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[RC] Trailering - heidi sowards

I have a friend with an older mare who scrambles around
every corner in a straight load. She will ride in a slant,
no dividers just fine though. Needs to really spread out!
Another friend has a mare that panics and they found if she
rides backwards in a slant she's wonderful. My gelding
scrambled on the way to a ride on any left turns and
actually fell down. It was a straight load with a divider,
he's been in an open 2 horse and did fine and has been in
my trainer's slant and did fine even with the dividers.
(She owns the mare who rides backwards.) So we're gonna try
a slant and drop dividers and see how he wants to ride as a
trial. good luck!


--- Laurie Durgin <ladurgin@xxxxxxx> wrote:
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 
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
basically has to tranqualize him to take him anywhere.Now
he was a hard 
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
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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Re: [RC] [RC] Trailering, Laurie Durgin