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    07-20-2010, 11:07 PM
  #1
Foal
Runs as soon as you put pressure on lead rope

Im gettin a stock horse filly that was rescue but the lady who has her said everytime you put pressure on the lead rope then she's off. This could be a problem when putting her on the truck. Any ideas?
     
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    07-20-2010, 11:15 PM
  #2
Banned
Sounds like she isn't halter broke. If the woman is incapable of halter breaking her, it could be difficult to get her on the trailer.
     
    07-20-2010, 11:19 PM
  #3
Foal
She has a halter on but that's about it. She's had NO handling at all. I said the best way to get her in the trailer would be to get her in a very small area and sedate her but the lady isnt keen on that
     
    07-20-2010, 11:21 PM
  #4
Banned
Any way you could go visit this filly for a few weeks before loading her?
     
    07-20-2010, 11:23 PM
  #5
Foal
Haha he's 900km away and she's comin next friday lol
     
    07-21-2010, 12:23 AM
  #6
Trained
They may just have to back the trailer up to a small pen, herd the horse into the pen, and subsequently the trailer; I would assume that a stock type trailer is being used, given the horse isn't trained, let alone can tie?
     
    07-21-2010, 12:44 AM
  #7
Yearling
Please please PLEASE don't sedate the horse! The worst thing you can do is sedate the horse to load it. Horses can react funny to sedation and you do NOT want her exploding in the trailer halfway home.

I have to load and unload unbroke horses quite often. The easiest way to do it is to use a 4 horse stock trailer. I pull it alongside a barn etc so that the barn wall forms one side of a chute. Using some pipe panels you can use the open door and the panels to form the other side of the chute. Have the horse herded into a small pen attached to the chute, then once she is in the chute close the pen. Slowly use the panels to crowd the horse into the trailer. She WILL go in. Once she is in shut the back door. If you want to get her into the front compartment let her settle down, then creep into the trailer and SLOWLY shut the gate.

I don't tie my horses when I trailer them. I believe they need to have their head free so that they can balance themselves. I would NOT use this opportunity to teach horse to tie.

When you get her home BEFORE she is unloaded, snap a 20 foot or so line of thick rope onto her halter and turn her out. She will step on the rope constantly and stop herself. She can't run with her feet on the rope! You can slowly start handling her safely this way.
     
    07-21-2010, 09:04 AM
  #8
Foal
We can't just use a normal truck, Its a huge road train transport. Only one that can do it so don't kno how its going to work.
     
    07-21-2010, 09:52 AM
  #9
Trained
Can you get someone out there to work with her for a while, getting her comfortable with the halter? Please don't sedate a horse to trailer them... don't know if you've ever seen a horse snap badly out of a sedation, but it's not pretty. They have no sense of pain or where they are, and will do anything to get out of the situation. If the mare snaps out in the trailer, you may well end up with a dead or near dead horse. Of course there are the more common issues about sedation while travelling, affecting balance and digestion which may easily give you a horse that goes down while travelling, or getting colic.

If you're using a transport company to do it, very few of them will allow a sedated horse on board anyway, and most have experienced horsemen on board to load the horse safely. Leave them to do their job without interfering and you'll be fine.
     
    07-21-2010, 01:02 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Can you get someone out there to work with her for a while, getting her comfortable with the halter? Please don't sedate a horse to trailer them... don't know if you've ever seen a horse snap badly out of a sedation, but it's not pretty. They have no sense of pain or where they are, and will do anything to get out of the situation. If the mare snaps out in the trailer, you may well end up with a dead or near dead horse. Of course there are the more common issues about sedation while travelling, affecting balance and digestion which may easily give you a horse that goes down while travelling, or getting colic.

If you're using a transport company to do it, very few of them will allow a sedated horse on board anyway, and most have experienced horsemen on board to load the horse safely. Leave them to do their job without interfering and you'll be fine.
Most I know won't load an un-halterbroke horse either, so make sure your company understands the situation before "counting" on them to do the pick up.

I agree... do NOT sedate her. It's not safe for horses to travel sedated.

Draftrider has about the only option available to you if this mare can't be halterbroke in the time needed.
     

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