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post #1 of 6 Old 08-19-2010, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hauling kicker

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So sat we are hauling my friends horse down for her to school and its about a three hour drive and he has never hauled by himself before. So we thought about taking another horse with him, but it's going to be hot, and he has never been off this property for like seven years, so i think another horse would upset him leaving without him when we drop him off. I say this because we moved our two horses one time and we had to move back and my dumb butt horse wouldn't get in the trailer and ace kicked the trailer and shook it and cried the entire way back, while i walked my horse back. So we thought of sedating him, but i said no because he has horrible balance and is a real light weight. My mom is just worried that he is going to dent up the trailer and hurt himself in the process.

oh he is currently on quietexx to see if it helps calm him down but he doesn't act any different. I know if you give anything orally like calm and cool it has to be four hours before and we don't have time. I just think he is going to be a disaster before we get down the road.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 10:45 AM
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If it wasn't nerves just bad manners I would say put kicking chains on him. But unfortunately, those would just scare him and compound his fear of leaving. I would find something to take the edge off without compromising his clarity/balance.
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Most horses do not kick while the trailer is in motion. When it's time to head out - load and go. Gas up, get your sodas, etc all before the horse goes on the trailer.

If it's going to be hot, I would not sedate him. A tranq will slow the natural process of the gut.
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agreed. some sort of ''drug'' to keep him quiet. You can sedate the horse but only slightly and i wouldn't do this all the time because messing around with sedatives is potentially dangerous. Once this trip is over, I would hire a trainer or something to help him work on his trailer manners.

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Originally Posted by mls View Post
Most horses do not kick while the trailer is in motion. When it's time to head out - load and go. Gas up, get your sodas, etc all before the horse goes on the trailer.

Agreed. Move the dividers don't tie him, let him move around and some hay to keep him busy.

As a side note: I would of been a good idea to take him on a short ride first. What would happen if he had to be transported for a serious injury........

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i'm aware i can't drug him i've already talked to my vet while i worked there and we both agreed not to sedate him unless he was frantic, which he may get.

Second he does kick while the trailer is moving with his front legs he kicks and paws and has a fit. It's not my horse and she has no money trailer or anything to be able to HIRE someone to help. She has known forever that he is going to need to be moved and decided leaving without trying to haul him by himself first. I'm not wasting my time and gas when it's not my horse.

He is drooling to much right now to even think of eating hay, we were going to tie the hay bag up but he isn't interested. He has horrible balance so we are putting him in the divider so he has something to lean on because the last time we did this without closing the divider he was everywhere. I've watched him and he is always falling and hit the divider so hard my horse got jammed into the trailer.

I think we are just going to wrap his front legs and put shipping boots on him, and hope he doesn't dent the trailer or loose a shoe or hurt himself. If so we told her to have us take him on a ride and she wouldn't come out. someone metioned to hobble him, but we don't have any hobbles. i'm planning on getting there extra early to work him so maybe he will be too tired to put up a fight, but we'll see. I told her also to put him in a stall so he would be away from the other horses to get him used to being by himself, but she didn't want to pay for a week of being in a stall.
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