The Equi-Ping Safety Release, available from GoodHorseProducts.com
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By now, most of you know a few things about me. I am a huge stickler for safety, and I love things that can make our lives tidier and more efficient. Cross ties are designed to “hold” your horse while you work around him. As we all know, even the quietest, well trained, and laid back horse can have a freak out moment in the cross ties. When your horse reaches the end of the cross ties and realizes he is trapped can create a panicked horse, which is a recipe for disaster! My friend Norah and her company, GoodHorseProducts.com, has an innovative way for you to make your barn safer. The Equi-Ping is a product developed in the UK, and distributed by Norah and GoodHorseProducts.com here in the states (so ordering is easy!)
I always suggest that your cross ties are anchored to the wall firmly, but in a way that can snap in a panic situation. For years, bailing twine has been the method of choice. My problem with bailing twine is twofold – some of the newer types of twine don’t break, and over time they can degrade and break too easily. (Which, if you have a smarty pants horse, can let him escape with a simple yank).
My solution for all of this is the Equi-Ping Safety Release. A handy and tidy little contraption for your cross ties. For all of you fashionistas out there, available in a bunch of colors, too. The Equi-Ping is easy to “set” to your needs. For a stronger hold, put more of the arrows into their corresponding slots. When testing these out, I was able to pull the Equi-Ping open on the first and second settings. This was awesome, so I could see the mechanism of how they pop open. There is a security sleeve that fits over the closure, and it can break in the event of an emergency – which I was unable to snap (No fear – you can get replacement security sleeves IF one breaks, so the Equi-Ping becomes reusable).
I realize that not all barns have cross ties but I’ll bet you will still need Equi-Pings. For many of my childhood years, we simply tied our horses to the trailer, the fence, or a post using a slip knot. This was great, until you had a horse that sat back or started to pull on the rope. Ever try to untie a slip knot while you horse is doing his best to tighten it? Not so easy. If you have beginners, kids, seasoned veterans, Nobel prize winners, blondes or horse hubbies at the barn, you can help prevent horse accidents by having everyone tie to an Equi-Ping.
So this got me thinking about other uses and situations, this is what I came up with:
-Holding hay nets up in the stall or trailer.
-Attaching slow feeder nets to fencing
-Washracks to elevate buckets
-The side of your trailer
-Making your cross ties at the horse show out of Equi-Pings instead of attaching directly to the walls or stall door
The Equi-Ping is also strong enough that you can keep it unclipped and use it to hang halters and bridles and misc. items when you are traveling with horses or at the shows. Like a flexible, more versatile carabiner.