Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
I've had a horse fall. She was tied. There wasn't an accident, I'm told I drive like a grandma when hauling horses (by other horse people) and I was going about 15 mph when it happened. I don't THINK it was my driving, and I'd never had a problem before, and never since, but it is, of course, possible.
The other horse was just fine (he freaked when she fell and kicked the CRUD out of the trailer door. She DID get hung up, but I had tied her fairly loose, and with all the ruckus going on, we stopped right away. (kids were so freaked out that they jumped out of the truck and ran away!) I bought a slant the following february. Never put that horse back in the straight load. She had hauled all over the country with no problems before, though I'm told that she used to lay down, but hadn't for years. It is possible that she was so used to traveling in a slant, that the motion of the straight load threw her off balance in a way she wasn't used to.
I tie in my slant because the dividers don't go all the way to the floor. I tie just short enough that they can't get their head under the divider, but if they fall (which I'm understandably wary of now) they won't be hung up unless they fall AND slide towards the front or back of the trailer. If they slide, we'd hear the commotion from the other horses and be able to stop. There are panic snaps at both ends of the ties.