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post #1 of 5 Old 04-17-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Paranoid about floating (trailering) my horse.

So - I bought a new horse (16hh) from several hours away (15 or something) anyway - she was trucked up and they said she fell over 3 times - she was square loaded (angle but not on a slant) they said they then gave her two compartments and she was fine. Her back and hooves was also sore.

I've had several horses - mainly arabs, actually, only arabs, fall over in the float, and two others slip on there bum.

I hate floating - even the best floater that has never had a problem I feel sick when I do it.

anyway - sorry - So I haven't floated her yet. I've brought her in there and she is alright - shes a impatient horse and throws her head up - luckily we have a high roof and she only just touches her head. And fixed her back and hooves.

Previous owner said she never had problems - but who knows.

I have a 2H straight load float that's custom made (super wide, high and spacious. also has a lot of room at the front)
So can take out the center divider - but she has separation anxiety, and is constantly looking for the other horses.
Should I float her by her self or with a 15hh QH ('perfect' floater and friend)

I don't really know why I'm asking you guys - but I think I just need some comfort and hope that she will stay standing... oh dear I'm hopeless!! haha!

thank you!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-17-2012, 09:33 PM
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You just gotta do it! lol
I've never personally had a horse fall down in a trailer.
It sounds like the horse has to learn how to stand while the trailer is moving, which it can only do with experience.
That, or the horse was possibly let loose and in the middle of turning or moving around when the driver went to slow down or make a turn and they got caught off balance.
If that were the case, i would keep the horse tied so they can only stay in one spot and concentrate more on keeping their footing.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-17-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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I guess so!

Will be taking it super slow!
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-18-2012, 12:57 AM
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I had a horse that would always go down in the float. It freaked us out a lot but he was pretty fine with it. He'd just stay there eating some loose hay on the ground. He wouldn't do it on an angle load.

I'd probably float yours alone. If she goes down the other horse could panic and they could both get hurt. I'd swing the divider to one side so it's sort of an angle and hope the horse can keep its balance.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-18-2012, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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The divider can come out. and all the horses that have fallen over just constantly thrash and hit there heads on the side until they are standing again - mean while people in the car freaking out and trying to find somewhere to pull over... worst experience ever... I wish we could teleport.
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