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post #11 of 47 Old 02-17-2019, 10:19 AM
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Back to trailering.

Horses do very well being trailered. I wouldn't put too much concern on your mare urinating when she was loaded. Really. They'll both be okay.

I generally tie my horses when they are in. If it's a straight load trailer, I may not, and only have the butt chain done. But I do get hold of the lead before the back is opened, with green horses, so I can give feedback and encouragement as needed.

When pulling, I take off more slowly than when I don't have a trailer, and stop more slowly if possible. I take turns easily. Once a water bottle rode 6 miles on the tongue of my bumper pull without falling off. lol

But you mention someone else will be driving.

I wouldn't sedate either horse, I would let them adapt to this with their wits about them.

Mostly, have fun. It's great to see new country, and best to see it from the back of a horse!
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Sedation is typically not advised.

Make sure you have ID on your horse (a mane tie or halter clip on ID), and that they are wearing a breakaway halter and/or tie rope. I have leather shipping halters for my horses (leather breaks, synthetic doesn't), and use trailer ties with quick-release snaps. Carry a good equine first aid kit and tire repair equipment. And water. A small hay net is nice -- opinions are divided about those. If your horses are shod in front don't use one of those poly rope nets, it is too easy for them to get a hoof stuck in them.

It is a really good idea to take a short ride (hopefully on private roads) INSIDE your trailer with someone else driving; you'll experience what it is like back there for the horses. I drive like I am balancing a full wine glass back there. Do everything SLOWLY.
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Sounds like fun! The ONE thing that is a huge safety issue is the golden rule (to me) Never have the horse tied while the loading door is still open and the butt bar is still down. You don't want a horse to try to back out because it looks and feels wide open behind him, realize he is tied, and panic in the trailer.
For safety sake, I'd say the complete opposite! See other recent trailering thread for details.

I'd of course first ensure the horse was confident & well trained enough not to panic before I'd tie firm or shut them in.

Then unless it was safe to leave them loose, I'd absolutely tie the horse before shutting them in. Last thing you want is a loose horse turning around or otherwise trying to escape. Especially if you have 'butt bars, they can get under - seen some horrible situations there!

And don't have the front 'escape' door open either. Unless it's big enough for the horse to go *safely* thru & you're happy for him to go thru as part of training.
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Are you driving?

The best thing to do, if you are, is go to a large parking lot and practice.

If this is just about the horses, donít worry. They will be fine.

Walk in, eyes forward, just like walking into the barn. Donít look back at the horse. If the lead gets snug(horse stops) say what ever you say to get them to go. If that doesnít work, (still do NOT look at the horse!) back out, back the horse up firmly. Do not say, easyhoneysmoochybabyitsok....back up about 5 steps, then go forward again, with purpose, into the trailer. Your lead should be about 3 feet to the horse, not held close to the halter.

Tie the horse, ask them to step up, and over, if needed, close the gate. Repeat with the others. Be sure they have hay in hay net or bag.

The #1 thing is...Do Not be in a rush. If you have to arrive 2 hours early because you started 3 hours early and they jumped right in, thatís OK!!
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@mslady254 thank you, that is so helpful. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a trailer tie.

No, we're not crossing state lines, which apparently is good because I had no idea that I might need anything else besides the Coggins.

While I've had them, each of these horses has been loaded once. Moonshine hestiated for a couple of seconds then walked straight on. Pony was lightly sedated and walked straight on. However, now that I think about it, we do have sort of a horror story. The truck they were using to haul him couldn't make it up the driveway and ended up sliding back and hitting a tree, which prevented the back door from opening and letting him out. He was stuck in there for an hour before they could find someone to tow them out. And it was hot. However, we kept giving him more hay, and being a pony he was more or less OK as long as he had something to eat in front of him. It doesn't sound that bad now, and probably it wasn't too bad for him, but I was about to cry, because it took a long time to even find someone who could come and tow them out.

I have trailers that are just sitting around where we board, but I've been told that it could be dangerous to load horses into a trailer that isn't hitched up to a truck, and I don't have a truck or access to one.

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And thank you everyone else. This is all super advice.
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I have trailers that are just sitting around where we board, but I've been told that it could be dangerous to load horses into a trailer that isn't hitched up to a truck, and I don't have a truck or access to one.
I'm really, really glad you know to not do that.

I hope you get someone good to haul your horses for you and you all have a great time.
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@loosie , I was describing what I believe to be the safest option for my 2 horse straight load, and I also said "This may be slightly different depending on the way the trailer is made, ie straight load vs slant load-2 horse, 3 horse, etc.", because I did it differently when loading into a 3 horse slant, in which case I did tie him first , step away and shut the arm/divider. THere was no butt bar in that trailer. My main point, which I see I didnt make clear, was for the OP to think thru the steps to be as safe as possible. In my trailer, there's no way he can turn around to try to come out when loose before I go to the manger window and tie him. In some trailers, such as mine, there's no way TO tie them before shutting the door or putting up the butt bar unless you have a second person at the manger window to help you. He would probably back right out before I could get to the manger window to tie him, maybe not, but probably, as there'd be nothing to stop him. Absolutely have heard horror stories of horses trying to go under a butt bar, which is why I shut the door immediately after putting up the butt bar.
OP, what is the setup of the trailer? 2 horse straight load, 3 horse slant... ?? Our helpful instructions don't apply accross the board, it depends on the trailer.
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While it's not safe to load into a trailer that isn't hooked up, it can be made to be safe if you put concrete or wooden blocks under the rear of the trailer, on each corner and in the middle, and also under the front of the trailer on each side of the trailer. If done properly, the trailer won't move and can't pop up in the air on the front when the horse loads,,,,which is the problem if it's not hooked up or blocked. It needs to be on level ground.
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I have trailers that are just sitting around where we board, but I've been told that it could be dangerous to load horses into a trailer that isn't hitched up to a truck, and I don't have a truck or access to one.
Yeah can well be dangerous. Depends on their weight - I've known of trailers light enough(hire ones that I would not use) to tip up with the weight of a PERSON standing in the emergency door! I'd make certain the trailer was nice & heavy, not inclined to tip with a horse in it, and make sure it's wheels were well chocked before loading a horse without the trailer hitched.

But if you have a car with a towball, you don't need a truck for the job - you might not tow with a car, but just to secure it for training is fine.
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