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post #1 of 12 Old 02-20-2019, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Trailering Unhandled Rescues

Hi All.

Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to provide. Looking for some guidance on trailering two new rescue horses. I already have to mares that stand and tie nicely in my 3 horse slant load, but here is my new situation...

I recently rescued two horses that were in desperate need of help. They are both career broodmares that will not safely stand tied in the trailer. Unfortunately, I live 5 hours away, so I am not able to work with them in advance on this to get them halter broke and standing tied in preparation for their trailer ride.

One (Mare A) is somewhat halter broke but does not stand tied currently, and the other (Mare B) was halter broke at some point but has not been touched in over two years and can't be caught. I need to get them home so I can start working with them and handling them, but they are a 5-6 hour trailer ride away. Mare A stands quietly for the ride untied, Mare B does not seem to. I have been trying my best to borrow a stock trailer and have them each in a box stall for the ride, but am having absolutely no luck doing so. So my question, is there any safe way to bring them both here in the slant load? I can remove the slants so that is an option. I could leave them both lose in the back but not sure if that is a good idea, especially for a 5-6 hour ride.

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-20-2019, 02:02 PM
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Take the dividers out. Run them in loose and they'll be fine. Back your rig right into their pen to unload.
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-20-2019, 02:10 PM
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Tie back your dividers or remove them. Put them in loose and let them sort it out on the ride home. They'll learn to stand.
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-21-2019, 05:26 PM
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Once you're moving, horses tend to settle down and concentrate on staying upright. Load and go. Don't stop unless you have to.
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-21-2019, 05:41 PM
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run them in , they will stand back wards usually and go. As other said they will usually sort themselves out. If you have to stop for stop signs or traffic lights, really slow down and kind of creep , if it is kept rolling they seem to not fuss.
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-21-2019, 07:31 PM
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If you can get them in the slant, i would try that first. It may be difficult to run both horses in at the same time, without one getting out or refusing to enter. I do not tie my horses in the slant, except for the pony because for some reason he thinks he can try to turn around.

If that fails, i would definitely put them in loose.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-22-2019, 12:06 PM
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A lot depends on how they are to handle other than trailering and also how well they get on with each other
If you're confident that they aren't going to start kicking each other when in such close proximity then trailer them loose in the one large area.
If you aren't confident about the above then use the partition to create two spaces and drive the most sensible one in first and then get the other in the same way.
Make sure the horses have no unbarred window or top door opening in the trailer that they can try to exit through.

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-22-2019, 12:29 PM
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DO NOT put unhandled horses in a trailer with dividers. They will try to turn around or climb over or under and then you're in a big mess. Having seen a seasoned traveler of a horse in a slant load crane his head around to see something, get caught and unable to turn back, then panic and take the trailer apart before breaking his neck, I will NEVER recommend using dividers on a horse that isn't tied short enough to keep his head where it should be. This gelding was a seasoned rope horse, hauled thousands of miles a year, just this one time, he wanted to see something and turned his head, then couldn't turn it back because of the divider.

They'll get on the trailer fine, especially if you can back the trailer up to a gate and 'run them on' together from behind rather than trying to lead. Once one goes on, the other will hop in. Have someone standing at the gate of the trailer to close and secure it before the horses know what's going on, then get in the truck and go.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-22-2019, 12:49 PM
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Agree 100% and then some with the comments to put them in loose and then take them home with no dividers, no halters, ropes etc.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-02-2019, 05:59 PM
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You said they were in desperate need of help, but not their physical condition. Are they physically able to ride 5 or 6 hours?
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