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post #11 of 17 Old 12-20-2014, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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That wasn't the trailer. It was one that someone else posted for illustrative purposes.

The trailering went really well! Took us an extra hour to make the trip, but no incidents. The horse backed off all casual-like, calm as could be after 3 hours of driving up and down small mountains and through big-city traffic. I think we hit the jackpot with this horse. The only lesson we learned was that you should leave about 3 car-lengths between our truck and the car in front of us, just in case they decide to stop for no apparent reason in the middle of the road.

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post #12 of 17 Old 12-20-2014, 11:05 PM
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If you feed the horse in the trailer, he must have enough slack in the rope to drop his head and cough, in case he chokes. Better not to feed then have them choke and not be able to put the head down to cough. Better to feed him well when you get there, so he will be looking forward for another ride. Dont ride the P ss out of him when you get there.
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-21-2014, 02:58 AM
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My pony falls in the float very often but we have found ways to stop this. Defenitely put some sort of boots on your horse, some hay to keep it comfortable and tie the lead rope to balling twine so if the horse pulls back it will snap the rope. Have a safe trip :)
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-21-2014, 09:12 AM
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My pony falls in the float very often
That's not normal. Either the footing is bad/wrong, or the person driving is doing so far too aggressively.
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-21-2014, 05:46 PM
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^^I agree, it is not normal at all for a healthy, sound horse to fall in the trailer frequently unless the person driving was being too abrupt with their driving.
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-21-2014, 06:17 PM
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One thing is for sure- you will be stressed, if you're anything like me! That's okay though! Like my adopted grandfather (he's 75 and trailers his two Percheron mares all over and drives them in parades. He also had two QHs on the Wells Fargo wagon, so he knows his stuff! ;)) the horse will be fine once you get going.

For his legs, go for boots, not wraps! The wraps could come undone, and he could trip and fall out of the trailer... Not a fun experience. A light blanket; maybe a sheet? should be adequate. Just be careful he doesn't sweat. Sweat is your enemy with cold. A good nylon halter is what I've used, and I really haven't had issues.

Use a hay bag, not a net. If you have a trailer tie with a quick release end, use it. I love mine to death. Super handy when he gets a little excited about backing out. :)

As for the driving, I once heard an example such as- "You are hauling a trailer full of water, try not to spill a single drop." Nice and slow, wide turns, leave extra room for braking!

Good luck!
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-22-2014, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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I ended up not using a blanket on the advice of the former owner, and also not putting the back window cover down either. He said it would get too hot since it was a 1-horse trailer. He was right. The horse did just fine. He happily ate half the hay in the net and wasn't even sweating when we arrived, unlike our two mares who arrived sweating profusely from panic.
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