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        06-28-2008, 04:45 PM
    travelling question

    Hi, just a question about travelling.
    I have owned my 14 year old mare for 10 years now and she has been great when travelling in a trailer or a horsebox, but for the last approx 4 goes travelling she has had trouble with her balance and she has nearly fell over quite a lot and on one occasion she did lay down in a trailer (we checked her all over and she wasnt hurt). We have tried her between all the partitions in the horsebox and trailer and giving her more space, but she is still the same. She doesnt get stressed and she does keep loading everytime. We put tail bandage and guard on top, a cooler rug and travel bandages and boots on all together for full protection. I have decided not to travel her again unless we can find out whats going on, the last thing we want is to hurt or distress her.
    I was just wondering if anyone else has had this experience and if anyone has any suggestions I could try?
    Thanks K&J
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        06-29-2008, 12:40 PM
    Green Broke
    Does she slip because the floor is slippery, or does she just lay down on her own?

    Does she seem stressed when you get her off (sweaty, breathing hard, etc?)

    Definitely unusual for one to be lying down...if you put her on a trailer and don't go anywhere, does she still lay down? (maybe tummy discomfort??)
        06-29-2008, 03:13 PM
    When she lay down, my friend was driving and I was in the car and they said they didnt hear any noise and they did drive slow, she was quite tired that day, she has only lay down once but she is not trying to lay down normally she just can't get her balance, the floor isnt slippy it has shavings down on rubber matting and the other horses seem fine, its just furstrating when you can't figure out why.
        06-29-2008, 11:41 PM
    Green Broke
    What ever the cause, laying down on the trailer isn't normal.

    Will she lay down if she's loaded and asked to stand/ while the rig is not moving?

    How long was she hauled the time she layed down?
        06-30-2008, 07:19 AM
    When she is first loaded she is fine, but she struggles when the box/trailer starts to move, and even when the box stops again for her she finds it hard to get on her feet. I travelled her not so long ago and she wasnt trying to lie down I think it was just a one off the other time.
    She was in the trailer for about 1/2 hour at most, but we don't think she was down all of that time.

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