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        11-01-2010, 02:01 PM

    My mom told me she went to college, and met a girl who had a horse named 7-up, but he wouldn't load in trailers willingly. He'd put up a fight, and it was because he was in a trailer with 6 other horses one night and it wrecked and he was the only one that survived. Poor boy, I don't think I'd ever want to get on a trailer ever again after that either. I've heard many stories like this, and it breaks my heart everytime.
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        11-01-2010, 03:51 PM
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    Katesrider, that is a sad story and totally understandable why that horse has issues loading.

    On the flip side, let me share a story with you. Someone was hauling their pulling horses down the interstate when (and I'm not sure how) two of the four horses in the trailer fell out onto the highway. No one hit them (probably because light traffic being way up north), and they were not seriously injured, mostly scrapes and I'm sure bruises. A few drivers pulled over, and because they were halterless (halters were in the trailer broken probably from when they went out), were a little tricky to catch but not bad. Someone had the presence of mind to use their belt.

    Believe it or not (I was stunned), these guys went right back into the trailer, no problem.

    Some horses have had trailering incidents and seem to never recover, while others don't seem to blink an eye.
        11-01-2010, 07:25 PM
    Oh wow! Phew though at least they are okay.
        11-01-2010, 07:45 PM
    Wow reminds me of when my filly freaked out in the trailer (thank god she calmed down when we got going.). We were moving her to her new home and were trying to get her up the ramp and into the two horse she was having none of it but she finally went on. Well someone got the bright idea to box her in right away and she freaked out. She kicked and reared up and tried to climb out the window above the feedbox. She finally calmed down and got her home. Suprisingly she backed off the trailer like a little lady but she was mess. She cut herself from her poll to just above her left eye. Basically scalped herself. She had skin scraped off right behind her right eye barely missed it and she managed to scratch the cornea of her left eye. But about 2 months and 35 stitches and a drain later she's back to her old self and the only ones who know about the scar can see it. Haven't tried to load her yet but I think she'll be alright. She wouldn't even walk past a trailer with out jumping for a week or so but now she doesnt seem to care. Not much phases her it seems.
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        11-01-2010, 11:58 PM
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    It really depends on the horses mentality.

    We've had two incidents in our trailer that basically involved horses freaking out, getting hung up, and cutting themselves to crap. Horses hate our trailer, one was a pony that got his legs in a haynet (completely our fault) and the other was a completely wild yearling who just spazzed and got hung up on the partition.

    Despite getting injured and the terror, both horses have ZERO issues with the trailer - Max got right back in, and continued to load without ever giving someone a problem, and the wild yearling jumped right back in a couple months later as a partially wild yearling, LOL.

    My grandpa was in a wreck once that killed one of his horses. The surviving horses didn't have any apparent issue getting back in again (trailer flipped on it's side, had to be rescued). It's funny how some horses hang on and some don't!
        11-02-2010, 07:40 AM
    Maybe it depends on how traumatic it was. In seven ups case I'm not sure what happened with the wreck but it killed six out of seven. A few horses did survive the wreck but they were in such critical condition they had to be put down. Seven up was the lucky one.
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