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Using a neck rope to tie to trailer?

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  • Using a neck rope to tie to trailer?

    I was trying a horse this weekend and saw that she was tied to a rail with a neck rope, rather than via her halter. My initial reaction was somewhere along the lines of WTF, but the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if it might be a good way to secure a horse to the trailer while tacking/untacking at a meet. I always have a moment of panic when bridling or unbridling--that instant when you have reins over the head, but nothing else to control them with--and this seems like a good compromise.

    I attached a photo below of a horse (not the one I tried) in the same kind of neck rope--it looks like a normal lead rope with a ring tied in that you loop around their neck and then clip, tying the other end to a rail or trailer, etc.

    Does anyone use this method? Pros and cons?

    This is not the horse I was trying, but it is the only picture I can find of one with the same kind of neck rope.

  • #2
    It's a good option if you have a mischievous horse that might take advantage during tack changes. I have one like this: (link added), that I got when I was doing endurance/competitive trail riding.
    Free Shipping on most orders over $60. Great Low Price. Features a fixed ring on each side for use with cross ties as well a center ring for use with a lead rope. Ideal control when changing tack, grooming and for training. Nylon. Horse size.Free Head Horse Collar Mustang Manufacturing Supplies Tack Halters Leads Halters
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    • #3
      I usually buckle the halter around the neck so this looks like the same principle.


      • #4
        I seen people use a neck collar in conjunction with a high tie on a trailer for overnight camping. I slip the halter or the reins over the horses neck prior to bridling to give some control over a horse who may want to flee the seen.


        • #5
          Another option is to use a halter with the buckle on top of the nose. It allows you to put the bridle on over the halter and then remove the halter.

          Link to random internet example of buckle nose halters


          • #6
            I use a cow collar. Its triple thick nylon with rings on two sides and one near the buckle.

            It's very convenient for tack changes and definitely made my mare think twice when she went through a phase of setting back and slipping out of her halter.

            I like the thickness of the collar rather than just a rope for tying but what works for some doesn't always work for others!

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            • #7
              I would think as long as your horse is a solid citizen and not flighty then this would be ok.
              I would never use this on a flighty horse, can you imagine the disaster if panic arose w?


              • #8
                Call me a fuss budget, but I'd never tie my horse with something he couldn't break. He ties and stands well, but like the above poster mentioned 'imagine the disaster if the horse panicked'.

                I simply move my halter to be around his neck if I'm at the trailer or if I have to change out in the field I keep the reins around his neck.

                I guess I'm lucky that I've never owned a horse that was so naughty the regular halter or reins wouldn't hold him.


                • #9
                  I never hard tie a horse to a trailer. I've had both of mine spook and break free numerous times. When I make the transition from the halter to the bridle I slip the reins over their head and down their neck while still tied. I slip my arm (right arm standing on the left side of the horse) through the rein. Then I unclip the halter and let it drop. It falls right out. Both of mine will try to walk off as soon as they are unhooked. With my arm through the rein I already have my "neck collar". Yes, it's annoying when they try that, but so far I've never lost one (famous last words....).
                  If at first you don't succeed, get back on the horse and try it again!


                  • #10
                    We use a neck rope with our Haflinger - he's short, and likes to eat, so his go-to evasion is to put his (large) head down. We do the halter around the neck while bridling, but it is not enough, so we also use the neck rope and he doesn't even try when it's on.


                    • #11
                      I started using a neck collar and blocker tie ring when I went camping with my OTTB and he learned-- quickly-- how to break the leather breakaway of his halter to free himself. (The first time was a spook/accident, but after that, it was like a horrible bad-habit light bulb went off inside his head.) I use a padded nylon neck collar and nice, long, heavy nylon lead with the tie ring... He tested it once, figured out he couldn't break free, and I haven't had a single problem since.

                      Granted, I don't ever tie him in such a fashion unless I am present and I always have a knife handy, but as far as I'm concerned, I don't EVER want him to be able to break away from the trailer. A loose horse is a dangerous horse; he needs to accept that when he's tied, he's tied. Period.

                      With that being said, it is MUCH nicer and more relaxing trailering out, to not have to worry about the what-ifs for the moments between haltering and bridling.
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                      • #12
                        I always hard tie to a trailer or hitching rail. I don't use a neck rope, but it's common with endurance people and helps prevent tangles when using a hi tie system. You have to train them to be used to it but they are fine. I use a add on bridle and a rope halter when I trailer ride so my horse remains attached to the trailer when I put the bridle on and snap it to the halter.


                        • #13
                          The Amish frequently use the neck rope to tie their harnessed horses. It is a very common sight. You can get the neck ropes at Bartville Harness in Christiana, PA.


                          • #14
                            Very common in Europe. And it is handy for bridling while the horse remains tied. They usually have a "D" stitched ito it, so they would break if a wreck was about to happen, but normally one would use a well trained horse for this, as with any halter.
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                            • #15
                              A farrier I worked with used one for horses that would pull back and wearing breakaway halters. It was a continuous one so very strong and IIRC, it was passed around the neck and through the nose band to keep their head straight.
                              Roxy 2001 APHA, Al Amir 2005 OTTB,
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                              • #16
                                When we tie with any kind of neck rope, we tend to use hobbles for neck rope.
                                We too run the tying rope from the hobbles around the neck thru the halter bottom ring.
                                That change on pressure points to give to is taught on hand before tying.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                                  When we tie with any kind of neck rope, we tend to use hobbles for neck rope.
                                  We too run the tying rope from the hobbles around the neck thru the halter bottom ring.
                                  That change on pressure points to give to is taught on hand before tying.

                                  I have never seen anyone using hobbles and a neck rope. Neck ropes are common with endurance rides who use Hi Tie systems. The neck rope is supposed to keep the horse from getting tangled when he lays down to sleep or roll.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post

                                    I have never seen anyone using hobbles and a neck rope. Neck ropes are common with endurance rides who use Hi Tie systems. The neck rope is supposed to keep the horse from getting tangled when he lays down to sleep or roll.
                                    Here is how those are used roping tied hard and fast, that is calf roping smaller calves.
                                    That is to keep the horse straight while holding the rope, for the cowboy to get off and run to tie and in real life pasture roping to attend to the calf.

                                    We also use hobbles as neck ropes to tie from when tied to the fence, when we don't have a halter handy.

                                    Just mentioned it as one more alternative at times, if appropriate.

                                    Calf roping, a neck rope is considered a safety measure while training and out in the open.


                                    • #19
                                      That is something completely different than what the OP is talking about.



                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                                        That is something completely different than what the OP is talking about.

                                        I know, using hobbles was just one more suggestion.