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Useful Product Reviews: Horse Collars and custom length tie-ropes

One of the things I’d like to do is go over some of the useful products that I used this summer.  I definitely put many different items to the test.  I was very fortunate to have some great sponsors that supplied me with some of the best products in the industry!

I also used many other items that I had already had, or purchased just for the big ride.  Some things were life-savers and are the kinds of things that I think will prove to be useful on future endurance and pleasure rides as well as at home.

It may take me awhile to get through all of the items.  There will be tack items, horse care items, rider items, vehicle, trailer, etc.    There are items that made things easier, work better or just simplified things.

Let me start out with the horse collars.  Having done the 2001 XP ten years prior, I knew that I didn’t want to have my horses wearing halters 24×7 for 9 weeks straight.  As it turned out, we were incredibly blessed to have had cooler weather – though still quite warm it was on average about 10 to 15 degrees cooler which made a huge difference as far as having hair rubbed (melt) off of your horse in those conditions.  So, in spite of the extreme weather that we did encounter — we still lucked out overall.

This photo shows Bo wearing his collar (Chief is in the background, wearing a halter).  What I like the best about the collars is that you can have the horse’s tie ropes several inches shorter and the horses can still lie down and roll.  By having the rope a bit shorter, it means that there is less chance of the horse getting tangled up.  The collars spin around their necks, enabling more freedom on a shorter rope.  This is something that I will continue to use both at home and at rides.

CAUTION: These collars should NOT be used on horses that don’t tie well and that aren’t already well trained to tie and camp overnight.  Horse’s should be trained to go on these well in advance of taking them anywhere in public where, if they were to panic, could cause a wreck.

I had these collars custom made from Equestrian Rider Supply.  They are made out of orange biothane, with a reflective overlay.  I wanted the horse’s to be as visible as possible.

These have a sliding clip ring that your bullsnap attaches to.  I would not recommend using a large sized dog collar on a horse, nor is it advisable to use leather hobbles.  You want something that will break (not too easy, like a plastic snap might on some of the dog collars).

The ropes I used were wonderful and something else that was new for this trip.  On the photo showing Bo lying down, you can see the snap and orange quick-release strap that is attached to the trailer tie that is attached to the trailer tie-arm.  The ropes are made by Jonni in Texas I sent her my measurements and she custom made the rope to the exact perfect length.  This was great!  It made it so that my husband never once had to tie a rope all summer long!  He just simply pulled the orange release strap where the ropes attach to the trailer tie mid-way up.  The hardware on one end is a bullsnap, the other end is a nice yacht style quick release (which is MUCH nicer than the regular equine quick-release snaps that I have used in the past); the rope itself is cotton.  Cotton ropes do less damage should your horse get tangled up.  Nylon and other types of ropes can cause nasty rope burns.   Another nice benefit of having these ropes made to the perfect length is that I could undo the horse from the tie-arm, and then clip them right to the trailer – no rope tying or un-tying involved!  I could also wrap the rope around the horse’s neck, clipping it to itself (making a second collar around the neck) for loading in and out of the horse trailer.  No more ropes falling on the ground getting dragged or stepped on!  The horses really took well to this setup.  Again, I feel the need to point out that horses need to be trained in order to be safe when camping.  Whatever system you use, be sure to try it out ahead of time in a safe environment.  Horse’s that don’t tie well or that are prone to panicking should not be put into a collar.


4 comments to Useful Product Reviews: Horse Collars and custom length tie-ropes

  • When I saw you pics of the horses in their collars a while ago it really made me want to try them on my horse. I hesitate because once in a great while Farley still pulls back. Hasn’t in years from a trailer, but the behavior still rears it’s head at tie posts sometimes and I’m not sure I can trust her yet. So for now I go with my gut and keep this in the back of my mind for later.

    Love your tie ropes. I did something similar with ropes (I buy the cotton rope in bulk and make my own leadropes because it’s cheaper and it’s hard to find good cotton leadropes) but without the snap/quick release. Something to think about! BTW – for your readers – a friend lost the top joint of two fingers because of a nylon rope and it whipped around and caught him when a horse pulled back. I only use cotton for safety and I would advise the same to prevent both human and horse injuries!

  • Susan Brehm

    Ditto on Jonni’s hi-tie rope!! I love it!

  • KD

    Thanks for the info ! My friend with mules has used collars for staking out for years, but after seeing your set up I may try in on my horse next camping trip on her hi-tie.

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