Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
I do it quite a bit, but my trailer is an open stock with no dividers, and I primarily ride western where the heavy leather isn't much prone to damage if it gets bumped or rubbed. Unload, tighten the cinch again, bridle, and go. Working cowboys do it daily-- saddle in the morning, load the horses to where the work is that day, unload, and go.
Interesting anecdote-- a few years ago, we were at a restaurant off of an interstate highway exit and a couple of horse trailers pull in, open up the windows, and four guys come in to eat. From their conversation it was clear they'd just come from a team roping event. While we were there, a truck hauling cattle exited off the interstate and rolled the truck over into the ditch. Loose cattle everywhere... at dusk, on a major road. Those guys got up, tossed money on the table for the meals they'd just started eating, ran out to the trailers, unloaded their horses and pulled the cinches tight, and off they went shaking out loops of rope to get those cattle driven somewhere off the road and away from traffic. Someone cut a fence into a neighboring field, and they pushed the cattle through, roping what wouldn't drive, then helped get the rest of the cattle safely off the damaged truck and into waiting trailers that had arrived by then with law enforcement. I hate to think of the chaos that would have ensued with all those cattle running around on a busy interstate highway in the dark had those four guys not been there with their good horses and cattle working skills. We've had to do the same thing coming across loose animals and/or accidents with livestock trailers coming home from a trail ride or having a truck drive off the road near our place, too. A couple guys I ride with sometimes rope, and they always haul their horses tacked and ready because they've needed them more than once in an emergency where taking the time to saddle wouldn't have been possible. If I had my rope horse on the trailer, I usually hauled him saddled and with a rope in the tack room 'just in case.' Not that you have to, but hauling saddled, particularly for western riders/ranch workers/ropers is pretty common. Some tie the stirrups up with a snap-clip dog collar, but I usually leave them down since my horses haul well and my trailer doesn't have dividers.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 06-21-2019 at 03:20 PM.