Ugh, now I'm confused again. I was all set to take the divider out and let him stand however he wanted. Now I don't know. He's regularly ridden in 4 other trailers, 2 slants and 2 straights, without a single issue. Why do horses always have to throw curveballs into everything?
I do drive like an old lady when he's back there. It was only my second time ever driving a truck and trailer, so I'm currently doing things very cautiously. I can't do anything about rough roads, but did what I could to assure him a smooth trip.
We're doing a XC clinic on Sunday which is about a 40 mile trip. Guess I'll find out if it was a one time thing. Maybe I should rub beet pulp all over the walls!
MyBoyPuck - there is nothing wrong with taking the divider out, seriously.
Someone used the analagy of they needing the walls *divider* to balance on, and I think that's hogwash.
I know many people who haul their horses in Stock Trailers, that have NO dividers and guess what, they do just fine!
I had a horse, my first official owned horse, when I was backin HighSchool I was given an APHA Colt. When it came time to teach him to trailer and load up and off, he would have panick attacks when my Dad and I would get him loaded up.
I cannot remember at what point, where my Dad came up with the idea to take out the divider - but he did, and then Iko was ok. We took out the divider and hauled him backwards actually, and he was very happy with that.
So I would lead him up in the 2 horse strait haul, now converted into a "stock" and I would turn him around where he was facing the loading ramp, and his butt end was facing the front, and tied him up there. He was able to see the door close, and he was able to see the door open when the haul was done.
He stood quietly, I have no idea why, but it worked.
I haul Nelson in a stock trailer that I borrow from a friend of mine. He hauls just fine in there without the divider. So I don't get how they need that to "support" themselves. As far as I am aware, the divider was put in, to seperate the 2 horses.