[RC] FWD: equine containment: pickets vs high-lines - A. Perez
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There are two differences between highline and picket.
Highline goes OVER the horses head. Up high. At least 6
feet. A highline
rope is placed between two stationary objects (I've used by
over my trailer and camper roof -- pad corners with a towel.)
between trees depends on number of horses to go on highline.
40 feet. Horses are tied to highline with highline lead ropes -
- 10 feet
long. A horse IS NOT allowed to move up and down highline. He
stays in one
spot. Horses are about 10 feet a part if buddies.
I've used highlines over 30 years and never had a horse get
hurt or get
loose (if tied correctly). The nice thing about a highline is
that the pull
is up....the horse wants to get loose, he yanks back on
highline, head goes
up, butt goes down, hindlegs go under and he just scrambles in
one spot. He
runs in a circle and he can pull all he wants and can't get
hurt or loose.
My horses lay down flat on the ground under the highline and
will spend a week, two weeks, three weeks on a highline that I
site to site to keep soil impact down. They are fed while tied
water in tub near by. They are perfectly content on the
highline as they
can see in all directions, move in all directions and even butt
up to one
another in a strange forest. .
Picket. Horses are tied to with a rope chest high. Lot of
packers use 'em.
I don't because a horse can jump, pull back, 'panic' forward
and take it
out. I prefer the old highline and it can be set up anywhere,
store and easy to use.
In Nevada where there are no trees in the desert. I put horses
truck and trailer. Once had a sand storm come up -- not hard
but it blew
pretty good. Took a couple canvases (some people use plastic
hung one at each end of truck and trailer. Horses had a
cozy 'stall' out of
the wind. Only problem was scorpions....
If you'd like to see my horses on highline, go to website
www.twohorseenterprises. That's Sig and Bud highlined at a dry
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