Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
I know some folks seem to never have any problem highlining or picketing. I've had trouble with both, especially in the summer time with flies. They'll get a fly on their ear and reach up with their back foot to get it off and ping go, foot over the tie line(picket or highline).
And I've seen folks that have never had one have a problem and then eventually they do, and results in a terrible rope burn. I just don't chance it. Not worth it. Broken rope, and loose horse, is a lot better than an rope burn.
If they are trained to tie, the 1/4 rope, is more than enough to hold them. Why chance it.
A word of caution, be careful not to buy the 1/4 cotton clothes line rope that has the steel cable on the inside of the rope. I saw that once and the guy had a major, major rope burn.
I saw a guy several years back that tied with one rear hobble and attached that to a 20 ft lead fastened to a stake with a rivot, that was driven into the ground. I thought the horse would get all tangled up, but it never did. Like to know how he trained that horse to get out of the tangles.
Saw another neat trick. While in the Utah mountains we ran a cross a sheep herder that trained his horses to stay within a imaginery circle around the feed wagon. Tried to get him to tell us how, but never did get a straight answer. We'd ride by, and his horses would come lickety split towards us, and stop short of the edge of the imaginery circle.
Last edited by bbsmfg3; 06-07-2013 at 06:05 PM.