Tying your horse

Most horse owners routinely tie up their horses, whether during grooming, tacking up, or just to keep the horse secure while they attend to something else.? However, if not done correctly, this seemingly simple and everyday practice could be putting you and your horse in a very dangerous situation.?

Always tie your horse with a quick release knot.? If you aren?t sure how to do this, ask a friend to show you, or check horse care books or websites.? Most will have diagrams that you can use to practice.? Should your horse spook or pull away, it is imperative that the knot collapse, otherwise your horse will panic at being trapped and could seriously injure himself or others.? As he pulls, he?ll tighten the rope making it difficult to get a non-quick release knot undone.? Never tie your horse by his bridle.? As he pulls to get free he could severely injure his mouth.

Don?t tie to any object that is not secure.? Fences are the best option, using the fence post rather than the rail.? If your horse pulls, he should not be able to drag anything away with him.? Check posts before tying to make sure that they aren?t rotten or inadequately secured into the ground.? Wherever possible, keep the rope chest high to avoid it dangling around your horse?s legs and tripping him.?

If you are tying your horse to your trailer or using cross-ties remember to always use quick release clasps.? These clasps are made to release when met with sudden force.? This way, if the horse pulls its head quickly, trying to get free, the clasp will open.? They are also easier to release a spooked horse as it just takes a quick pull to get them loose.? Check clasps regularly to ensure that they don?t become rusty.

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