ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Backing Out of Horse Trailer

Re: Backing Out of Horse Trailer

Sat, 8 Feb 1997 21:58:51 -0500 (EST)

I had a bad experience with my new trailer and my horse
backing out. My old trailer had an inside door that allowed
me to open the back door and not worry about my horse
stepping out. My new trailer has only one door.

Loading Catfish, my horse, into my new trailer was fine, but
the problem occurred when I went to unload. I opened the back
door forgetting that Catfish had not been trained to stand until
I cued him to walk back. He saw the door behind him open out
and started stepping back. His lead was tied, but the slack was
enough to allow him to get into his step down before it went
tight. I could see this as it was happening, but I was out of position
to do anything to stop it. I sucked in my breath and watched.

God was on this fool’s side that day. The lead went tight and then
broke allowing Catfish to finish his step down. I was there before
he before his other back leg touched the ground. We walked on
out and I lead him out into the field. We walked around for several
minutes while I recovered from the scare.


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