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post #1 of 7 Old 01-01-2015, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Question tying a horse

I am currently looking after 2 horses that are kept in a field with no stable. with the owner i am hoping to look after them and bring them back into work. As there is not a stable i do not have a tie ring but i do have bailing twine. Where would be the best place to tie the horses? onto the fence or else were. there is a shed there.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-01-2015, 06:20 PM
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Never a good idea to tie a horse to a fence, if they spook or pull back they can take part of the fence with them. Depending on the size/construction of the shed, if it has solid framing posts, minimum of 4x4 inches, 4x6 is even better. You can try tying to those. Can't say for sure without seeing the shed. Just make sure you keep the safety of yourself and the horses foremost.
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You can buy rings that clip onto things that slowly release the lead when pulling back. They are usually safe for most tie points. If you're going to tie with twine look for a solid wood sunken fence post. I don't know what sort of fencing you have but in wire fencing they usually make up structural points like corners and gate posts. Don't tie to the actual gate, tie to the post its hung off.
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It would be much safer to buy a tie ring to attach to wherever you want to tie. While tying with twine protects the fence, it is not safe for the horse IMO. In most cases it is much safer for a horse to stay tied than to get loose. You also run the high risk of teaching a horse to pull back when tied if the horse does get away. A tie ring won't put enough force on a fence to break it, and when used properly allows a horse to move if something spooks them but not get loose.
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If there is any chance that the horse is going to pull back and you're not using a blocker ring, do not tie to anything less than a 6"x6" or a 6" round post and tie high (wither height). A horse that sits back can easily break a 4"x4".

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i do not have a tie ring but i do have bailing twine. Where would be the best place to tie the horses? onto the fence or else were. there is a shed there.
I don't understand how bailing twine and a tie ring relate.

As others have posted, tie only to a very sturdy post, building or even a large tree. I am of the "once tied, stay tied" mind; the bailing twine is a bad idea, IMO. It can break.
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