Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Unfortunely the only solution I can offer is switch trailers to a stock trailer (unsung hero of solving trailering problems) or slant. I had a mare I hauled almost every weekend to some show or clinic, I had a stock trailer, she was fine, no problems whatsoever as any horse I have had using that old heavy thing, all dream loaders, haulers, etc. I "upgraded" to a straight load as I wanted a newer, lighter one with tack storage. While I loved it, my mare hated it, at first she was fine, then the scrambling, refusing to load & at the end she would get in & fall down to knees. She was not a big horse at all, no solid dividers, nothing was wrong except this horse could not tolerate being hauled straight. I sold the trailer to a friend, her horse liked it fine. Went back to a stock, mare was perfect again. A horse was brought to me for some training, took the owners hours to load her in their straight load, to bring her to my place. After this mare was in training with me for 3 weeks (owners wanted me to school her for a month before their began lessons on her) I decided to take her to a small schooling show, she loaded in my stock with minimal coaxing. Owners were at show, and watched her load for the trip home, she loaded like a pro. The next week they came to pick her up with their trailer, she wasn't having no part of that. I hauled her home with my stock. I told my clients to regard the trailer as a saddle not is fitting the horse, DON'T USE IT! Sure it's expensive to replace equipment & transportation for our horses but it's the route I recommend.
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