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Tie to trailer, or leave on? (spin-off)

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  • Tie to trailer, or leave on? (spin-off)

    Back in the day, seems like we always tied to the trailer, or had someone hold the horse between phases/while we (re)walked the course. (First walk had been at 3 pm the day before, with the TD or PoGJ (don't remember which, but I remember the walks!)

    It is true back in the day I had a pony who was not an easy loader at all, and trailers generally may have been smaller and a bit less horse friendly.

    These days I almost always leave horses on the trailer when they aren't being tacked up. What about you, and your arc thru the ages, if you're old enough to have one? Any theories on why you have changed what you do, if you have changed??


  • #2
    I always left mine on. Figured they were safer in their 'stall' away from home than tied.


    • #3
      I have one whom I always tied outside the trailer (he pawed and would ding up the door frame of the escape door if left on at all) and my current horse whom I always leave on the trailer (if he decided to leave, he might just take the trailer with all 17 hands of him). I think it just depends on the horse.


      • #4
        I tie outside the trailer, or I started to after I got a horse that tied! Before then I'd have to hold the blockheaded SOB all day. I think it's usually cooler off the trailer then on and they relax more.

        I've arrived at a show by 8 and stayed until 4 and my horse sleeps and eats (and eats and eats and eats) tied to the trailer except when being ridden.


        • #5
          I do both. But I trust that my horse will stay tied to the trailer. I realize he's a horse, and things can happen, but... He's pretty good. He's also good about standing on the trailer too, so.. it mostly depends on the weather.


          • #6
            We always tie here. We'll leave stallions and some naughty horses on, and a lot of the 'showies' will leave their horses on when it's raining, otherwise horses get pulled off the float, tied and fed first thing, then we go suss out numbers, rings etc.


            • #7
              Depends on the horse. My mare was very very reliable tied to the trailer and happier standing there.
              I am not sure I will trust the new boy when his time comes and will likely load him back on.
              There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


              • #8
                I think it depends on the horse, I had one that would stand happy as a clam as long as she had hay, I had one that would sit down and SNAP anything, and my new boy gets a little stressed if his buddy leaves so I don't like leaving him ties in case he starts to learn to "sit and snap" too. So he he stays tied if he has a buddy, and in the trailer if his buddy has to go off at a different time then he does.

                I know that doesn't really help does it?!

                I do leave all the doors and windows open of the trailer and just the butt bar up when he's in the trailer and I am convinced it's cooler being out of the direct sunlight then standing in the trailer.


                • #9
                  Do both. I have a sort of mental time limit on how long they should be tied to the trailer, especially on a hot day. It's nice to let them be off the trailer so they can move around; it's nice to let them be on the trailer to shield them from sun.

                  In my case, on a hot day inside the trailer is actually cooler.

                  As others have mentioned there is less opportunity to get into trouble on the trailer. I don't like to leave them tied to the side and unsupervised for a long time. Horses being horses and all ...


                  • #10
                    I am in the depends camp too.
                    The large pony left in the trailer has enough room to move around comfortably. If I am going to be near the trailer I take him off and put up a hay bag. When I was going alone however if I was leaving the near vicinity I would put him on. I actually had someone say to me how good he was just to stand in the trailer at a show last year....LOL. He is 13.3 in a 2 horse SL xtra wide & tall with two flakes of hay and the doors all open. What does he have to be un-good about! He will stand tied all day (and night did so camping on a hi line) unless something spooks him (lose horse running by, bicycle) in which case it is game on.
                    Pamela Ellis


                    • #11
                      I always thought putting them on the trailer would be safer than them breaking away from being tied. That was until one day at an event, my friend and I put our horses on the trailer to go walk xc. Two OTHER horses escaped from being tied and were galloping around the parking lot. The excitement spooked my horse, and after trying to climb out of his window, he flipped completely over. I am VERY lucky that all he walked away with was a few bumps and scrapes, thanks to a couple of amazing horsewomen that were parked nearby. The Vet on duty said to never leave the horses on the trailer, she had seen too many incidents of horses left on them gone wrong. So, he will always stay tied outside the trailer with company, or attached to my hip.


                      • #12
                        It seems like all the events I go to have to park trailers three feet apart to squeeze everyone in! My guy is fine either way but I tend to put him back on the trailer just to keep him from rubbing butts with the horse next door.
                        The big guy: Lincoln

                        Southern Maryland Equestrian


                        • #13
                          I grew up in pony club, and we tied almost everything to the trailer, all day, with a water bucket and hay net, and it was never a problem.

                          My current horse does not tie to the trailer. At all. Even with one of the fancy quick release snaps while you are actually there tacking him up. So he goes back on the trailer no matter what, and he is generally very good about hanging out quietly-- but I do try to arrange things so he is not left longer than strictly necessary.

                          I'm not sure I would be comfortable leaving most horses tied to the trailer for long periods of time at the events around here (like if I went to walk the xc course or something) since, unlike at a pony club rally, there are not people always nearby who will keep an eye on it. Also there is always that one person who decides to let their dogs run loose through the trailer area/ gallops back to get their armband/ lunges their crazy stallion in between trailers etc.


                          • #14
                            I leave them in. In the trailer, the worst they do is paw the floor, but left to their own devices with a rope... Oh no.

                            "Pat the horse; kick yourself" - Carl Hester


                            • #15
                              I also grew up in PC and I used to leave them tied to the side of the trailer (properly).... now I often will stick them back on the trailer if time warrants/if possible. I just feel better knowing they aren't gonna untie themselves or breakaway. I try to make sure they have plenty of hay and offer water before leaving and upon me getting back to the trailer... or if I have a convenient hook/tie spot I will leave water within reach.
                              Last edited by CarolinaGirl; Jan. 15, 2012, 10:36 PM.
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                              • #16
                                Grew up in pony club and always tied. My mare stands like a pony club horse. I leave her on when I get my packet, then unload and set up her haynet and water bucket. I get SOOOO frustrated by fellow horsepeople who don't tie properly. Long leadropes or no breakaway twine. Then I get the "but they wanted to eat grass" After they've stepped on their leadrope, busted their halter and the owner has no spare anything. My trailer is hotter than outside.


                                • #17
                                  I always put them back on. Much safer, much, much cooler than standing in the hot sun (I can usually get a good cross breeze going in the trailer), and much easier to deal with. If I have a fractious one, I may leave someone to hang out near the trailer, but almost every horse I've dealt with has learned to chill, munch, and nap (only horse I couldn't convince of that was Paco, and he would literally tear the trailer apart and wear himself out so much he would shut down in the next phase!).

                                  I have to admit, I HATE being parked next to someone who ties out the whole day. It seems to never fail that they will tie with 6ft of rope, the horse is fractious and ill mannered, the humans leave it for hours on end alone (I guess they figure I can babysit), are completely inconsiderate of our shared space, and they ALWAYS tie on the side I work on...Murphy's Law of One Day Events, I guess...the type of person who bugs you the most is the the person most likely to end up next to you ALL. DAY. LONG.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                                    I have to admit, I HATE being parked next to someone who ties out the whole day. It seems to never fail that they will tie with 6ft of rope, the horse is fractious and ill mannered, the humans leave it for hours on end alone (I guess they figure I can babysit), are completely inconsiderate of our shared space, and they ALWAYS tie on the side I work on...Murphy's Law of One Day Events, I guess...the type of person who bugs you the most is the the person most likely to end up next to you ALL. DAY. LONG.
                                    We tie-er outers hate being next to these types too.


                                    • #19
                                      My horse is a loon on the trailer ESPECIALLY by herself. Outside tied, she can watch the comings and goings easier and she is rather claustrophobic at times (although trailer has drop down windows). I've always tied to the trailer with water and hay nets. Just have to remember to bring pitchfork to clean up after them. She ties well.


                                      • #20
                                        I won't let anyone tie up a haynet to the outside of my trailer - might scratch it!
                                        So that decides it - unless the horse is tied for a short period of time.
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