear him rattle the hay net and stomp around for the rest of the night. Come to think of it I would probably been nervous about him getting out of an enclosure too???
         
        01-16-2014, 07:41 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I think the portable panels or the electric tape would be best. I had a horse get hurt on the high tie, don't know how or what he did, but the next morning he had a huge lump in his throat latch area and Vet guessed it was an injury from the high tie, lead rope.
         
        01-16-2014, 08:41 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    I'm not fond of tying to my steel trailer, bc of the edges. It's a shame that of all of the gear that the US Cavalry used, NOBODY has picked up on perhaps their most useful, the Cavalry picket pin. We trained out horses to use this, and if I was camping with you I would just have to pound one into the ground. It has a swivel at the top and we used to use 25 feet of rope. Most people don't know how to train for this, and complain that it rips up a horse's pasterns, but it's just like training for anything else. If you are camping in the desert you might want to consider it.
    I would not ever leave a water bucket overnight with my horse, unless it was a rubber feeder/water bucket without metal.
    Read about doing this but never taught my horses as I live in tree country. I also read that it helps to feed the first 6 feet through a hunk of old garden hose to keep it from wrapping around your horses legs.
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        01-16-2014, 09:17 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    Another useful tool to train the horses with is the Hobble. If trained properly it is as safe as any other option out there. There are always dangers with any method, but the risks are reduced by constant training and use of them so the horse sees it as normal.
    I've seen some horses that can shuffle along pretty quickly with hobbles.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    It's a shame that of all of the gear that the US Cavalry used, NOBODY has picked up on perhaps their most useful, the Cavalry picket pin. We trained out horses to use this, and if I was camping with you I would just have to pound one into the ground. It has a swivel at the top and we used to use 25 feet of rope. Most people don't know how to train for this, and complain that it rips up a horse's pasterns, but it's just like training for anything else. If you are camping in the desert you might want to consider it.
    That's what I meant by tying to a ground stake. I don't have any experience with it so I didn't expand on it.

    Like said before, there are risks with whichever you choose.
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        01-16-2014, 09:41 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    I've seen some horses that can shuffle along pretty quickly with hobbles.

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    Shuffle? Mine doesn't shuffle and they don't slow him down much. He just comes up on the front end while keeping those back feet moving, how fast they move depends on how fast he wants to get somewhere. All hobbles do is make him consider whether the extra effort required is worth it or not.
         

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