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[RC] Tying to the trailer vs Bungees et al. - Diane Trefethen

With all this talk on the dangers of bungees and hi-ties, I think it wise to ask why we switched from just tying short to the trailer with a strong leadrope. I suspect it was to make the horses more comfortable, from our human perspective, not because tying short to a trailer was sufficiently dangerous that an alternative was required for our horses' safety. And now that we have corral-panels and hi-ties, are there any statistics on which mode of confinement is safest, not just for the horse in question but for other horses and people in camp as well? I teach my horses to tie short at home so they learn they can't get away when tied. Then tying short to a trailer at a ride is just same-old, same-old to them. However, if the stats say that tying short is more dangerous, I'd surely like to know. BTW, tying short means just that so you have to hang your hay & water high, above the trailer's wheel wells.


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[RC] Bungee ties, Ridecamp Guest