How to make my horse chill out while trailering.

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    05-19-2012, 04:18 AM
How to make my horse chill out while trailering.

So, Mim's being a bum. She is scared while in the float.

She tries to kick the tail gate - but before she can I get up her (nicely)

And she frets and get silly of the stupidest things, like me moving.

So far I've put her in the float and locked her in, haven't moved the float at all, she walks up fine, she's actually really good.... but soon as the tail gates up she picks her head up high and kind of attempts to back off. (been loading her on and off and chilling in there for ages for about 3 weeks now, almost everyday)

I've tried by her self and with another horse. Still the same.

The float isn't closed in, it has a large front window and fully open sides and back, but also not overly open that a huge amount of wind or noise would come in when we start going.

Anyway - I'm going to start giving her Vitamin B tablets, and cut back her high energy feed, but anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for reading my essay!

(also - Mim is a 16hh solid chunk, and our float is a double straight load, with extra long and wide)
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    05-19-2012, 04:34 AM
Just a precaution: have you checked to make sure the tailgate has no protruding edges/wires//etc that could be causing her discomfort? Or perhaps a wire making contact elsewhere that putting the tailgate up completes the circuit and shocks her?

Just curious :) Could be she might need some padding against her bum, instead of chill pills!

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    05-19-2012, 05:18 AM
Thanks RSS - yeah, nothings touching her apart from the rubber (which is tightly attached to the tail gate so nothing flapping down) also no wires or anything, and she isn't constantly at it, it's just a little (shes really impatient with everything.)

Also purposely pushed the bum bar and stuff against her bum and she knows it's there and doesn't mind it, I think the main reason why she doesn't like it is cause it down block a lot 'view' so she might be a little claustrophobic.

Thanks though! Would be awful if she was getting 'attacked' and I was clueless!
    05-19-2012, 05:37 AM
Ah, I see! Claustrophobia and lack of patience; two fun peronality traits!

Not sure on natural relaxers, so I'll take the passenger seat and see what others say.

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    05-20-2012, 02:50 PM
On relaxers: a few people I now give their horses the supplement "chill" before trailering. I've never seen any negative side effects with these horses, but I understand it doesn't work for all.
Might be worth a shot if this is a clausterphobia problem and you trailer often.
    05-20-2012, 03:07 PM
Agreed....I'm not hugely experiences with trailer problems (All my horses are fairly calm in the trailer so I'm lucky) So if I was in your shoes I would probably either get help from my trainer or start with a calming agent.
    05-20-2012, 03:34 PM
Very common in my experience to have horses kick and fuss after loading, but they'll settle down once the trailer starts moving. If I stop for gas or whatever they'll start stompin again and raisin hell. How is she once the trailer starts moving?

(If they load good, I'm a happy camper. I usually don't care if they stomp and kick a bit, the trailer's not going to fall apart.)
    05-20-2012, 06:20 PM
Thanks guys - and Rancher, haven't even got it moving yet, as I feel like she's going to throw up her head and flip over backwards (not that it's possible she even can) but fall on her bum none the less.

I will have to suck it up and try to move it a little, she has good balance so unless her mind goes ape and takes over her body there is no reason why she wouldn't stay standing.

It's not helpful that I've had about 7 bad floaters /: (and no we didn't make them bad, we just happened to be unlucky) But they've all gotten better.
    05-20-2012, 06:27 PM
Load her in a stock trailer and she'll quit. I always say, everyone makes a big fuss about a saddle being uncomfortable for their horse so they get a different one. However, if the horse lets you know in no uncertain terms that the trailer is making them uncomfortable or sore, we just find ways to force them to endure it. Odd, really.
    05-20-2012, 06:31 PM
Fantastic point!!
But I really don't have the money to spend on another trailer /:

I can't see anyway this float is hurting her, she just needs to get used to it.

Thank you though, I will keep that in mind when I win the lotto (;

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