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post #1 of 5 Old 08-18-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Anxious about trailering.

As in, I'm the anxious one. Not the horse.

Some of you guys know I get nervous loading a horse. I've gotten over that, but I'm still ridiculously careful about it. I "send" them in instead of walking, shut them in, then walk to the front to clip on the trailer tie. I've been pulled back on too many times, and I still have images of when Bailey slammed me into the feeder when she jumped forward after I tied her in.

Well now I'm anxious about the hauling part itself. I keep hearing about these trailer accidents and imagine it popping off the hitch and flipping on its side, about getting stuck and not being able to turn around or back up, and things like getting t-boned at an intersection or the horse jumping in the feeder or wrapping around a tree or something.

I don't care if I get in an accident -I mean obviously I would care, but I would deal. I'd never forgive myself if I was hauling and got a horse hurt. I wouldn't even know what to do.

I'm going to go buy some Ace though and keep it in my purse...Had a girl recently flip her trailer on the highway and made me realize what would happen should the horse panic and she of not been smart enough to ace him...

Anyone else have these irrational fears? How do you deal with them? I turn my music up and obsessively watch my mirrors and drive ultra careful, to hell with the other drivers on the road who get mad at me...

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-18-2013, 03:32 PM
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there are so many things that can go wrong. I don't blame you for having anxiety about it. I ride along as a passenger and I am the one more anxious than the driver. But, I still think that having someone with you would help a lot. if , God forbid, you did have an accident on the road, having another person to help you would make all the difference in the world. Can you bring soemone with you?
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-19-2013, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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If I do have the option I normally have someone else come (Or preferably drive) when I go places. Sometimes though I've got no choice but to haul alone, or just keep my butt planted on the couch. I've been hauling a couple colts back and forth from work too which isn't nearly as scary as driving my own truck and trailer for some reason...

I am taking Selena up to a horse camp this week for some kids and then hauling a friend plus two horses to a barrel race on Sunday...At least to the barrel race I'll have a buddy!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-19-2013, 03:10 AM
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You need to stop, now! You are over thinking this and freaking yourself out.

Any of us could be in a car accident tomorrow, without a trailer. We don't let that fear get to us, as well, we need to drive.

There is no reason on earth that you will get into an accident when you are hauling, in fact you are not hauling more than you are hauling. So stop. Take control of your feelings.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-19-2013, 03:34 AM
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I'm the other way around, I feel more confident towing my babies and I'm a nervous wreck as soon as they get into the trailer with somebody else behind the wheel, this started after my mum took a corner too fast with Mitch in the back, and he scrambled and managed to unhook the partition and roll the mat under his hooves, he also took the skin off his hock and just above his hock, I think I was more shaken up than he was!

A good thing to do is keep a cellphone with you, let somebody know what time you plan to be at your destination, and keep them informed of where you are, if you stop, if you have any problems. That way if something does happen and you are on your own, somebody will know, and if your not at your destination at around about your expected time, somebody can check up on you.
Or if your destination has no cellphone reception, let somebody else know what time you will be leaving, somebody who is going to the destination before you, they will then know about what time to expect you to arrive and can even go for a drive to check your whereabouts if you don't arrive on time. I've hauled through some pretty scary roads on my own, I'm 18 and my horse has always been trucked up until I got him, so he doesn't quite have the most amazing balance in a float just yet.

Other things you can do if you are worried, say about cars behind you getting too close, is to get a remote controlled LED sign that you can preset messages for and press buttons to change the message. You can preset messages such as "Will pull over when safe" and "nervous horse/driver on board"

And practise, the more times you get out and have successful trips, not matter how short the trips are, the less likely you will be to have such high anxiety levels. I always find that my journey back home is easier for me than my journey to the destination, especially if it was my first time driving that stretch of road.

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