That all sounded like a great plan on Tuesday morning, but by Tuesday afternoon I was staring at a ridiculous pile of receipts. All of this for a vehicle I use only two or three times a month? Sheesh!
And since the weather was questionable on Tuesday, high winds, I passed on riding my boys and instead did lots of turn out and barn chores. One of those chores included introducing Sydney to the Hi-Tie. Some horses take to the Hi-Tie instantly while others fret about it. Montoya tolerated anything so attaching her to the end of the lead of the Hi-Tie was the same as tying her to her stall - whatever (said with an equine eye roll). Speedy was rather pissed about the Hi-Tie initially and demonstrated his displeasure with lots of rearing, kicking out, and pawing. That lasted all of about 12 minutes. Once he realized that the Hi-Tie gave him enormous amounts of room, he warmed up to it and now LOVES the thing.
I wasn't sure what Sydney's response would be. He is super quiet in the cross-ties, and when I need to tie him to the fence, he handles it quite well. He has pulled back a time or two, but the instant he hits the end of the line, he knows to come forward immediately to release the pressure. I was pretty confident the Hi-Tie would be a no-brainer.
I always clip a Blocker Tie Ring to the end of the Hi-Tie so that if a horse does pull pack, the rope can slip through the tie ring as the arm of the Hi-Tie bends to absorb the pressure. It's a pretty forgiving system and definitely designed with a horse's safety in mind. Here's a photo of the Blocker Tie Ring (Click photo for larger view):
I left him tied for about 20 minutes, but I stayed within about a 100 feet at all times. I puttered around shuffling buckets, cleaning the inside of the trailer, and filling a hay bag for the weekend's show all the while stopping to pat him when he was being relaxed. I wouldn't say he ever relaxed, but once he looked as though he'd been standing still for a few minutes, I unhooked him and turned him out into the arena. I plan to let him spend time on the Hi-Tie several times a week over the summer.
Now if we can just get our trot show worthy ...