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    01-04-2011, 10:20 AM
I strongly suggest you teach your horse to hobble and stand tied at a high line. Camping will require the horses to spend a lot of time in both.

He should be comfortable with normal trail ride types of behavior. Such as you putting on a coat or poncho while in the saddle. You'd really hate to go for a wild ride on a spooked horse with your arms behind your back trying to get into the sleeves of a coat. Also if you lead a pack horse. The rope will get under his tail. All saddle horses should be comfortable with a lead rope getting under their tail and with the ponied horse being right on their butt.
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    01-04-2011, 10:21 AM
Originally Posted by Nine    
I've never been horse camping, but hope to do it this summer. Is there anything special you have to teach a horse - other than a tent is not carnivorous?
If there are not corrals you will have to teach your horse to stand tied over night or take the stuff with you to put up a temp corral.
    01-04-2011, 10:58 AM
Thank you WickedNag and Painted Horse. I hadn't thought of hobbles. I've just seen the high line, when I checked out the camp site I want to stay in. As far as the tail thing, he's a pretty level headed guy. I've been working on getting him used to harness, as I want to drive. So he's used to all manner of stuff under his tail. And the crupper, too. I'm looking into getting portable fence. It seems kinda spendy, since I haven't even camped yet. Thanks again for the good advice.
    01-05-2011, 08:04 AM
I have camped with my horses as long as a week, never longer, but have never owned hobbles or had a need to.
    01-05-2011, 01:04 PM
Horse Containment While Camping.

You have several choices, and which choice is best will depend upon the campsite environment, your horse and you. The "Highline" is effective and relatively safe if set up properly. You must use the correct equipment: tree saver straps, rope and swivels. A rope "Picket" is also safe and effective if used with a single hobble on your horse and your horse is conditioned to its use. Using "Hobbles" by themselves are the last thing I would recommend. I have seen horses run/lope almost as fast with hobbles as without them! Portable, "electric fences" are safe and effective during the day, and when you are in camp. I would never leave a horse alone or at night with just an electric fence to contain him/her. Regardless of which method you select, please use them at home in your own environment before subjecting your horse and you to them while camping!
    01-05-2011, 10:10 PM
Thanks, Gamecock67. The high lines were already set up permanently at the camp site. I just have to get my Teddy used to that. I wish there was a book on horse camping. I feel foolish not knowing how long the lead should be when on a high tie, etc. Any suggestions on litereature or a good article in a horse magazine? You guys are great to spread your knowledge. I appreciate it.
    01-05-2011, 10:18 PM
Hey Gamecock67, you said not to use electric at night. Is this just for horses that aren't used to electric fence or because they're in a strange environment and won't remember the fence being there, if they get jittery?
    01-05-2011, 10:20 PM
By the way, WickedNag, your horse has the prettiest face. I really like those wide blazes.
    01-06-2011, 12:26 AM
I have used a highline and we leave it long enough for the horses to drink if we have just finished a ride. Also leave it long when we feed them. At night we shorten it so they won't get tangled in the lead rope. Although my horse some how manages to stretdh everything and lay down but she has not got tangled in the lead rope yet!!!
    01-06-2011, 06:58 AM
Portable electric fence night usage.

Hello Nine. It has been our experience that the use of portable electric fences at night are a liablity from both the risk of your horse been panicked and bolting through the fence (believe me, if he/she are frightened and jump into a full gallop, the shock they receive from passing through the fence is a minute disstraction from what ever they are fleeing from). The other risk comes from deer, elk, bear, or other animals that are not use to electrical fences and will simply run through them, thus freeing your horses. Believe me, it is no fun to be out in the night in a strange location looking for your horse.

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