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Re: [RC] [RC] Trailering - Laurie Durgin

He is "scrambling", heard if you corner to fast ,etc. some horses will"learn" to do this.Unfortunately I know a few and they say once they do this it's really hard to stop it. Both the trainers I know won't put a scrambler next to an end wall.They also sometimes take the dividers out, if only hauling one.Sometimes they lightly tranqualize them to take the edge off.
YOu might try distracting him(works with some) with a haynet and some hay while traveling.Some trainers also haul"loose", they take dividers out and don't tie and let the horse find his own balance.
Unfortuanately I have another friend who rescued a arab/saddlebred and he was locked up all but an hour a day., Became a weaver,and charged, reared, etc.Wouldn't load,(well they tranq. him to get him out during hurricanes. Ended up neurotic. He first wouldn't load, then would weave and tear the trailer down to get out. They sent him to a trainer who specialized with these horses and even used him in a clinic. Good news , he learned to load easy. But "won't stay in" without going bananas"Tried everything.She basically has to tranqualize him to take him anywhere.Now he was a hard case.
One of our ponies would paw if we stopped, now my gelding is starting to do it.I guess they 'think" they get to get off if it stops sooner.
I'd try to get him away from the wall for a while, where he can't brace.I'm sure he thinks he is falling when you go down hill and he feels trapped and panics.Best of luck Laurie and RAscal

From: "Linda" <Elite@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC]   Trailering
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 22:20:20 -0500

We are having a trailering problem with a 9 yo gelding we've owned a little over a year. Our trailer is a two horse slant load with a divider between the two horses. The problem is that when we haul him and go down even a slight incline he panics and scrambles with his feet. It is hard to explain but he is actually scraping up the front wall ( wall in-between living quarters and hauling area). I rode back with him to see exactly what he was doing and he is throwing his body against the divider (on his left) and his feet are climbing the wall on his right side. Sometimes it is so violent that his left rear leg gets scraped up bad. We have tried wrapping legs and shipping boots and it just seems to make it worse and he gets them loose enough to try to kick them off too. He doesn't always do this... I would say that he did it a little when we first got him, then quit for several months, but has been doing it for on and off for the last several months. The problem is that I can't figure out what is causing it or what might be different when he is or isn't doing it. He loads very well... doesn't seem to dislike the trailer, and stands fine when we aren't moving. The only time I've seen him do this is when we are going down hill.... even slightly. (And in east TN there is allot of hills). I have tried creeping down hills and when I hear him panic and start banging around, I stop let him get his composure and then creep again. No luck. We are considering moving him to the back slot, but am concerned that he would try his maneuver and end up on his side! Or we are considering taking him in the trailer alone with the gate latched open so he doesn't have anything to lean against. Or maybe hauling him backwards, is that a possibility? We really feel sorry for this guy, when he gets in these panic modes he is really scared! We haul this guy quite a bit... and like I said, sometimes he can go months without it happening. Has anyone ever seen something like this or have any suggestions?


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