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post #41 of 47 Old 02-21-2019, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by beau159 View Post
For safety reasons, never tie the horse in the trailer until the back door is securly closed. (tie them after the door is shut) On that same token, never open the back door until the horse is untied. I have seen wrecks where a person did not do that, the horse tried to quickly back off, got a leg off the back while still tied up. Not pretty.
You're the second person to say this. As you may have read, I feel the opposite, and can tell you of some wrecks because of it too. Just because I'm curious, I'm going to start a thread on that, see what the general consensus is...

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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.

If you have properly taken the correct training steps with your horse, this should not happen. Your horse should stand and wait on you for the next command.

Again, we will agree to disagree but I do not find it safe to tie your horse before you close the back door for reasons stated above.

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Change pretty well said what I was thinking. Since you mentioned having to borrow a trailer from the barn, go over it with a fine toothed comb. If it has the wooden floor, look up under it and check the bottom of the floor boards for discoloration, which may indicate rot, which a 1000# horse could fall through. Same thing if it's a metal floor, check for rust areas, again indicating rot of the metal.

Yeah, it's kinda hard to pull a 3 or 4 thousand pound trailer with a Honda, let alone loaded with a couple thousand pounds of horses.
I looked at the website for the ranch ya'll want to visit, looks fantastic. I say go, have fun, and enjoy the family time

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Your trip sounds like a lot of fun. Go for it.

My one trailer tip is that when you first load your horses, give yourself two or three hours. Seriously. If you don't need it, no loss, but if you take the time the first time it will take less time for the rest of the horse's life.

You'll be using a two-horse straight load, which is what I prefer, and it means you will want the horse to step up and back out. The mistake people tend to make is to think the goal is to get the horse in the trailer and get the door shut. Wrong. The goal is to get the horse to be relaxed and comfortable and bored in the trailer, and with getting in and out. So you get the horse up to the trailer, let him sniff, back away. Come up again and let him put a foot in and back away. Then two feet, then three, then four, backing away each time. That way the horse has lots of practice backing out before he has to do it all at once. You know you're ready when you can load the horse and he is willing to stand there and give you a look that says, "can't I please just stand here and not have to unload again?"

Then you can do your ties, or not ties, and butt bars and doors in whatever order you want because your horse is asleep in the trailer and he just doesn't care. And when you're ready to go the next time, he'll load right up for you.
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So. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me advice here. A follow up.

We just trailered them for the first time today (just a short 20-minute drive as we were moving them from their old place to their new place) and they all overall did very well. Teddy did rear up when asked to load (he was going to be the first one we loaded) but that also might be because the guy who was driving was still banging on things to get the trailer completely hooked up. So we loaded Moonshine first -- my daughter just walked her right on with no hesitation. Then Teddy, who now that Moonshine was on went on just fine. Then Pony. He was the wildcard, the one who had been sedated the only other time I knew he was trailered, when we brought him to our barn a year ago. We were prepared for anything. But he just walked right on! I was so happy with him! And it was a big step-up trailer too, and he's a pony. They did fine on the drive and, aside for Pony stumbling a little on the way out, they all unloaded with no problem. Once they all got out, Teddy was a little "up." Pony was excited to be in a new place -- I mean, he actually really seemed to be enjoying it! Moonshine of course treats everything with her "BTDT" shrug.
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I can't believe you Aussies never seen the movie "City Slickers". That is an extreme version of a dude ranch.

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^I saw City Slickers... in a past life, can't remember much of it, couldn't remember what they called the place...

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