Angel is a nightmare to trailer. She gets in fine and everything, but about 20-30 minutes into the trailering she starts pawing. We've tried stuff like hobbling her, breaking enough so she has to have all 4 to balance, not my favorite method, but a last resort, taking center divider out so a one horse slant, ect. Nothing has worked. Sometimes she goes as far as bucking, but only on left turns. She is denting the metal inwards and has broken a few floor boards. Luckily never put her hood through, but still not ok. Also yes we do check the floors every time before we haul.
I was able to get a hold of one of her old owners a couple years ago and they said they never have had an issue with her, but they always trailered in a slant, we have a straight load. That was like 13 ish years ago though so something may have happened between the time that owner sold her and when I bought her. I have no way to know.
There have been a few times while we hauled her that she had a few accidents. One time we were heading to a riding lesson and she started bucking, on a left turn, she kicked the center bar out of place. At the time we only had one butt bar attached, no one told us other wise, and it caught it at a weird angle. She got her legs caught and cut them up pretty bad. She was ok, no tendon damage, and it's all healed with just some scars. Now we put both butt bars up no matter what.
Another time she started bucking, again on a left turn, and we had her hobbled. She slipped and fell. She knew enough to tuck her legs in so she wouldn't get stepped on by Jinxx. Luckily my dad forgot to tie her in so she didn't get hung up. We immediately pulled over got her up and out. Just a scratch on her cheek. From there on no more hobbles and tying when the divider is in.
A little bit about the trailer and how we trailer. The trailer is a 2 horse straight load. Has a sturdy frame and everything. When we trailer she has access to hay and some feed. We usually travel with another horse who does well traveling, but makes no difference to her. She is always on the left side since she can not handle the right.
We have no access to any other trailers to try her in to see if she does any better. I do have a theory that she is claustrophobic because at a horse show we rented a box stall. First time ever having her in a box stall, while we owned her. She would not calm down. Very ancy and pacing a lot. Couldn't get out of the stall fast enough, but once in the isle she was fine.
I'm not really thrilled about having a straight load, but that is what we have right now. I'm in the process of saving for a 3 horse slant. I currently have about $1700 so I'm still ways away. I want the 3 horse slant since I have 2 horses and the third stall gives me an extra space, but I can also remove the arms and create a stock type trailer.
Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do? She is 23 so I don't know if there is anything we can do at this point? Any information will be helpful. Also let me know if I forgot to add anything.
Here is a picture of where she is kicking in the trailer: