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July 29, 2009



That's a terrible story and something many of us don't think could happen. I mean how many times have we worked around horses who are tied. Anyway, I wish her full recovery.
Great article that gets people thinking and good knots. We always use a quick release and twine too.


Geez, I was just reading another blog post on Equine Mine about a trailer accident in the same vein. The "breakaway" trailer tie didn't break. This was news to me--I thought they were supposed to release with pressure from the horse. Not the case. And well-trained horses can panic too.


Thanks for the reminder. Even steady old bomb-proof horses can have panic moments. A boss-mare can throw her ears back and send a good horse into bad behavior, like pulling back to get away from her.
I'm so sorry for Victoria.


Boy what a timely post..thanks so much.
I am getting new ropes for my blocker tie rings because, I have proven that the ones with the "lashes" at the ends..will NOT come out!My friend over from Equinemine also found out..quick releases have to be released!She was more fortunate than poor Victoria.
Prayers are for Victoria!
Kacy w/Wa mare~

White Horse Pilgrim

A sad accident. It's a pity that a bit of common sense - what is, and what isn't, safe to tie to - would have prevented it. Basic stuff, but do riding schools, the Pony Club, etc teach it?

I just heard some kids in the barn here being told to "wear helmets and body protectors at all times" (i.e. not just when riding) "in case something happens to them." Well, it's easier than bringing them up to be sensible, or providing proper tie-up rings.

I like tie points that are solidly mounted to something immovable such as a wall or a stout tree. People in Britain use loops of baler twine all the time - hence loose horses are all too common, and are a hazard of their own. One ran out into the road just the other day after breaking free. Lucky really that there was no traffic coming. Yet I get criticised all the time for tying up without a loop of baler twine. Yes, I use a quick release knot, they're easy to do. They can jam under pressure, so it's a good idea to have a knife somewhere handy (oops, that's illegal!) But actually the big fellow (a draught stallion) has never tried to break free when tied up - a steady disposition helps, for sure, but some training as a foal using a tree and a chain has played its part.

Another stupidity is to tie a horse to a stable door. Just lately a horse snatched his head up, lifted the door off its hinges, panicked, and bolted with stable door attached. Luckily he ran into an enclosed space and stopped before suffering serious injury.

julie kennedy

Actually that tree of shame serves a dual purpose... it is a great place to teach a horse to tie, mostly because the pull is from above their heads. When a horse doesn't understand how to step forward to relieve pressure from being tied at eye level, they will generally pull back...which everyone knows can be ugly. When a horse is tied from above, they can move in a circle to relieve the pressure from the halter, so they never really learn to pull back (and break things). If a horse learns to move his feet and finds relief from whatever he is tied to, he will generally never become a puller.
That tree is also awesome for exposing some of our youngsters to the activities of the great outdoors before we actually ride them outside. They get to see horses galloping around and being jumped, and since they are tied, they don't get the idea that they need to be running around with the others! It's a great patience teacher too, for those who get antsy and like to paw or dig...they can dig to China if they want...but they won't get untied until they are standing quietly. Perfect training for being tied to a trailer at the horse shows!

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