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post #11 of 28 Old 04-24-2011, 08:54 PM
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Kitten Val, that's a very good point. So what do people do in stock trailers? I've never seen one inside (I will have to look next time I'm out and about); are there dividers in there to keep all the animals separate?
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I'd be very scared to do that frankly. If 2 horses decide to move there (say, one or both are beat by bee or decide to change the position for whatever reason) it'll be pretty bad balance-wise.
I don't like that idea either.

As for the OP - what's wrong with having someone close up the door behind as she did at the show? A lot of horses don't stay put once loaded and having the bar put up right away is just smart.

I think horses do like the freedom of a stock trailer open box to some extent but I think about myself in that environment. I'd like to have walls to lean into instead of bracing agains the turns. That would be more relaxing on a long haul. But loading into that space is scary for them if they don't travel a lot.
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Shipping the racehorses in vans we always wanted the better horses to be loaded so they rode backwards. There is a lot more strain from braking than from accelerating.
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I don't like that idea either.

As for the OP - what's wrong with having someone close up the door behind as she did at the show? A lot of horses don't stay put once loaded and having the bar put up right away is just smart.

I think horses do like the freedom of a stock trailer open box to some extent but I think about myself in that environment. I'd like to have walls to lean into instead of bracing agains the turns. That would be more relaxing on a long haul. But loading into that space is scary for them if they don't travel a lot.
What's wrong with it is, 1. I travel alone a lot, so I can only be in one place at one time. 2. The point of my post is to find the most comfortable way for my horse to travel. I'm not going to ask him to suck it up standing in a confined straight stall when he can have the whole thing to himself providing it's safe to do so. His comfort is my biggest concern after his safety. Until now he's never had any issues in the other 4 trailers he's been in which makes me think there's something about this one he does not like.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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What's wrong with it is, 1. I travel alone a lot, so I can only be in one place at one time. 2. The point of my post is to find the most comfortable way for my horse to travel. I'm not going to ask him to suck it up standing in a confined straight stall when he can have the whole thing to himself providing it's safe to do so. His comfort is my biggest concern after his safety. Until now he's never had any issues in the other 4 trailers he's been in which makes me think there's something about this one he does not like.

I've used a longe line loading a horse alone so that I could put the bar up behind him. Loop it up over the chest bar and out the side door. Then you are beside your horse as you guide him in and lock up.
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I believe you're missing the point of my post. He has always walked calmly into every trailer I have loaded him into. Something about this one makes him nervous. I do not want to ruin a very good horse where trailering is concerned. I am trying to find a way to make this trailer less frightening to him. Slamming the door behind a panicked horse is not the way to go with this guy unless I want him to never get into a trailer again.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Sorry, this part confused me to think that.

"Once he was in, he was quiet and remained quiet all the way home."

I'm sure you will do whatever is best for your horse.
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Sorry, guess that is confusing. I'm near the end of a 16 hour shift. Me brain starting to work not good. I'm an overthinker and this was only my 2nd time trailering him. The fact that he didn't want to stay in really messed with my head. I need to feel like he's okay back there. Thanks for your advice. I will throw a long line in my trailer box in case I ever need that one.

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My gelding was hauled loose in a stock trailer for 500 mi. arriving in good shape. He'd turn around when stopped but resume his rearward position as soon as the trailer was moving. Some have another gate not quite in the middle to make two small box stalls. Your horse may have had a small attack of claustrophobia. To him it's a trap where there's no escape. I'd just start asking him to load and unload, no matter how you configure the trailer. Nothing worse than to unload somewhere and all hell breaks lose when you want to come home and horse won't load.

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MyBoyPuck -- look carefully at the interior of this trailer. What colour is it? How many doors can you open during loading? What is on the floor?

If it is only this trailer, then there is either something different about it, or something happened the time before that has made him nervous. Could be that it makes a different noise when he loads? Something jingling that's new?

My mare also will load fine, then back up, load again, back up... she would do it all day if I would let her. Last time, every time she backed up I worked her then loaded her again and brushed her. But, frankly I don't have the patience for this nonsense. Next time we go somewhere, I'm just going to back her into the trailer. I know that her issue is that she doesn't like her head in the confined front of the trailer.
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