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Preparing for my first overnight - hi-ties?

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  • #41
    I use a high line usually, but have also tied to the trailer overnight when there was not place to high line.

    You can get all the stuff you need for high lining from Hill View Farms (under the Hardware & Rigging link) and they have some invaluable information on their website about it. The website is a bit hard to navigate, though, I'll admit. They also have the trailer high ties.

    For one horse you need 30' of picket line rope (I bought 50' in case I needed to tie two horses), tree savers, two horse positioners, a lead that ties to the positioner, a hay net, and possibly the rope cleat (I can't tie worth a darn despite rope classes so it's worth it to me!).

    I prefer to use the rope Horse Positioner with the ring rather than the metal No-Knot positioners. You can put the rope ones on when the line is already up and move them about easily. You can also set it to allow the horse to move on the line or make it static. Use one for your hay net, too.

    As for using a lead to tie, I prefer to use HVF's Picket lead/cross tie with safety snaps on both ends. It is adjustable and doesn't have a loop like a regular cross tie would.

    I prefer a rope hay net rather than the canvas ones as they hold more hay and it doesn't all end up on the ground so easy. For water, I use the 12 gal TubTrugs, they can get stepped on and hold their shape. Feed goes in flat Rubbermaid feed pans.

    I have maybe $100 into a set-up for two horses and it fits into a pretty small tote.

    I definitely tested my horse at home. I was able to set up the high line in my barn (old tobacco barn) and I would bring the horse in and put her on the tie and feed her there in a flat ground feeder and give her a hay net and make her hang out while I did stuff around the barn.

    Sorry if I sound like a walking advert for HVF, but they made it really easy for this novice to get into camping out with the horse when I had no one around to take me under their wing.
    ~ Shannon Hayden ~


    • #42
      Originally posted by tabula rashah View Post
      Can I ask where you got your taller posts?

      They might actually be only 4 1/2 feet -- the website says 64 inches, but I think that includes the spike. But they're tall enough that he can't comfortably put his head over them with the tape on the top slot.
      RIP Victor... I'll miss you, you big galumph.


      • #43
        Originally posted by BigHorseLittleHorse View Post

        They might actually be only 4 1/2 feet -- the website says 64 inches, but I think that includes the spike. But they're tall enough that he can't comfortably put his head over them with the tape on the top slot.
        "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
        So you might as well have a good time"


        • Original Poster

          I'm only popping in to say thanks to all for the additional ideas and links. I'm so dang excited (but preoccuppied with my daughters birthday party for now!)...so far, I think the endurance and trail riding set is by far the most helpful group of people.


          • #45
            ^ definitely agree

            Enjoy your first ride, and your idea of volunteering is GREAT. My husband agrees to do one "horse" thing per year, and it used to usually be a day at a show, trying not to fall asleep until my round. He came to one of my distance rides 2 years ago, and he really got into it. Within about 20 minutes of my departure, the ride vet had him scribing at the finish line, and he talked about it most of the way home. He enjoyed the camping, and he got tons of ideas for trailer improvements from everyone else.
            Lifestyle coordinator for Zora, Spooky, Wolfgang and Warrior


            • #46
              Can I make a suggest to the OP and some of you ladies sleeping in your trailers?

              A Parachute Hammock. Tied diagonally you can get a real nice comfy bed going on. Plus you don't have to sweep out of worry about stray hay or shavings.

              Another idea is an inflatable pool and fill it with a memory foam mattress, blankets, pillows and be ultra comfy!! You can do this with the truck bed as well.

              They also make tents that you can put up in the truck bed.

              I think some inexpensive area rugs, the hammock and or pool filled with comfy stuff, some heavy weight canvas for the sides of the trailer and door for privacy, battery operated lamps, a small table and a cooler would be the PERFECT thing for the horse trailer.

              I would probably set up the front stall as a living area and keep the back for the horse in case it rains or you want to set up a stall/turn out.
              Chambermaid to....


              • Original Poster

                Oh, great ideas KS!