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    09-08-2012, 12:07 AM
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Weanling
Trailering Issues - Loads fine, but freaks soon as it moves?

Sorry for the essay, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any calming tablets/paste/shots I could give her that wares off in 1-3 hours. Or any lighter sedation that is only for a short period of time. I really want to take her to Pony club and comps as she's amazing but I'm stuck at home!

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I bought my horse just under a year ago and I got her from 8ish hours away so I transported her up here, was a huge angle Gooseneck, the person transporting said she fell over three times but he gave her two compartments and said she was fine.

So I've been doing lots of float training and she loads perfectly (In my 2 horse straight extended front and it's wider and higher then normal), she stands in there for a very long time too. Happy and only a little wary.

Once we got to the stage of actually moving she flipped out soon as it went forward about 5inchs. All she wanted to do was get out. I was in there with her feeding and patting her. Soon as the car stopped (pretty instantly, but smooth) she stood up and calmed down. She hit her head on the roof (shes 16hh but about 20inchs away from the roof when standing)

That was with the divider bar in place. (That's not fully to the ground so she can brace her self) But I am yet to try with out it, but the thing is is she has some serious case of separation anxiety and I was hoping to travel her with her friend but if there is no bar they will kill each other (mares I tell you)
     
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    09-08-2012, 12:13 AM
  #2
Weanling
Try loading her friend with her next time. Horses that are new to hualing will often haul quietly with a more experienced horse in there with them. You do not need to be riding in the trailer with them, that is WAY too dangerous.
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    09-08-2012, 12:21 AM
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Weanling
Yeah, I will try that. I was in the trailer encase she did freak, which she did, but we weren't planning on going anywhere, was just around home.
     
    09-08-2012, 10:28 AM
  #4
Started
Personally I wouldn't want you in there in case she does freak- I've seen more than a few horses break those barriers and injure themselves on it - I'd hate to see you under one when it happens.

That being said what you should do is fairly often put her on the trailer (I agree if you have an experienced horse put that one with her) and drive once around the block - when she stops freaking out that's when you can stop the trailer and let her stand in it a few minutes still before taking her out. All this assuming the trailer is safe. If it's low enough to hit her head on duct tape foam wherever she could reach.
A lot of people think horses need things to support themselves on while in a trailer. A guy I know who worked at an old slaughter house told me he knew which horses came from trailers like that because they were all bruised up from being bounced into the walls the whole ride - this happened too when there were too many horses loaded into the same trailer.
My preference is a large open stock trailer with them tied to a specific spot. This gives them spaceif they stumble a little. Assuming the driver is driving safely and not hauling around and bouncing over stuff at full speed, horses shouldn't fall down completely ever. I've seen some horses fall down completely when they didn't have the room to move over to catch themselves in tight trailers. That's why in tight trailers that keep them propped up many people use all those shipping pads to prevent that bruising.

When your truck started very likely the horse could have stumbled back, not been able to catch herself on her own feet, bumped herself on a barrier and become very frightened. I can see how that would play out - I've seen it too often.

SO foam up the whole inside of your trailer so she can't get too bruised, if it's possible to open it up to be larger that would be good - then just practice going once around the block. Also feeding her while she's in such a panic may sound good because you'll be calming to her - but feeding a nervous horse is a recipe for a choke. I don't even put hay in with horses who aren't completely comfortable in a trailer.

Good luck that's a tough situation.
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    09-08-2012, 02:27 PM
  #5
Yearling
I had this happen to my first horse the guy did a realy bad job trailing him that every time he got on a trailer he would freak out- It took a long time to retraining after that he was good
     
    09-08-2012, 02:34 PM
  #6
Green Broke
A calm, older--NOT old and decreped!-- horse can help cut your training time down SO MUCH. I had that in my older horses, who broke my younger horses in to trailering, trail riding, and gunfire.
If you don't own one, find a friend who owns an assertive, middle-aged horse to give yours confidence traveling on short trips in your trailer.
This is how the US Cavalry broke in new mounts. They paired experienced horses + green horses. Works every time it's tried. =D
Today, I use my 14yo mare to give confidence to my younger geldings, too.
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    09-09-2012, 03:25 AM
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Weanling
Thanks guys! (: Will try with her paddock mate (solid floater) and see how that goes.
     
    09-09-2012, 05:38 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Also, if you were using a "soothing voice" with horse? That is guaranteed to make it worse. Saying "it'ssss allll rightttt" does nothing to calm a horse down, but does much to make one a fool.

Your being in the trailer might have made it worse too?

And check to make sure trailer is secure, and level.
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    09-10-2012, 10:26 AM
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Showing
A long experienced rider after a big jumping venue at the Biltmore Estate went into the trailer with her horse and was carried out in a stretcher and was DOA.
     
    09-10-2012, 10:30 AM
  #10
Showing
We trailered a horse in a stock trailer, wasn't tied in. Loaded nicely, travelled quietly but as soon as we were stuck at a red light he'd fall down. As soon as we were moving he'd be up. What worked in our case was stopping farther back and letting the truck crawl forward and tap the brakes. He was kept busy trying to keep his balance that he stayed up. It's not that we braked too quickly, we were already sitting there for half a minute or so. I have one horse that likes to travel backwards so he's not tied in in the stock trailer.
     

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