Horse got under trailer divider TWICE!
I've owned my Hawk 2-horse straight load trailer for 7.5 years. I trailer my 15.1-ish mare several times a month - almost always by herself. I tend to drive like an old lady when trailering too - at or below the speed limit, plan for stops, etc.
About six months after I purchased my trailer in 2005, I was trailering my horse about 20 minutes between barns to a lesson. Loaded my mare as usual on the drivers side and headed out. There was nothing unusual about the ride back. My window was open and the radio was turned off. When I got back to my barn, I found my horse standing up on the passengers side of the trailer. :confused: I felt NOTHING. The trailer tie was broken and my mare had a couple of superficial scrapes, but otherwise was calm and moving soundly. The next day, I wanted to see how she'd load and she walked into the trailer like a pro - not the least bit nervous.
We haven't had any usual trailering incidents since then. My mare and I are now trailering veterans. Well, that is until we fast forward to this past weekend...
We were returning from a lesson about an hour away. The trip includes about 10 miles of country roads followed by highway driving. I got back to the barn and there was my mare standing in the passengers side of the trailer. :confused: The only thing I could find was one superficial scratch above her left eye. She unloaded calmly and appears to be sound. I had some Bute handy, so decided to give her a few days off with Bute just in case. She is now 15 years-old and less limber than she was when this happened as a 7 y/o.
So... am I only freak with a contortionist horse? My Hawk trailer is extra wide at 80" which could be part of the problem or a benefit. Still, I'm completely baffled as to how she manages to get down and up the other side of the divider. I'm not even sure if she fell or if she deliberately is trying to lay down. Any suggestions on what I can possibly do to prevent this. I'm a very cautious driver already.