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        10-01-2013, 02:46 AM
    I have nothing to add about helping your mare to feel more comfortable, except perhaps a suggestion to blanket her during transport to try and prevent abrasions.
    We have a gelding that is always rock-solid in the trailer, except when standing in a parked trailer alone. We learned this when he decided he'd been in our straight-load 2-horse for too long and he panicked. He fell onto his side, landing with all 4 legs underneath the divider. The divider got stuck so couldn't remove it. Ended up having to cut the back divider post from roof to floor. It was unforeseen and miserable. When I read about your mare going down, sitting, etc., I thought of how easily she could end up in a similar situation.
    I know it's not always realistic to just "go buy a different trailer." Just sharing. Best wishes on getting your friend past her troubles.
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        10-02-2013, 12:00 PM
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    I feel your pain. My mare is a scrambler in a straight load and has been known to take all the skin off her tail. The issue with mine is its not just turns. Its stopping, going and all round just BEING in the trailer -_-'. She LOVES a stock/slant trailer. Why can't she like being trailed in a cheaper style trailer.
        10-03-2013, 10:43 AM
    Balancing in Trailer

    Hey, my 16 hand gelding rode great for about a year in a two horse straight load 7" tall trailer with divider. All of a sudden he started falling and tearing the sides of the wall up and even tearing off his shoes. We tried switching sides and he started sitting down and scrambling before we could even get started. Finally tried trailering him in a large stock trailer, letting him find the best position to ride in. He now rides in the front with his butt facing the front of the trailer and his head faces the cut gate in the middle and our other horse rides facing him in the back. He seems to be pretty happy with that position. Guess I'll never get to have a nice trailer again but will have to keep the stock trailer. Whatever works!
        10-03-2013, 10:48 AM
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    My oldest horse rode very well in a straight load for a good fifteen years but then something went awry with his equilibrium and he had a horrible time balancing in the straight load. At the time, he was the only horse I had, so I ended up buying a 4 horse slant load (4 horse because I had planned to buy more horses). The slant load made all the difference in the world, he has no problem riding in that trailer.

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