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    05-15-2013, 07:50 PM
  #21
Green Broke
I just saw your measurements and all I can say is I would not be able to get my 16.3 and 17.2 hh horses in that. Mine is extra tall extra wide, 7.5' tall and I think they have 36" each stall, I forget and they still barely fit.
Do you have a picture of your horse in it.
     
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    05-15-2013, 08:28 PM
  #22
Green Broke
Can you open the divider? Maybe secure it to the passenger side of the trailer that way he can balance himself?
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    05-15-2013, 08:34 PM
  #23
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Originally Posted by nvr2many    
I just saw your measurements and all I can say is I would not be able to get my 16.3 and 17.2 hh horses in that. Mine is extra tall extra wide, 7.5' tall and I think they have 36" each stall, I forget and they still barely fit.
Do you have a picture of your horse in it.
THIS IS A JOKE.... got it> nvr YOUR horses are twice the size to the OP's horses and some of us know that your horse need to be loaded with a horse-shoe horn.

Just kidding. You/we need to look at everything. So take another look.

(I can not resist razzing nvr when I can. She do it to me too.)
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    05-15-2013, 08:34 PM
  #24
Green Broke
Does he paw in the trailer and bang his pawing leg on the manger wall causing the scrape?
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    05-15-2013, 08:36 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Does he paw in the trailer and bang his pawing leg on the manger wall causing the scrape?
Excellant Cowchick. No one asked if this is the horses "normal" behavior.
     
    05-15-2013, 09:33 PM
  #26
Green Broke
@ Sereno, LOL! But she did say her horse is 16 hh so that is only three inches shorter than my grey.

BTW......... "Horse Shoe Horn" Bahahahahahahaha!!!
     
    05-16-2013, 02:22 PM
  #27
Yearling
My thought would be along the lines of Honeysuga...
Swing the divider over and give the horse more of a pie-shaped stall. He sounds like he may possibly be "scrambling" a bit. I've had a couple of horses who did this..have one now. She's fine with more room to balance. Park her next to a solid wall and a narrow space and she'll crawl the wall.
     
    05-17-2013, 06:37 PM
  #28
Trained
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Originally Posted by Sereno    
So waresbear.... what does that mean and what should we be looking for?
It means the horse doesn't like taking the brunt of the load with his shoulders and front end, he wants to turn sideways to balance. What you should be looking for is a trailer where the horse doesn't scrape himself? It always amazes me, if we have some sort of tack that the horse doesn't like, as a saddle, a bit, we don't force them to accept it, or pad it up, we get the equipment the horse works best in. However with trailers, most peops say "Well this is the trailer I got, so the horse has to accept it." I never took that approach, I don't want a scraped up horse, I don't want a horse reluctant to load, I want the horse to be happy, comfortable and plenty of room, and ready to perform when we arrive at our destination, so I have a trailer that fits. After having a show horse that had convulsions in a straight haul after I sold my stock to "upgrade", I don't even consider them any longer, and I have two horses right now that have never, ever refused to load, didn't have to be trained to load, they just go in the trailer because as foals, they were always hauled in a stock or a slant. I would rather save the time for better training under saddle than trying to cheap out on a trailer. BUT, I sold that straight haul to a person I know, she still uses it for her horses and barring a few scraped legs unloading, her horses have always hauled fine in it. To each his own, I would just rather not fuss with trailer training, I haul too often and too far for it ever to be an issue for me.
     
    05-17-2013, 06:45 PM
  #29
Green Broke
^^^ Good point. I guess if I had one that was always hurting itself I would look for a new one too.
     
    05-17-2013, 06:59 PM
  #30
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Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
My thought would be along the lines of Honeysuga...
Swing the divider over and give the horse more of a pie-shaped stall. He sounds like he may possibly be "scrambling" a bit. I've had a couple of horses who did this..have one now. She's fine with more room to balance. Park her next to a solid wall and a narrow space and she'll crawl the wall.
Horse trailers have been around for a long time, just like horses!

I really think that it is up to the owner/trainer to get the horse comfortable in the trailer. The divider is closed to SUPPORT the horse and help. Leaving it open, IMO is letting the horse be on it's own UNSUPPORTED and asking for trouble. It SOUNDS good to give your horse more room.

Now go ride in your trailer for 3 hours with no support and tell me what you think. Remove the center divide or open it and put a rope on your face, if you tie down, with that tie down to one spot.

The horse needs the side/rear/front support and that is why it is there. Just like you, remove the support and you are worn out in 30 minutes.

Just my opinion.

It's not a horse problem it's an owner problem.
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