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    Default Safe trailer mat for pawing horse?

    Sigh. Miss Mare, who's never been terribly happy about riding in the trailer, has started pawing whenever we stop at a light or something. I have a nice Rumber floor in the trailer and don't want her to paw right through it!

    Is it possible to put a small, heavy mat just under her front feet so she can paw that instead? I have shoulder problems and cannot lift the regular size heavy mats.

    (BTW, yes I do know some of the tricks to stop a pawing horse, but this one is quite, um, persistent.)
    Last edited by quietann; May. 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM.
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    Should work fine--maybe a short test drive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltawave View Post
    Should work fine--maybe a short test drive?
    Mostly just trying to be sure I'm not ignoring some safety issue by having a small mat in the trailer... If there is one thing the last few years around horses have taught me, it's that almost *anything* can be a safety issue.
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    I would absolutely bolt down a small mat all the way through the floor with those flat round headed bolts and nuts ( "carriage bolts" ) ?... Otherwise she will paw it and flip it up under her feet and then you'll have a big wreck.
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    OK, you didn't want a pawing solution but I have one to suggest anyway. One of our geldings was destroying the trailer walls. We had it repaired and matting added several times. I purchased two kicking chains from Schneiders:

    http://www.sstack.com/product/dura-t...ff-with-chain/

    I put the chains above his knees and the problem was fixed. Instantly. He only paws on the ride home, so he gets them put on before we load. We are very careful, considerate, experienced drivers. Sometimes horses just do annoying stuff. I did have to rig up a soft rope to tie over his back and attached to both cuffs. It keeps the chains from sliding down as we don't want them to be at all tight on his legs.



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    My horse paws in the trailer, so I got softrides for him to wear. Better for his feet, now they don't get sore from pawing. But I guess the trailer floor benefits too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToTheNines View Post
    My horse paws in the trailer, so I got softrides for him to wear. Better for his feet, now they don't get sore from pawing. But I guess the trailer floor benefits too.
    That's a good idea, too. Can you put them on over shoes?
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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