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dawn

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dawn says:

What's the best way to cross tie a horse?

My mare has just been diagnosed with a possible fracture of her femur right hind. I was just wondering: What's the best way to cross tie a horse? I have a huge metal barred gate as a door.

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pingu246

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pingu246 says:

RE: My mare has just been diagnosed with a possible fracture of her femur right hind. I was just wondering: What's the best way to cross tie a horse? I have a huge metal barred gate as a door.

Hi,

Use a leather headcollar (it will break if she ties herself in knots!), Clip a leadrope onto either sidering on the noseband of the headcollar and tie to gate on either side of her (prob allow half a metre on each side) onto some baler twine (again will break if she panics). The ropes have to be short enough to prevent her from lying down and moving around excessively but allow her to look around. It would probably be best to position her near to a wall so she doesn't feel exposed - if she has a particular place she likes to stand then tie her there. As your door is open bars it would probably be advisable to put a piece of plywood of something else solid over the area that she is tied to so she can't get a front foot stuck.

Put an over the door bucket on the gate with water and tie a haynet in front of her. It is important to untie her and let her eat from the ground a couple of times a day to allow her sinuses to drain - this reduces the risk of development of respiratory disease. This must be on a leadrope and supervised so she can't run around...!

The best of luck and wish her get well soon from me! Let me know how you get on.

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