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Re: [RC] Horses in Slant Loads - Don Huston

Hello Susan & Jerry,
I do not think there are any safety issues having horses ride backwards. Every time I have hauled a horse (3-4 different horses) loose in a stock trailer they always turn around and ride backwards. I always put the most nervous horse in last on a slant load because it usually has more room and no close wall for him to scramble against. Put the problem guy in last and lock the back then turn him loose and let him chose. You might get in the trailer by yourself and have someone give you a ride to see if there is something going wrong with the trailer, also pull up the mats and check the floor with a sledge hammer. I used a stock trailer one day that had a big piece of loose rubber mat on the rear wall. It looked fine until I parked on a steep slant to hose it out and the rubber swung away from the wall. Maybe the horse box is filling up with exhaust? Seems kind of strange after 9 years, did you get a new truck and change driving habits like 75mph now instead of 55 like before or add some portable panels to the trailer that are making a lot of noise?  Good Luck,
Don Huston

At 07:40 PM 1/15/2006 Sunday, you wrote:
I've read many articles how horses like riding in trailers backwards vs facing forwards. Just wondering if anyone who has a slant load ever loads their horses backwards or not or even if it's not recommended somehow due to safety issues.
I'd like to try it with at least one of my guys who seems to be more and more nervous in my 3 HS load that he's ridden in for the past 9 years.

[RC] Horses in Slant Loads, Susan & Jerry Milam