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coolpapabill

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Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« on: August 29, 2017, 09:54:16 am »

We just traded our 2 horse straight load with mangers for a
slant load. We never tied our horses when traveling before ,
because they seemed pretty secure in the two horse setup with
padded chest walls.

Just curious if those of you who use slant loads , tie your
horses in the trailer when traveling or not. Also if you do
tie , how are your horses tied.   

Thanks as always for your input
CPB
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KysaSD

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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 10:25:10 am »

Yes, I tie in the slant load.  I tie long so the horse can put its head down somewhat, but short enough that they cannot get the poll of their head below the trailer divider. 
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stablemind

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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 11:01:53 am »

Same as what Kysa said. I know there are those who recommend leaving them untied, but any time we've done that, the horses have come off the trailer with cuts from putting their heads under the dividers.
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kckc

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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 12:58:03 pm »

yes tie long ... my horses tend to want to explore if they are loose or nibble hay on the floor or if left loose would probably play under or over the divider  :-)
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 01:21:03 pm »

I have trailer ties with quick release couplers in each stall of our slant load trailer. Always use them. Don't have window screens on this trailer, so we always put fly masks on our horses. And, the window bars are always in place. Nothing aggravates me more than seeing horses being hauled with nothing on the windows for protection and the horses hanging their heads out of the trailer! Makes as much sense as hauling a dog loose in the bed of a pickup truck. (Another peeve. Why did I get on a rant? Oh well.)
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 04:21:17 pm »

Yes, we tie, always. 
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2017, 05:10:12 pm »

Hate a slant.  But yes, I always tie regaurgkess of what type trailer.  Fairly long .
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 05:00:12 am »

We have a 4 horse open stock type trailer.......and we always tie with quick release tie straps.
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 05:12:08 am »

We always tie, in any type trailer
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2017, 05:41:46 am »

I always tie if the horse ties. I've seen too many problems caused by loose horses not too. getting turned around, under and over dividers, shooting out when you open the door...just seems safer to me.
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coolpapabill

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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2017, 05:47:43 am »

We have a couple extra Blocker Tie Rings , and have seen people
use those in trailers. Any one here use those or The Clip by Smart
Tie in their trailer?   Thanks
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2017, 01:46:18 pm »

I don't tie if he's all alone and have never had an issue. When he's with another horse, I tie long just in case.
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2017, 03:26:01 pm »

I don't tie known variables, I do tie curious, immature,  or silly horses. My high mileage show horse? No...he's going to take a nap :)
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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2017, 04:23:07 pm »

I have never owned a straight but my horse(s) has(ve) ridden in one many many times.  They are - in either hauling trailer - always tied with a long bungee with panic snap.  Long so if they want to get their head down they can.  In my slant, same thing.  I loop the lead rope loosely over the neck in both hauling trailers.  Each of trailers straight or slant always have vinyl mangers with mesh for the bottom of the feeder for hay or whatever you want to put in there.  My bungees are two feet long and have a bull snap at one end and a panic at the other.  For some horses I have hauled for clients, I remove the manger and just use the same bungee.  I have had many be upset at being hauled and they have ripped off the hay feeder things, pooped and peed on them while they were hauled.  Yeah, horse owner did not pay for it btw. 

My high mileage endurance horse if he was left untied he would nibble legs of other horses in the trailer, and anywhere else he wanted to, which was also over the divider, and pester the horse next to him.  That resulted in my trailer being dented.  That same gelding whether he was tied or not he would sometimes rub his whole halter off.  He is also the one who would rub off his grazing muzzle, until I started to braid and vet wrap the crown to his mane.  Win for me.

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Re: Trailering : To tie or not to tie ?
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2017, 05:12:19 pm »

NEVER a bungee
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