Here is another safety feature that you might not have thought of to include, or do, when hauling your own horse.
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