New horse fell down in the trailer! He seems fine but I'm traumatised. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 14 Old 05-29-2016, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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New horse fell down in the trailer! He seems fine but I'm traumatised.

We were almost stationary- we think he was bracing himself to move forward, but when we stopped and he tried to adjust, he slipped on some poo.

Once we got to him he happily waited for us to get the 2nd horse out and remove the partition, then he got himself up. We walked him around and he didn't seem injured. He was happy to load back up, and when we got home, he happily trotted around the field and then rolled. So I don't think he's injured.

I may never recover, though.

Thank god the person driving is an experienced horse owner and remained perfectly calm throughout the ordeal.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-29-2016, 07:41 AM
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It happens but not usually from slipping on poo.

It sounds as if he is fine. If you intend to be around horses en a very important thing to teach yourself is to remain totally calm. You allow your heart to race and start flapping around then the animal will go into panic mode because it will sense your panic.
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-29-2016, 11:07 AM
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Make sure floor isn't slippery. i WOULD HAVE HIM CHECKED BY A Chiro. They can get misaligned from a fall.
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First, how is your trailer designed?
You mentioned partitions, which I never use, since the time I no longer haul stallions, with other horse. Some partitions, esp those that go down quite a ways prevent a horse from being able to spread his legs to balance. Some horses also lean on those partitions, so that they are not weighting their feet properly.
The fotting also matters. I have rubber trailer matts, and put shavings on top
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Depends on the rubber but sometimes shavings make it more slick.

The old trailer had textured rubber and all was good with hay, straw, or shavings. The trailer we got recently has smooth rubber. It seems more slick and I wouldn't use shaving, hay or straw in it.

I dont use dividers either.
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Sounds like he's fine and wasn't really upset by it. A good solid horse if you ask me! Not panicking and waiting until the humans make things right before moving is a sign of a level-headed, trusting horse.

Not sure how you could have avoided it if he slipped on manure. As we all know, you could bubble wrap your horse and he'd find a way to inhale the bubble wrap and suffocate himself.
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Sounds like he's fine and wasn't really upset by it. A good solid horse if you ask me! Not panicking and waiting until the humans make things right before moving is a sign of a level-headed, trusting horse.

Not sure how you could have avoided it if he slipped on manure. As we all know, you could bubble wrap your horse and he'd find a way to inhale the bubble wrap and suffocate himself.
I was thinking the same thing--what a good-natured horse!

And the second paragraph: No kidding.
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It happens but not usually from slipping on poo.

It sounds as if he is fine. If you intend to be around horses en a very important thing to teach yourself is to remain totally calm. You allow your heart to race and start flapping around then the animal will go into panic mode because it will sense your panic.
Everyone remained calm- that's why the horse was so calm. I meant I may never recover from the fear that he was hurt- not that I panicked.
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First, how is your trailer designed?
You mentioned partitions, which I never use, since the time I no longer haul stallions, with other horse. Some partitions, esp those that go down quite a ways prevent a horse from being able to spread his legs to balance. Some horses also lean on those partitions, so that they are not weighting their feet properly.
The fotting also matters. I have rubber trailer matts, and put shavings on top
It's not my trailer- we went out with someone from Pony Club. It's a pretty basic trailer with a removable partition that doesn't go to the ground- there's plenty of space to spread their legs. I'd worry that if the partition wasn't there, he may have taken the other horse down too when he fell?
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I was thinking the same thing--what a good-natured horse!

And the second paragraph: No kidding.
He really is the most calm, sensible boy!
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