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post #11 of 14 Old 02-20-2011, 11:24 PM
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I had an Appy who scrambled mainly on left turns...not sure why, but no matter how slowly you entered or exited a left turn he would scramble slightly.

I made sure he was always adequately wrapped: if normal trailer wraps slide down his legs (they did on my App), use the thicker polos. I would rather have some protection than none. I also made sure to have those fleece halter protectors on the halter as well, so if he went down a bit, the halter didn't rub his face too badly. I also liked to have a light sheet on, to protect from scrapes from the divider...better the sheet than the horse. Most importantly I drove in such a way that he wasn't 'forced' to scramble as much; meaning I took longer to slow down, took a little longer to turn, etc...I could care less what other drivers think, my horse is WAY more important to me than getting somewhere in a hurry, they can pass me, or I will pull over and give people a chance to pass if I'm in an area that is hard for people TO pass easily.

I am fortunate, now, though, that my current mare is one of those that you don't even know she's there...haha. But I'm still careful with my precious cargo!

I tried both bedding and no bedding in the trailer, as well with the Appy, and neither seemed to make a difference, so I usually made sure he had a lot of bedding so IF by chance he ever did go down he didn't slide onto a hard floor; he never did go down which I am very thankful for.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."

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post #12 of 14 Old 02-21-2011, 12:03 AM
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I would definitely recommend bedding if you don't already use it. The first horse trailer we had, was a straight load, and you could leave the top half of the doors open. My horse was always making lots of noise while in the trailer, and finally one day I was following my dad I think with my mom, because the tail light was broken on the trailer, and I was just curious what my horse was doing. I ended up finding out that for whatever reason whenever we stopped, he'd just about sit down on his butt. We slowed down very slowly, my dad is a cautious driver normally, add a trailer, and he's even more careful, but it didn't make a difference for my horse. So if you can have the top part of the trailer open, I would suggest driving the trailer, make sure whoever's driving is the person that is normally driving, drive like normal, but stick to the surface streets, and then have the trailer followed, either by you, if you don't normally pull the trailer, or by a friend, or family member, and a passenger armed with a camera, to take video while driving around, and then watch it when you get home, and see how he's moving, and exactly when he starts to shift and why. That may help clue you in on what needs to be done to make it safer for your horse. Good luck to you. Fortunately my mare has so far not had any problems once in the trailer, except for the fact that she can not back out. I feel very lucky that I'm not constantly hearing noise when my horse is being trailered.
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We were thinking about putting bedding in the trailer, so maybe that will help. We drive extremely cautiously when pulling the trailer, everybody pulls around us because we go so slow!
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-21-2011, 03:08 PM
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Once my friend let me ride in her trailer while she drove on the farm roads and that was an experience! Good to know what the horses are feeling.
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