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post #11 of 43 Old 05-15-2013, 04:36 PM
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Check the padding on the left side.

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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.
You turning right the horse is shifting and leaning into the padding on the left side. Check the padding on the left side pushing in as hard as you can. You are looking for anything that might be sharp or pointy that your horse is reacting to and causing him to counter/shift to his right and lift his left leg.

If head tie down and butt bar are good then that's all that I can think of without more information.

I'll wait for that and others to suggest things.

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post #12 of 43 Old 05-15-2013, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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every thing is correct. I have a quick release normal tiedown. He has ample height. The height of the trailer is 80", length of each stall is 77 1/2", width 30 1/2"
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post #13 of 43 Old 05-15-2013, 04:56 PM
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The dimensions seem reasonable. Pics now? Results of search for source of scratch?
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post #14 of 43 Old 05-15-2013, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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ok, I padded the escape door down where it opens. My trailer has very good padding on the center divider and on the wall. He is scraping his knee on the lower part of it, and down the left front. He is also stepping on his feet with the other foot. Only on the front hooves. That is why I wonder if he is not able to spread his feet far enough in the front when I turn. Several of us have looked and felt the side and all we come up with is hitting the lower part of escape door. Because when I padded it and put leggings on him no more scrapes. Just worried that trailer is to small. Does anyone think a slant would be roomier.
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ok, I padded the escape door down where it opens. My trailer has very good padding on the center divider and on the wall. He is scraping his knee on the lower part of it, and down the left front. He is also stepping on his feet with the other foot. Only on the front hooves. That is why I wonder if he is not able to spread his feet far enough in the front when I turn. Several of us have looked and felt the side and all we come up with is hitting the lower part of escape door. Because when I padded it and put leggings on him no more scrapes. Just worried that trailer is to small. Does anyone think a slant would be roomier.
Ah. Is he in the right side or left side trailer stall?

IMO. Not the trailer. Something else is going on.
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post #16 of 43 Old 05-15-2013, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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he is on the driver side of trailer
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post #17 of 43 Old 05-15-2013, 07:00 PM
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It sounds to me this horse is attempting to turn sideways to take weight off of his front end while being hauled. In other words, he wants to travel at an angle which is comfortable for him and the straight haul configuration doesn't allow.
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It sounds to me this horse is attempting to turn sideways to take weight off of his front end while being hauled. In other words, he wants to travel at an angle which is comfortable for him and the straight haul configuration doesn't allow.
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So waresbear.... what does that mean and what should we be looking for?
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post #19 of 43 Old 05-15-2013, 07:33 PM
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^^^ Maybe he just needs to learn to ride in a strait load. Maybe it is his first time? My horses are huge and take up all the trailer and have done fine so far.


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he has been in this trailer since a two year old. He is now 7. He also goes right in. No hesitation
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