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    07-21-2007, 08:52 AM
trailer problems

Hi can any 1 help my mare just don't travel she loads fine doesnt get stress or sweat up and unloads fine however on the way to shows she puts her right back leg up the trailer wall to ballence and she has wrecked the tralier but the last time we took her out she went through the rubber matting on the walls through the wood under that and on to the bare mettal under that and ended up slicing off a quarter of her hoof so when we unloaded her there was claret every where and the journy only takes 20 mins on staight roads please help me I don't know what else to do as now we are stuck in and can't travel anywhere :(
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    07-21-2007, 10:08 AM
Wow, I've never heard of a horse trying to balance like that.

Have you tried loading her and just leaving her in the trailer to eat her dinner, then taking her out? Does she just stand in there with no problem?

Is your trailer a straight load, or slant load?

How long have you had your mare? What type of trailer did she ride in before?

Is the trailer completely enclosed, or can you take the tops of the doors off like on some trailers? If you can, have you loaded her, then had someone watch from behind as you travel down the road to see what she's actually doing? I think that's where I'd start. Just down to the end of the driveway and back, or no more than 100 feet down the road. Try to determine at what point or speed this seem to be happening, then try to fix the problem from there.
    07-21-2007, 03:27 PM
Consider sedating her. Ask your vet about it.
    07-21-2007, 04:42 PM
If you just sedate her that will not fix it and then she will be slow all day.

Desperate, is right let her eat her dinner in there make the trailer fun.
    07-25-2007, 10:30 AM
:( she loves the trailer I have tried her with the partition in and out it makes no difference we have tried the short distance thing but again it makes no go she is ok on straights and she only seems to do it on left turns and breaking, we followed in the car to see what she was doing as she was making the car really jolt where she is doing this.
With the partition in she rides straight and when we took the partition out she traveled at an angle so im just stuck as to what to do I have exhausted all my options and don't know what else to do for her
    07-25-2007, 01:11 PM
If it's corners and breaking, it's a balance issue. She's likely more comfortable riding at a slant than straight ahead...many horses are. I'd keep the partition out and see if you can't slowly work her back into being comfortable with slow travel.

I've not had a horse that couldn't readjust once the divider was out, so I'm afraid I've not got any more suggestions other than that. Hopefully someone else will!
    07-25-2007, 03:25 PM
Thanx for your help I thought about giving her the rest of the year off to try and get her to re balance in the trailer and if that don't work I have run out off ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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