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Horse & Rider Gear is an online glossary of terms and definitions commonly encountered by horse lovers. Click on the links below to choose from our alphabetical list of terms.

Tying

Horses spend a lot of their time tied up, so it's important that they learn to do so patiently. It's also important that you follow several basic safety rules, because a tied horse can easily injure himself if he panics or tries to escape.

Always tie your horse with a halter (never by the bridle) and use strong rope that isn't frayed or rotten. Tie him in cross ties with panic snaps or to a solid post or ring using a quick-release knot. Never leave a tied horse alone - he could get into a lot of trouble in just a few minutes, including flipping himself over (rare, but it happens).