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post #11 of 12 Old 08-23-2019, 03:07 AM
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I hope that vid that was posted with horses tied to a WIRE fence wasn't yours Atoka. I hope you realise that that's a seriously dangerous thing to do - can you imagine the horse bolting, with a big length of twangy, bouncy wire(hope that's all) 'chasing' him?? And look out for other horses, people, etc which might be in the way.

I've heard some horror stories but only had this happen twice in person, thankfully not too big a deal. First time, I turned up at my agistment place & there were horses tied everywhere waiting for the dentist. 2 were tied to a wire fence & one of them shied. Thankfully, it settled after only popping out a few staples & pulling the fence wire loose. The other horse jumped back when the fence came at him, but he was thankfully a 'been there done that' type that looked more annoyed about it than frightened.

The second time I turned up at a new client's & as I approached the horse, saw how it was tied & told the owner to untie it immediately because that was dangerous. But, too late she cried, the horse pulled back, spooked when the wire pulled taut making a noise on the old fence, then pulled & spooked seriously. Which was when I realised the wire attached to the horse was also attached to an old board nailed to the bodgy old fence. The board popped off, everything broke & the horse bolted, with the wire & board full of nails after him. I was behind him originally, so everything was coming at me! I somehow managed to jump the wire as he went past. He thankfully pulled up down the other end of the property, with only a few minor scrapes & puncture wounds from the nails in the wood.

So... always, always consider what you're tying to & where possible, only ever tie to strong, safe things - like trees, well bedded, strong posts etc. If there is nowhere safe to tie to, still do not ever tie to wire, a nailed board fence, etc, but find the firmest thing and use a bit of balers twine, or use a 'tie ring' on a loose setting or such, so that it will definitely break/release before the weak fixture will.

Ed to correct; mistaken name, someone alerted me to - originally wrote Acadian instead of Atoka - sorry.

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post #12 of 12 Old 08-23-2019, 09:37 AM
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Yup. Red unties himself too. I switched him to a The Safe clip year, and I love it.

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