From Endurance to Dressage
This is part of an ongoing series of posts about trailering. If you're an old hand at hauling horses, please chime in!
Here is another safety feature that you might not have thought of to include, or do, when hauling your own horse.
I've already blogged about the Blocker Tie Ring here, but it's an item worth mentioning again, especially as it has to do with trailering safety.
Each of the three stalls of my trailer has a Blocker Tie Ring hanging in it. Every horse that gets in my trailer gets "tied" this way. In the event that I was to have an accident, or a horse was to panic in the trailer, the tie ring will release the rope, freeing the horse.
With the quick snap attached, it is also very simple to un-loop the rope, unsnap the tie ring, and re-attach it to the trailer's outside tie hooks. Now my horses are as safe inside the trailer as out.
Ted Blocker, the inventor of the Blocker Tie Ring, has a a great website that explains how the Blocker Tie Ring works. Since he's done such a great job explaining how it works, you can read his explanation here. He also has some great videos that show the tie ring in operation. Catch those here.
I really can't say enough about this device. I know there are similar products on the market, but this one truly does what it says. I own four of them and feel that they are the absolute best way to "tie" a horse. Trailering is inherently dangerous for our horses. A lot can go wrong. Anything we can do to make their journey safer seems like an obvious choice.
Safety Tip #4: Use a Blocker Tie Ring
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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