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    07-04-2011, 01:45 PM
Green Broke
Claymore I always back out, because he is so large there is rarely room for him to comfortably turn around without bumping his shoulder into the folded back divider (or risking smooshing me). The rest of the horses I allow to turn around and walk out.
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    07-04-2011, 02:09 PM
If there is no ramp, I actually prefer to walk them out forwards, although my horse will back out.

A few years ago at a show while unloading a horse's back legs slipped under the trailer and the horse fell backwards, hit his head and bled out on the ground. I personally would rather have a broken leg or foot than a dead horse so I turn mine around and give him plenty of room to leap as much as he wishes. I also avoid anything without a ramp, hr backs down ramps just great.
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    07-04-2011, 02:17 PM
I had a friend who's horse would not walk in or back out of a trailer to save her life, so every time, they loaded her backwards, hauled her facing the rear, and walked her out after the ride. Worked like a dream.
    07-04-2011, 03:23 PM
I personally would take the time to teach her to back out.

As you never know when a situation arises that your for what ever reason cannot turn her around, then your SOL as she has built up a habit of only walking out, this could pose an injury risk to yourself and the horse if she decided to loose it during a situaiton where she needs to back out.

Just my 2 cents :)
    07-13-2011, 05:39 PM
Green Broke
I've never ever backed a horse out of a trailer or lorry.

In trailers I have only traveled horses facing forwards and with a front ramp so I just walked them out the front ramp.

In my lorry the horses travel sideways and they ALWAYS walk forwards down the ramp. Far safer. You should get barged or trampled going forwards as you should be at thier shoulder anyway.

There is no more risk of a horse doing damage coming down a step forwards then there is when jumping or even just p*ssing around in the field.

Infact I do know of one horse who backed out of a trailer slipped, paniced, caught its leg on the side of the trailer and ripped its leg open. It had to be PTS on the show field as it had severed all the tendons in its legs entirely.
    07-15-2011, 08:39 AM
Back them out and let them know when they are needing to step down.
    07-15-2011, 09:07 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Maverick101    
I personally would take the time to teach her to back out.

As you never know when a situation arises that your for what ever reason cannot turn her around, then your SOL as she has built up a habit of only walking out, this could pose an injury risk to yourself and the horse if she decided to loose it during a situaiton where she needs to back out.

Just my 2 cents :)
I agree.

There are pros and cons for both ways of coming out. Backing, the horse can slip and get a leg caught under the trailer. Forward, they can be more likely to rush out. Forward is easier for the horse while backing can be more difficult.

I like to have the horse back out. One of our mares would not back out for anything. After working with her, she backs out just fine. What I did with her was to have her get one leg in, then back out and away from the trailer. Then two in and back out. Three and back out. Finally all four and back out. I think that the problem most horses have with backing out is they are unsure of stepping down.
    07-15-2011, 09:12 AM
I think if your horse walks off calmly and controlled and has enough room inside to turn around then letting them walk off is fine.

My old man, who is a saint about 99% of life will not back off a step up. Will not. Period. (Says me who found out the hard way - an hour of fighting at a barn where he was only being taken off so a horse further in could be dropped off.) He will self load and self unload (when told, obviously) on any trailer with a ramp. No hesitation. He self loads into a step up. He rides fine. He reloads fine. He will not back off. Period.

Since my trailer has plenty of room for him to turn around and he walks off calmly I see no reason to force the issue.
    07-15-2011, 11:43 AM
My guys can do both (though Ginger is a bit too long to do it, and I hate it when she does). Straight load they obviously have to back out, but with a stock trailer if they are small enough to turn around without hurting themselves, I don't see a problem with it. Though it probably would be a good thing to work on, just in case she gets so used to turning around that she doesn't remember how to back out of a straight load.
    07-15-2011, 02:50 PM
I prefer backing out, I own a straight load so my horses have no choice unless they want to stay in there.
My friend has a VERY pushy Percheron cross (i have told said friend I am no longer hauling/handling her horse until she properly trains her) And my friend says horses should never be backed out, so she turns her around to get out and the horse charges! Everytime, and has even busted a door like this. My friend is 5'8" 180lbs and can more or less control her, but the rest of us can't! I have seen a few people in my years get trampled by a horse turning and rushing from the trailer. After they back out a few times its not that hard, plus they can turn their head and watch where they are going.

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