Horse cannot stand in any trailer in any postition!!

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    09-01-2011, 01:12 AM
Exclamation Horse cannot stand in any trailer in any postition!!

Hi, you all!
So as you know me and my friend are avid trail riders, our average ride is 5 hours. It has been the first summer hauling our newer trail mounts, my new appy mare is amazing, only stomps her front left foot if you make her wait too long ;) but a complete angel to haul
My friends 7 yr old Percheron/TB, cannot stand in the trailer.
She loads perfect in straights or slants, and stands fine, when the trailer is not moving.
However this horse constantly falls!! When I stop or turn or what ever, and I don't drive crazy Fable is in there too and she stands great the whole time.
This horse will seriously fall down like 8 times to the mountain.
We have tried her in a straight load = horrible
Three horse slant, first position next to wall = horrible
Three horse slant, middle position = horrible
Three horse slant, last position by doors = horrible
She is not a crazy horse, she is completely calm in trailer.
Please has anyone heard of this!!!
The horse always gets right back up unharmed but I really dread hauling her horse for her, its so stressful!
We have hauled the horse a good 10 times this summer with no improvement.
Any and all help is appreciated!! I have never had this issue before all my horses have been able to stand on their feet!
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    09-01-2011, 01:16 AM
Green Broke
Do you tie her? We had a horse for some crazy reason that would go down in the trailer when tied. Once we started leaving him untied (something I normally don't like doing but in this case we made an exception) he never fell after that.
    09-01-2011, 01:22 AM
Has the vet looked at this horse? My first concern would be some sort of neurological issue that affects her balance.
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    09-01-2011, 01:25 AM
I have brought that up with my friend, but then she is like "she is only 7"
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Does anyone know of any more of these cases that I can share with her?
(i have her permission to get help here, Im not going behind her back)
    09-01-2011, 01:30 AM
Neuro problems can strike at any age, they aren't specific to older horses.
    09-01-2011, 01:32 AM
I told her that, I also told her that I heard of this happening and they found a tumor in one of the horses ears,
The horse moves fine on the ground w/t/c and jumping, with out issues. . .however I have never really watched her horse for anything weird I will defintly be keeping a really close eye on her on the ground to see if her gaits seem weird. . .

Cat - I will see if she wants to try leaving her untie and driving her around the drive way, however it makes me nervouse is she falls and gets turned under the divider, I also don't want her getting near my horse (my horse goes in the first position, her horse in the last so there is a slot between them)
    09-01-2011, 02:28 AM
Hi there Thyme, was reading this with interest as over the course of the last week we had noticed that one of our mares was buckling at the knees and going down whilst appearing to be asleep. She is 11 and we have had her since a foal and this is just new in the last week. Have done a lot of research and am wondering if she has 'Equine Narcolepsy'? Will have our vet check her out next week and see what he says. She is in a large safe paddock but will electrify the corners so she wont fall into the fence line if she happens to gather there. I hope your friend finds out the problem with her horse,its so worrying and especially for you in the transporting as it presents a major prob to any other horse around them.

Just wanted to add that she wont go anywhere near an electrified fence
    09-01-2011, 02:30 AM
Thank you please post back and let me know about your horse after the vet.
I am going to suggest things to my friend tomorrow and also have her call the vet, he doesnt charge for phone calls.
    09-01-2011, 02:36 AM
Will do Thyme. Hope all goes well.
    09-01-2011, 10:26 PM
Subbing, really interested to hear how this plays out.

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