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RE: [RC] [RC] - Snodgrass, Bonnie

Hauling horses loose has pluses and minus's. I've seen horses that were
hauled loose and faced backwards come off the trailers with scraped up faces
from going face first into the rear door. I've followed trailers and watched
looses horses scramble, stagger and struggle to keep their footing when the
trailer goes over bumpers or sways. It happens. 

I prefer tying with a bungee tie that lets a horse lower his head. I had
rings added to my new trailer that lets me place these ties lower on the
walls so my horse have lots of freedom to move their heads around. I did
have a horse hurt it's neck when he lost his hind footing in a trailer and
sat down hard really jerking his neck badly because of a standard nylon
strap tie. Bungees after that!

I have had no problems with my slant load that I can see. One horse just
backs into a corner, gets comfy and stays there. The other prefers to eat
non-stop off the floor and rides at the fron of her stall with her head down
and not braced against any partitions. Go figure.

Bonnie Snodgrass

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