Horse Tying Basics Every Horse Owner Should Know
As a horse owner, it is important for you to know how to tie your horse. Many are surprised to learn that there are actually three different methods that you can use for tying up a horse. These include using a lead rope, trailer ties or cross ties. Here is a closer look at all three.
Lead ropes are typically cotton rope that are 1 to 1.5-inches in diameter. A lead rope should be tied high enough so the horse cannot step over the rope, but not so high that it restricts the horse’s ability to move its head. Lead ropes should be checked often for wear and tear.
Trailer ties are idea for use when tying in or to a trailer or a post. Trailer ties should be long enough that they do not restrict your horse’s head too much. Some ties are as short as 18 inches, which severely restricts the horse’s ability to move its head. Others are adjustable and can be made to be as long as three feet long and feature quick-release snaps for easier use.
Cross ties can be used in an area where you have plenty of space. Cross ties should be long enough to allow your horse to lower its head comfortably, but not so long that it can become entangled. One major perk to cross ties is that they make it easier for you to work around while doing things such as grooming your horse or tacking up.