Divider or no Divider
I have a 2 horse straight load. (A step-up) I usually only trailer one horse. Is there any reason I even need to have a divider in there? The only issue with taking down the divider is there will no longer be a butt bar for the horse to lean on.
My mare tends to be claustrophobic. She usually loads fine (4 out of 5 times), but sometimes she gets really anxious. I've noticed she loads better when I take the pins out of the divider and swing it to the side. That would be fine except my trailer is old and the pins are extremely difficult to get out. Today I couldn't get them out at all.
I know some of this is a training issue, but I think some of it has to do with the trailer too. The trailer is almost completely enclosed and it gets really hot in there. It was 90 degrees outside today, so inside the trailer was even hotter than that.
If I take the divider out, I would still be tying her to the front. That way she could travel either facing forward or at a slant.
I don't know much about this, but I've heard that many horses travel better in roomier trailers (box stalls).
Take the divider out. I do this all the time when I have only one horse in the trailer. I don't tie in the trailer either. Sometimes my mare will turn around and face backwards while trailering. She used to turn around all the time, but now only about 1/2 the time.
If you typically only haul 1 horse, I would take the divider out. It's going to make the trailer more balanced if she can stand where she pleases, rather on just one side. Some WD40 and elbow grease will probably be needed to undo a rusty divider.
I also would not tie so that she is free to ride backwards in the trailer and stand how she pleases.
The extra room may help with the trailer loading issue, but an issue is an issue. Here's some tips for trailer loading:
Oh, I forgot to comment on the butt bar. I rigged up mine so I can still use a butt bar or not depending on the horse I am hauling. I just cut the two butt bars off the divider and link them together.
Thanks for the info! I think I will take the divider out for now. I'll probably be back with a new thread once I get some pictures. My trailer is 12-14 years old (I forget the exact year). It needs some repairs and a paint job and some rust spots fixed up.
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