Danger in the trailer

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

After read­ing “Butt-Bar Hazard” (Hands On, EQUUS 489), I wanted to share our butt-bar hor­ror story. We had just re­turned from a show with our two-horse trailer, and we had un­loaded one horse and were just in the pro­cess­ing of re­leas­ing the other when some­one let off a gun­shot nearby. The horse pan­icked and came out un­der the butt bar.

He skinned all of the hair off his spine all the way up to his withers. I thought he had bro­ken his back. Thank God he hadn’t, but it took months to heal. For­tu­nately, he did re­cover com­pletely.

Your sug­ges­tion to at­tach a chain to pre­vent ac­ci­dents like this is a good idea. Thank you for pub­lish­ing this very im­por­tant re­minder of how some­thing that is sup­posed to be help­ful can also be dan­ger­ous. Rae Cooke Oceana, West Vir­ginia

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