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post #1 of 43 Old 05-15-2013, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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is my trailer too small?

I have a 2004 logan straight load. My horse is a 16 hand quarter horse. He has been scraping his left knee when I turn to the right. Is this because he does not have enough room to brace himself because it is too narrow?
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Hard to say without pictures, or at least interior dimensions of the trailer.
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Probably, I haul everywhere throughout the spring to the end of fall for many decades now, I'd be freaking if any of my horses had a scrape on them when exiting a trailer!
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Wares, she could also be turning too quickly to the right. It happens.

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I have a 2004 logan straight load. My horse is a 16 hand quarter horse. He has been scraping his left knee when I turn to the right. Is this because he does not have enough room to brace himself because it is too narrow?
Hello and welcome!

I guessing that you have already looked for or know what he is scraping against? Has anyone ridden in the trailer while it is moving to see what is happening?

Can you post photos of the trailer and the horse with the scrapes?

Brand and model of trailer?
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Sereno, the OP stated it's a 2004 logan straight load, if that helps.

OP - what is he scraping his knee on? Any idea? Is he tied during transport? How wide is the trailer/stall?

If it's a double trailer, then he doesn't have a wall on the right side of him to scrap against, hence only the left side scrape. This may not have anything to do with turning at all. Regardless it's still a concern -- possible that turns are made sharply and quickly throwing him off balance? Or starting and stopping too quickly? Are the roads very rough?

I agree -- pics of the trailer interior might be helpful.
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Let's see if this helps at all?

Logan web site didn't help nor searching Google for a 2004 straight load Logan.

So let's try this? Is this close to what you have?



Is the side and front padding in good shape? It would be easy to attached another padded board to the forward manager wall to ease the scrapping but does not solve the what and why's.

How tight is his tie down rope and is that centered or left/right of center. Is the butt bar in the right location?
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thanks for responses. I turn very slowly because I see that when I turn it looks like he gets offbalance. I padded the door similar to the one in picture. I hauled for 3 hrs yesterday and he did not scrape up again, but I could see him leaning and unbalanced when I turn to right. I will go out and measure my trailer.
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I have a 2004 logan straight load. My horse is a 16 hand quarter horse. He has been scraping his left knee when I turn to the right. Is this because he does not have enough room to brace himself because it is too narrow?
I've been thinking about this. Sounds like someone has been in the trailer with him. But, let's double check a couple of things.

YOU turn right and he hits something with his LEFT knee. Front left knee or back? Is the scrape on the front of his knee or the outside?

Turning right he should be shifting his weight to his left side and legs and the padding on the left side should support him if needed.

So I'm a little confused. But WE will try to figure this out and learn along the way.
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How can you see that he gets off balance when you turn? Do you have a camera in the trailer? That would be very helpful for sure. Is his balance OK otherwise?

You said you padded the door. What door? So there wasn't any padding in the trailer before? Is there now? At what height? And what is on the walls below the padding? Check for screws, etc that stick out. Run your hand over the entire wall from the padding down -- you may find the culprit.

Still though, why is he rubbing against the wall I wonder. Maybe this is common, but I've never noticed because I don't have anything on the wall of my trailer that could cause a scrape?
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