Much care has gone into the design and manufacture of the products in Lazy Liz's Picket Kit. However, this is a restraint system and some horses can panic when restrained no matter how much preparation you endeavor to make. The use of these products by their nature, and the remote nature of conditions where they are often employed, does expose your horse to risk of injury or death. These risks include, but are not limited to, entanglement in the tether which might cause your horse to fall and be injured. So, use these products at your own risk. Desensitizing your horse's feet to contact with ropes or other objects, and training your horse to hobble before going on the trail is beneficial to minimizing the inherent risk of these products. The training process should not be hurried. Take all the time necessary until your horse becomes relaxed and comfortable with being tied to a ground stake.
Liz's Picket Stake- is a powder coated black stake 18 inches long, � inches in diameter, and made of hardened steel. The picket stake can be driven into the hardest clay soils without bending. The shaft is covered with a three inch diameter steel safety cap. The 360 degree pivoting anchor loop is welded in a horizontal position that makes it possible to drive the stake's cap to within an inch and a half of the ground surface. This low profile and the presence of a safety cap enable your horse to graze in a complete 360 degree circle around the picket stake, to lie down comfortably, and even to rollover - all with minimum chance that they will get injured by the stake
Pulling a stake that is driven deeply into a tight soil can be difficult and can even lead to back injuries. This method has worked well for me in the past and it may work for you. But, try it at your own risk.
Attach a vice grip pliers to the stake and rotate the stake while pouring water on its shaft. A couple of turns will do. Then take a rope and tie one end to the stake with a bowline knot or similar non slip knot that can be untied easily when the job is done. Then as though starting to sit in a chair located directly over the stake, bend your knees and lower your rear end almost to the imaginary chair seat. You are doing what is known in athletic training circles as half-squat position. Now, wrap the body of the rope around your waist for one complete turn and hold the remainder of the rope's tail tightly to your belly button. Stand up straight. The stake should rise two inches or so. This technique puts the lifting forces onto your legs. Since your legs are much stronger than your arms, the stake should pull easily without putting strain on your back. Squat over the stake again, and slide the rope around you until it is tight, then stand once more. Repeat the process until the stake is clear of the ground.
Liz's 14 foot Tether- This tether limits your horse's movement to a twenty-eight foot circle. The tether is made of vinyl covered 3/16 inch steel aircraft cable that resists rust, and has been threaded into a 5/8 inch synthetic rubber hose for added stiffness and protection from wear. Nickel finished steel bull snaps with 7/8 in. eye are attached at both ends of the cable. Also included is a panic snap. Lazy Liz's tether is simply too stiff to knot around your horses ankles. Should a horse ever spook out of control the panic snap, should you choose to use it, will enable you to quickly unclip the panic snap from from which ever end you have it connected. This can be done with only one hand even when the horse is pulling the tether taut. We recommend connecting the panic snap to the stake for your safety. There are three ways of connecting the tether to the horse. Either it can be clipped to the neck tie collar, clipped to a leg hobble cuff or attached to a halter (not provided).
Lazy Liz's Trail Bag- is made of ballistic nylon canvas that resists punctures and tears. It is just the right size to pack all the components of the system on the trail with you. A full length zipper keeps it securely closed
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