So I’ve searched all over but can’t find an answer for this specific issue!
I have a 2H Exiss straight load with a ramp, and have been practicing loading with my gelding since we have to trailer out to the farrier. Every time he backs out, he does fine until he gets to the very bottom and then either catches a front toe on the edge of the ramp (where the mat ends) or slips with the foot there.
He is shod, and the mat itself isn’t particularly slippery, but this happens on the 2-3” of metal at bottom of the ramp, not the mat. He has slipped to his knees once and banged one kneecap pretty good.
I just want to create the best experience for him since this is a sticking point for us - and also don’t want him slipping! It seems like sometimes he is too busy trying to turn around and forgets his feet (this horse is very much a clutz so that’s not unusual), but other times he’s just landing on the metal with a toe and slipping off.
Can I spray something on it? Would a coco mat maybe work? How do I keep that from slipping off as he comes off the trailer backwards? Do I figure out how to safely let him turn around (with the divider swung over he can, but I have to figure out how to not get crushed). This horse does not self load, we are getting there, but we have some trailering trauma in our past so other things are being addressed first.