Is this a bad idea?
So I recently purchased my first trailer, a Featherlite straight load. We did a short 15 minute run two weeks ago where my horse had no issues. Last week, we travelled a good 40 miles highway to a show. We was quiet in the trailer, but when it came time to put him back in and go home, he got a little stupid and kept shooting back out while I was trying to hook him up inside. This went on for a good 5 minutes before a nearby nice person helped me by shutting the door behind him. Once he was in, he was quiet and remained quiet all the way home. He unloaded like it was all good. I may just have tried to load him too quickly since he had just finished his naughty horse jumping round and was still a little lit up. He has always been a champ about trailering, so it just got me concerned that maybe he isn't too fond of his new ride.
Anyway, here's the idea. The divider comes completely out. I'm thinking when he's traveling alone, take it out and let him ride stock style to he has more room and can stand however he wants. I'm thinking still tie him so I don't have a constantly shifting load, but I'm not sure. Thoughts?
Horses like to have room, and plenty of people take out their dividers when hauling only one.
So I say go ahead and let your boy have the extra space. He'll be more comfy, and probably won't be so hard to load.
Thanks! Do I tie him or leave him loose?
Both my mares hated the divider. I removed it.
As for leaving loose or tied... People have different opinions, but in my experience it really depends on horse. I tie paint, leave qh loose. The reason qh just stands in about one spot (facing the rear). Plus she looked very unhappy and was kicking the wall whole time I tried to tie her once. Paint on other side if not tied spins around the trailer non-stop for the whole trip. Not fun. So I tie her.
I would say tie him... Because there's a possibility he could try and turn around like my neighbours race horse did on the way home from a show one day (but he broke loose then turned) it makes for a very bumpy ride :lol:
Also I would say do a trial run because some horses will lean for the corners, my horse Mitchell being one of them.
While it's not a bad thing for them to lean into the corners, some horses pre-anticipate the corners. I had a friend whos horse did this and he would unbalance the float, they ended up blocking off the front window so he couldn't see out to anticipate the corners.
HollyBubbles, there is no problem with a horse turning around to face backwards in the trailer. Provided once there, (s)he stays there and doesn't move around as in kitten_Val's example.
My Lisa much prefers to ride backwards. I still have to see if she will fit backwards in one stall in my new trailer. I hope so; then she can be happy facing backwards and my friend's horse can come with us in the other side. When left to her own devices, Lisa will face the back every time.
In answer to the OP, I much prefer to leave my horse untied. If your horse is quiet it is safer for the horse. They can find their own balance that way and if, heaven forbid, there is a slip and fall, or an accident, there is less risk of injury to the neck.
Here's a question -- what about two horses, untied, without a divider in a two horse straight load goose neck? Assuming the two horses get along, of course. Anyone ever done that?
Another possibility is to keep the divider in, but just swing and pin it to the side (if you are able). That way it still gives him room to stand more comfortably, but doesn't free up the whole trailer for him to call home.
Your second paragraph makes a good point, I never even thought about that.
And the bold... I've done that before :lol: one race horse and one ex-racer that hadn't met until we introduced them outside the trailer beforehand, mind you if they didn't seem right together we wouldn't have traveled them like that at the time. Then on the way home with my 15.2hh tb and 38" mini, they get along though, and I think gemma stood most of her time infront of the chest bar anyway.
I'd take it out if I could. My arab got caught on the divider once on the way home o.o it ripped his leg open and he never again loaded in a trailer without a fight lol. Poor thing. He panicked at being tied so tight and broke the line, reared, and got stuck ontop of the divider. Ugh.
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