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    08-26-2011, 12:35 PM
Beautiful photos! I ride all winter but I'm a weenie and do my winter riding in the indoor sporting under armor :) I don't ride below 15 degrees. I always make sure they get brushed out and dry afterwards.

Be sure to share pics of your hunting trips!
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    08-26-2011, 12:51 PM
Here you go - a pic of a highline

If you go here you can scroll over the pic to see the various knots in more detail as well as a video (with bagpipe music ).

This is the set up I use and it's worked very well for me. The biggest issue I see is is people setting the line too low and too loose. Needs to be high and tight. When weight isn't an issue I've seen outfitters using come alongs to tighten the line.

Hope this helps
    08-26-2011, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
Beautiful photos! I ride all winter but I'm a weenie and do my winter riding in the indoor sporting under armor :) I don't ride below 15 degrees. I always make sure they get brushed out and dry afterwards.

Hahaha...then I'm a super weenie, it gets under 40 degrees and my behind is in the house!
    08-26-2011, 01:14 PM
Thanks for the input(even from the weenies ). Is that a set up for a single horse? Do they all need to be seperate or can you make a long one for a few of them. Obviously they shouldn't be able to reach each other. I tie my hunting dogs out at camp on a picket line. It's one long chain with 8 short chains with snaps on them(they can't reach each other). I am the worst about pictures. I was banned from using the camera a couple years ago when I broke my wifes 1100 dollar camera. Cell phones just don't quite cut it. :)
    08-26-2011, 01:42 PM
I live in northern Minnesota, and it routinely drops far below -30F, occasionally below -40F, with record lows around -50F. Because horses are NOT native to northern Minnesota, I don't just assume that they can handle it because they are animals, etc. When our temperatures are at their lowest, they get gobs of extra calories in addition to heavy duty blankets, and that is with no work at all. I generally don't ride below 20F above, but if I do, it's an easy trail ride at a walk, or it's in an indoor arena where the wind can't cause a chill. What we need to remember is that even though wild horses can survive in harsh winters, they are not being asked to do anything but search for food and occasionally evade predators. Our horses are asked to work, and also, they are not wild horses. They aren't as hardy, and they require more care. How are they getting water? Eating snow and riverwater can chill their insides. It is alot to think about, but I'm glad you've taken the time to think about it. Alot of people would just pack up and go regardless of temps.
    08-26-2011, 02:53 PM
You can make the line as long as you need as long as you can keep it tight and keep the horses away from each other (I try for 10-15 feet between horses). If the horses are too close they can kick/ bite/ get tangled up with one another. The pic is just an example of how to string the line and some of the different ways to attach the beasts to it.

A method that I didn't show (because I'm not a huge fan of it) is to tie the lead to a carabiner that can run the length the line, with stoppers ( just a stick on clove hitch) to keep them apart or from getting too close to the trees.

I'll run a picket line for the horses in summer so they can graze (not an option for you in the winter) but still put them on the highline at night. Keeps them out of trouble and ensures that I don't have to walk the next morning.

Off to speak about map and compass usage for horse riders. Have a great weekend!
    08-26-2011, 03:04 PM
Thanks Trails! I miss Western Washington. All of my family is still there. Your pictures are awesome. I keep thinking I'll get back up there one fall and go on a fall bear hunt but it never seems to time out right.
    08-26-2011, 07:45 PM
The basic rules of Highlines are The rules of 7
7 feet high,
7 feet feet between horses
17" leads

If you follow this the horses will be under the highline, won't be able to tangle their leads together.

When I feed the horses, I do lengthen the leads so they can reach the hay, but I tighten them up when they are done eating or when I'm not around to watch. I've also left them long on occassion to let the horses lay down after a hard day, Again, I shorten them if I'm not close by.

The elk are north of Duchsene

Don't leave your leads this long and go off an forget about the horses, They will stand up and move around and tangle each other or get a hind foot over the lead and get a rope burn.

As you can see, I often have mine Highline long enough to get 4 horses on it, with space between
    08-26-2011, 08:02 PM
My horses have spent many a night tied to a highline

This is February out on the San Rafael, The riders are pointing at Wild Mustangs in the far distance

The snow here was two feet deep 10 days earlier. We had a winter thaw that melted off a lot of snow

We try and give them as much water as possible, But they still eat snow during the rides.

After my horses are done drinking, I give them a mash of Beet Pulp that I soaked in hot water. My horses love it, and it adds more water to what they have alread drank.
    08-26-2011, 08:06 PM
Painted horse, every time you post a pic of that Buckskin horse of yours I get a wave of horse envy. Just when are you going to pack that horse up and send it here to NZ - I will make it very happy I promise.

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