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    03-04-2014, 08:54 PM
easy fence to use

I found this fence system that can be set up in under 5 min even in the dark.
Portable Fence: HORSE TRAIL RIDERS ..see RoFlexs, a mobile...portable electric horse travel corral fencing - easy to use fence - camping with horses - fast.reliable.convenient -
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    03-04-2014, 09:22 PM
Corporal already hit my preferred system, but since you're trailering you have a variety of options (that have already been gone over).

Camping my way = having the horse trained well in advance since the horse is the only vehicle (just horse, rider and the very "extras" ). Ultimately I like to have my horses ready for 3 things. Staking, hobbling and high line (in that order actually since it's my order of preference ). Although hobbling actually gets used the least due to certain risks that exist in many of the areas that I camp (which is pretty much any place I can get permission (or hide out of sight )

I like staking (and hobbling when it's feasible), because it allows for grazing (since I don't have the options of carrying days worth of hay) which helps keep them both fed, occupied and able to move around more during the evening/night/early morning (at no extra cost or effort ).
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    03-05-2014, 09:16 PM
I love that system wade, that is nice. About the same cost as most others too.

I too am gearing up for some overnighters and we've only ever tied to the trailer. My guy loves to sleep laying down tho and I want him to be able to, is there any reason not to let this happen? He's pretty quiet, and more than likely it'll be just me or me plus one so I really dont' want to have to build a corral every time.

Plus, I just ordered a saddle, so the funds are going to be a bit sparse for a while!
    03-07-2014, 12:58 PM
Another vote for the picket pin here. Easy, light, and with the bonus effect of teaching your horse to be good with ropes...

Hobbles are also good, although as several has said they donīt always do much for slowing a horse down if heīs determined to head off. You can use them in daylight to get as much feed into him as possible, then when that head starts to come up and look around, itīs time to picket him. Or use a triple hobble with a cuff on a hind foot as well - that really will slow them down.

But whatever system you choose to go with, get your horse used to it first (I think itīs worth repeating what a million people have already said...)
    03-07-2014, 01:16 PM
We used to constantly tie and train our horses to not panic when they get a leg caught. Only a few of them ever skinned their pasterns. Once we had a 15ft. Square area to picket my 3 Veterans, "Tyke", "Corporal" and "Ro Go Bar" on their picket pins and we made it work.
Check out the tv trainers and their instructions on teaching a horse to accept hobbles. It's the same concept. =D
    03-07-2014, 02:59 PM
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.

Field trialers use this same method, drive a stake into the ground and attach a rope to it. However in an effort to keep knots out of the rope and to protect pasterns we use rope sleeved in either pvc or rubber air hose. It is also helpful to use a collar when you tie out lik ethis than a halter.... just saying.

FieldKing Horse Stake Out - Picket Line Only

This is the one I use ^^^ but I have seen home made options that look just as good. For a stake I use cut off 3/4 tone truck axles with a washer as a swivel.

    03-13-2014, 01:22 PM
Went to a ride last year and a horse was tied to the trailer got the line wraped around his neck, spooked and choked himself to death...I always tie mine with the head high and get up every 2 hours and give them a break...
    03-14-2014, 11:16 PM
Before I got my LQ. I had a 16ft stock trailer. I mounted Steel L- brackets on the side of it and the arm that stuck out had a slant to it. I could hang 4 12ft corral panels on it. Used bungie cords to hold the panels together and then a piece of rope to secure the panels to the trailer. Worked great!!! They didn't stick out any further than the spare tire mounted on the side.
    05-03-2014, 01:12 PM
Fences are an awesome idea but I'm all about being cheap whenever I can so I usually tie my horse up with plenty of hay for the night :) also that way if they get scared they won't break through the fence or something
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