Horse Cannot Balance In Trailer
My appaloosa mare, 18 years old, has issues maintaining her balance in the trailer on right hand curves and turns. She's fine on left turns and straight aways. No matter how severe the turn or how slow we drive she throws her weight to the divider (she stands on left side, we will experiment with her on right side this week) and slides down the divider. She's gone so far as to sit down. Her right shoulder seems to slide first, then her hip. She's getting real cut up and I'm not sure what's going on with her. Just got a trailer cam so now I can see what she's doing.
Had 1 episode at the beginning of the year where she was trailered alone and went down and when she came back up she pushed the divider out- also a right hand turn. Since then no issues until last weekend when she sat down and pushed the divider out again, injuring herself but not the horse on the right side thank goodness. I did not notice and scrambling or excessive kicking before the beginning of the year. Harbors no ill will towards the trailer, loads just fine every time. I don't know how she's not traumatized.
No other balances issues. History of squamous cell carcinoma tumors on each eye ball. Removed with cryo therapy Nov. 2012.
Trailer is a classic style two horse straight load with front mangers. Good quality, thick rubber mats on floor. We are working on procurring thinner rubber for the walls. So any known vendors would be helpful as well.