Connor's been riding in our farm's completely amazing 6 horse head-to-head KiefferBuilt trailer for what, almost four years now? No issues. He's a champion hauler.
|Usually we don't pack up in the road, but a fallen tree was blocking the other side of the circle drive on Sunday.|
He always faces backward, since the front stalls are pretty small when configured as a 6 horse (it can also be configured as a generous 4 horse), usually we put the bigger guys in the rear facing forward.
|Connor's "luxury suite" in the generous 4 horse configuration for the 5 hour Fox River Valley trip last year.|
This is an old pic, but see the stall in the below picture? That's what he looked like when we left the farm on Sunday. When we arrived at Twin Towers after a nearly 3 hour trip, Connor was standing about 2 feet into the center area of the trailer, out of his stall, tethered only by a quick-release trailer tie to the outside wall.
As close as we can figure, my Curious George of a Welsh Cob learned how to pull out the ring pin that holds the chest bar in place (visible in the picture above), and freed himself. Luckily he did not walk forward and also divest himself of the quick release trailer tie and go wandering the trailer, but even still, how did he balance without a chest bar going up and down the steep hills of Ohio? Mysterious.
So he has been relegated, probably forever, to the middle rear-facing stall, because that stall's chest bars attach with giant carabiners, which he hasn't figured out how to open - yet.
My initial reaction to seeing him free was to laugh (this makes me a good candidate for Welsh Cob ownership) but my secondary reaction was "OH MY GOD so many things could have ended horribly in this situation!" Thankfully, the worst he did was untie his hay net which ended up under the shoe of the guy next to him, which got stuck and had to be pulled out. Which I realize is still not good, but everyone ended up fine.