Today my friend and her Dad came to pick Darcy and I up in their float to go on a trail ride. I let Darcy check out the float and asked him in, and he loaded without a problem. We left and as we were driving out of the estate down the hill Darcy started scrambling badly and my friends Dad stopped the car and I jumped out to open the door of the float.
Darcy had slipped and was sitting like a dog in the float. Luckily Darcy was really calm and my friend and her dad ran in. Darcy was still slipping and we had to quickly remove all of the dividers so that he didn't get his head caught.
After all of the dividers were out Darcy was laying on the floor, but we were able to pull Darcy's front leg out from underneath him so that he could stand up.
After a few seconds he stood up and stood there very calmly. I backed him out and walked him around and he was ok (except for a poopy bum).
After that I walked him home and loaded him in and out of out float to make sure he was ok with the float. When I let him go into his paddock he went and rolled straight away, and could get up and down without a problem.
My question is about why he went down. We think his back legs slipped out from underneath him and that is how he came to be sitting, but I don't know why he lost his balance. He has never done anything like this before and my friends Dad knows how to tow a float and was going very slow. I find it very strange as well because Darcy goes up and down that hill in our float nearly every weekend. Darcy has also been in lots of different floats with and without electric brakes and with different floors and dividers without a problem. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I also just want to add that I am very great full to QS. If we hadn't have been part of QS, I would have most likely tied Darcy's leadrope up in the float (which could have been devastating) and Darcy would most likely not have been as calm as he was.
Edited by lunamorrow, 05 August 2017 - 03:10 AM.