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post #11 of 17 Old 05-06-2008, 06:58 AM
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Oh Kitten, I'm so sorry you are having such problems and had an injury :( Just an off question does your trailer have mats on the floor? I'm just curious if it could be the noise that is bothering her if you don't. What color is your trailer? I may be way off here but I have noticed with us it seems dark colored trailers are harder for some horses. I'm just grasping at straws here
If all else fails use the feeding in the trailer. I know you don't like using food, but you may have to as a last ditch effort. The main objective is getting her comfortable in there.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-06-2008, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Vida, I have mats and sawdust on top. She's used to both of them (I have sawdust in stalls and mats in shed). Trailer is white with lots of air and openings (I ordered it white color even though it's not typical for stock trailer just to have it light and inviting :) ). When it happened yesterday we had food bucket I was hoping she'll get into and I'll be able to slip out. She completely ignored it - just panicked as long as she realized I'm leaving her there. I did walked her couple times AFTER the accident (after I took care of the cut and all), so hopefully she doesn't associate it with the trailer, but who knows... :( I'm just completely out of ideas at the moment...
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-06-2008, 02:41 PM
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I don't understand why you can't back her out. I've backed horses out of stock trailers before.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-06-2008, 07:51 PM
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So, a stock trailer does not have any dividers, right?? Does she do it with other trailers (if you have access to others)? Is it possible to have a horse buddy in with her?? I'm just asking, trying to help. So sorry to hear about the accident. I hate those. She hasn't any other accidents that you know of, right?
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post #15 of 17 Old 05-07-2008, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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mayfieldk, I can't back her because she TURNS right away. She completely forgets about keeping personal space and all. She PANICS.

FledgeOfNarnia, I plan on trying the neighbor's one with dividers. So will see... :) At least it'll be safer for me (even though tougher for her, I guess).
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-07-2008, 06:39 AM
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Be careful...if she's panicking without a divider, she may be worse being in a 'chute' with a divider, especially if she's never been in one before.
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-25-2008, 03:09 AM
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Have you tried to tie her as soon as you get her in? I would take a long lead rope and as soon as she's in run the rope through the ring or slat and hold tight as you stand back out of her way. Or run the rope out of the slats to someone outside to hold her. It sounds to me like she just wants out and she's going to get out at all costs. It maybe helpful to have somebody shut the door behind her as soon as she's in. Also its much safer to make her back out, because then she can't run you over in the process. Good luck and be patient

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