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post #11 of 30 Old 03-26-2015, 08:26 PM
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Yup if forward is an option that is where the horse will go even if it only *thinks* it's an option. Dangerous for both of you.

I just noticed the tag was "abusive past" and was curious. I would not worry about her past. You know her one big issue- trailering and as I said I would approach it as "this is how we trailer" as opposed to "we need to fix this". From the sounds of it I'm guessing it's really not that big an issue just requires patience and if you needed to you could load her without too much hassle though I am glad you want to take the time to make it a non issue.
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post #12 of 30 Old 03-26-2015, 09:18 PM
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Get the vet to give you a small drug cocktail.....give it to her at least 20 minutes before you START to load. Then put ALL the other stuff out of your mind. She WILL go in the trailer. You be confident, and she will be confident. If you can "send" her, and she is trained to that, then that is how to load her. I usually just walk in, and they follow. I think the stock trailer is a good idea, then you can tie her, and walk out the back.
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Yup if forward is an option that is where the horse will go even if it only *thinks* it's an option. Dangerous for both of you.

I just noticed the tag was "abusive past" and was curious. I would not worry about her past. You know her one big issue- trailering and as I said I would approach it as "this is how we trailer" as opposed to "we need to fix this". From the sounds of it I'm guessing it's really not that big an issue just requires patience and if you needed to you could load her without too much hassle though I am glad you want to take the time to make it a non issue.
I tagged the abusive past part just because of the aggression and trust issues it made me think there was a possibility of abuse but I cant be sure of it.
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I'm not a fan of tranquing unless there's no other option. It wouldn't be my go-to solution from the get-go as you're just putting a band-aid on the problem vs trying to healing the wound. Short term gain, no long term gain however.
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I'm not a fan of tranquing unless there's no other option. It wouldn't be my go-to solution from the get-go as you're just putting a band-aid on the problem vs trying to healing the wound. Short term gain, no long term gain however.
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I will not dose her, theres just no reason to as far as I'm concerned and I don't believe in it. I could maybe see doing that if I had no choice but I do so I wont. I'd walk her the 20+ miles to my house before I would drug her,lol.
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I'd walk her the 20+ miles to my house before I would drug her,lol.
Not sure I'd go that far as walking a horse on busy roads can open other cans of worms, but If it was my horse in the same situation I'd block out a weekend to work with her towards a successful loading and transit. It doesn't sound like you're in any sort of time or schedule crunch, so be patient to start.

It's not uncommon that when all other options are exhausted and the horse MUST be moved that a tranq comes into play for some people. I've only ever moved one horse where I thought we may have to resort to it (and the owner had the syringe drawn up and ready before I even got there) but we got her loaded after a few hours of patient persistence..and then she traveled like a champ, even being all alone in the trailer.

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I'm stunned by the suggestion to drug a horse over something that you can train him to do. If you drug the horse to load, what are you going to do hours later when you reload? Drug him again?? And how will the horse perform at the show?

I suppose drugging to load would be useful for an emergency evacuation if a hurricane was bearing down or an emergency trip to the vet for a horse you can't load. Even for the later, a farm call is a better solution.
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I'm not stunned by the suggestion of tranquilizing a horse. Depending on the situation, I could imagine trying that. But would caution that it may not work.

If it can stand well enough to support and balance itself, it may have enough of his/her wits about it to object.

I've seen people try this for other situations. Not always an easy fix.
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I'm not stunned either, especially when moving a new horse home for the first time. It's not going to fix the problem, but depending on whether or not OP is able to spend much time with the horse before then, it's not a shocking idea.

I definitely agree with trying without any sedatives first and going in with a patient mindset and no deadlines.

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post #20 of 30 Old 03-27-2015, 08:40 AM
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Agree Woodhaven but stock trailers are roomy enough the OP should be able to get out safely imo. I would be more concerned about her trying to bolt through a human door in front of her.

JW was this mare actually abused?
Yogiwick, good points but if the op ties the horse in a stock trailer and starts to walk out the back and the horse suddenly tries to pull back, they can throw themselves around quite a bit and smash into the person and I think this is a horse that could panic because of her previous accident.
As to the escape door, a horse could try to get out it as well, when I go in with a horse in a trailer with an escape door, I like to have the door unlached but still closed, then I tie the horse and I know if something happens, I can just push the door and step out. If the horse is tied she can't follow me (hopefully). In over 55 yrs of trailering, I have never had a horse attempt to exit through the escape door (partly because the door is never open as the horse goes into the trailer) but I know it is a possibility, but in this case I would like to see the op as safe as possible so this is why I suggest an escape door.

It's too bad that the op does not have a trailer so they can take their time and do some trailer exposure at a slower pace.

I should add here that I have seen horses that have been in trailering accidents, that load very well into a trailer after. For some reason they don't associate loading with the accident, but they might get nervous after or, and I hope this is the case, have no problems
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