Lazy Liz's Picket Kit- offers you a safer means of tethering horses in areas where corrals are not available. Waking up to find that your horses have escaped over night to who knows where can ruin anyone's day on the trail. Liz's innovative line of picketing products provides a practical solution to this problem. Trail riders, field trial participants, and horse and mule backcountry packers who need to graze their horses safely in areas where there are no corrals can depend on the Lazy Liz Picket System. Her system helps to prevent a calamity such as a halter tied horse twisting their neck as they try to breakaway from a hitching post. Her safety stake helps to eliminate the worry that a horse will cut themselves by rolling over on a sharp tie stake. Her providing a panic snap-clip on one end of the tether enables you to make a quick release of a horse should you ever have a wreck. Meanwhile, having bull snaps on both ends provides excellent reliability and insures that the tether will not release accidentally. The Lazy Liz family of products is environmentally sensitive, horse friendly, and easy to use. Her picket stake system is especially useful in open, treeless areas and in environmentally sensitive areas where tethering to trees might lead to bark or root damage.
The five components to Lazy Liz's Picket system are a Picket Stake, Tether, Single Leg Hobble, Neck Tie Collar, and Trail Bag.
Buy the five piece Complete Picket Kit, shown here, for $96.95 plus Shipping and Handlling
(shipping weight 11 lbs)
Liz's Picket Stake- is a powder coated black stake 18 inches long, ¾ 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
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. A nickel finish steel Bull Snap is attached at both ends of the tether and a panic snap-clip with a 7/8 in. eye is attached at one end of the cable. Once your horse is comfortable being restrained, the safety snap can be eliminated. Removing the saftey snap eliminates the possibility that a horses' hoof might bump the saftey snap with enough force to release it. A Bull Snap is much more secure but it can be very difficult to release in the event of a wreck. So use your best judgement in choosing the right clip arrangement for your horse and balance the low risk of a wandering horse that released the saftey snap against the likelihood of a wreck. Generally, Lazy Liz's tether is simply too stiff to knot around your horses ankles. But, any restraint system can cause a horse to trip and fall. Should a horse ever trip or spook out of control having a panic snap in the hook up enables you to quickly unclip using only one hand even when the horse is pulling the tether taut. 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).
Liz's Single Leg Hobble- This nylon hobble cuff is padded with synthetic wool to reduce chaffing and to prevent injury to the horse's leg. The hobble cuff wraps around the horse's pastern and military grade Velcro holds it securely in place. A 2 and3/16 inch D ring provides a strong point of attachment for the panic snap- clip. In an emergency the Velcro will release quickly and more safely than can a buckle. When hobbled by its leg, the horse has the most freedom of movement possible. But, using a single leg hobble requires that time be spent teaching your horse to relax when hobbled. Before using a leg hobble your horse should yield to the pressure of a restraint and they must be desensitized to objects around their feet and legs. Teaching them to accept restraint should be done at home in the round pen and long before attempting to use a ground stake system out on the trail. We highly recommend "Clinton Anderson Training" DVDs on hobbling as an excellent source from which you can learn how to teach your horse to yield to restraint.
Leg hobbles seem to be more popular West of Missouri and neck collars are the preferred method of tying toward the Eastern half of the United States. Both methods can work well and have their proponents.
Liz's Neck Tie Collar- This 2 inch wide nylon horse collar is 34 inches long in order to fit a wide array of horse sizes. The collar should be placed snug but not too tight on the narrow part of the horse's neck just behind the head. It closes with a strong metal buckle and features a 2 3/16 inch D ring to which the tether can be hooked. Should a horse fall while tied or rollover while attached to the tether, a neck collar puts less strain on the horse's neck than would attaching a snap clip to a halter. Some horses that do not tie well when tied from a halter may actually like the neck collar style of tying better and resist it less. A neck collar can also be used to expose more of the horses head when grooming and it eliminates the need for a halter under your bridle while riding.
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
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.
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.
1. Be sure that the collar is located at the narrowest part of the horses neck. The narrowest area is found directly behind the horses ears. Be sure that the collar is buckled snugly.This prevents the horse from sliping their collar.
2. Drive the stake all the way down into the ground. The cap should be within one and one half inches of the ground. This allows just enough room for the swivel to rotate.Driving the stake down completely makes it most unlikely that a horse can hurt themself by rolling over on a stake.
3. When staking out two horses, be sure that only their noses touch. That way the horses can not cross paths and become entangled.
4. Before staking them in an area that has no fences, train your horse to tether at home in the round pen or corral.