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post #1 of 3 Old 03-13-2011, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Shaken afternoon with the horse trailer?

Because it was beautiful today i decided to go out to the arena and ride my mare. To get to the arena i ride at involves a 25+ min drive on the freeway.

Going 65 mph, and all of a sudden theres this "thump thump" I looked over and a tire on the TRAILER was shredding. I pulled over and put the hazard lights on. Turns out, no jack for the trailer. I have my 11 year old sister and her chihuahua with me. I had to call my dad, and he went to look for his other jack. This is also the first time I've driven the trailer round trip by myself.

While I'm waiting, I take my phone out and write as a facebook status, "On the side of the interstate, with a trailer with a blown out tire and a upset horse in the trailer. Minus a jack. Gonna be a lovely day." My mare started kicking the trailer. I was hanging off the trailer, once my father showed up, trying to hold her where she couldnt strike the wall repeatdly with her hoof.I was so worried she'd hurt herself. She was so scared. I felt SO terrible, like I'd done this to her, and this only woulda happened with me driving. It took over an hour to change the tire, and the only time she shut up was when i held her head. Then she slammed my arm thru the rail and it hurt so bad I was afraid for a moment i'd fractured it. Just a bruise.She didnít mean to. I aware I checked tires before I left and none were low.

I drove straight home, really shaken. I turned her out and have been all over her..Can a horse hurt themselves from striking the inside of a trailer like that? Should I be worried? I looked at my phone..noticing, that status, I posted, the only person to say anything, in this town Iíve been raised in, is a guy I know from Uni and Iíve started talking to every week. He wrote ďDo you need any help?Ē That almost got me to cry too, that someone besides my immediately family cared enough he would have come helped me. Because heís that good of guy.

I just keep shaking about what if my dad wouldnít have been in town, or if I lived somewhere else where I wasnít near family? The farrier is coming this week to trim my girlís feet, anything I should have him check for after this incident? And how do i thank that guy for offering to help (he's the last guy in the world I'd want ot see me weak, if you know what i mean)? How do you cheer yourself up after a shaky incident? Iíve never had a tire blow out in my whole life, it could have been worse. She's sitting in front me eating dinner while sit in the dirt. I feel guilty.
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-13-2011, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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I know how to change a tire, but since there wasn't a jack I stood usely til it arrived.
I attempted to ice her leg an hour ago, just in case. Didn't go so well.
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That sounds terrible and I'm sorry you had to go through that. I know how scary trailering can be. As for the farrier, I would have him just check for maybe lameness just in case.

For the guy on your facebook, you should just tell him nicely that everything turned out fine, that your dad came out and helped you and that you appreciate the offered help.

Also, check for any swelling and heat. Good Luck and I hope all turns out alright
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