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post #1 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hauling in a stock trailer?

I have a gooseneck stock trailer with a center divider in it to haul my horses. It's just a typical stock trailer with a rubber floor, open metal bars and... That's about it. I don't have a side door. It's a completely open stock trailer.

I was hauling my horses to ride today and someone at the trails where we ride says "Um... Do you always haul your horses in that?" I said yes, I do. And she says, "Wow. You should look into something different. You are asking for problems."

Of course, she has a 4 horse exxus.

I'm sort of concerned now about hauling them in a stock trailer. I've never heard its bad. Are there any precautions I should be taking?
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 10:35 AM
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Is it a typical stock trailer, or a typical horse stock trailer? Livestock stock trailers are different than the ones they make to haul horses.

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post #3 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 10:37 AM
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Her horses are no safer than yours. The only precautions we can take is to be extremely observant of drivers around us. Something our fire department/rescue requested is that the horses have some type of identification in the event of an accident and horse/s take off. While on the subject, have spare halters and leads secured to the trailer for easy access, in case, even a long rope.
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post #4 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 10:41 AM
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I haul in a live stock trailer, is it ideal NO, is it all I have for now, YES. I would love an upgrade, and have been promised one a few times now, and then things go wrong, but it does the job.

Mine is tall though, and has a front 'grooms door' so maybe it started life as a horse trailer.
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 10:44 AM
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pftttt...out here most people haul their horses in livestock trailers.

the only 2 things I could see being a problem, is if you have one of the old shorty stock trailers..now a days most stock trailers are made with more horse friendly-ness in mind (hieght wise).
or if you are hauling a few horses that don't get along..thats where dividers come in handy..

other than that I wouldnt listen to the snobby lady with the exiss..
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 11:35 AM
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How tall is the stock trailer inside? Some of the cattle trailers are really short.
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post #7 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 11:45 AM
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That was a pretty sh!tty thing for her to say. We sold our horse trailer with dividers to go back to hauling with a stock trailer(it too has a center cut gate).
Ours is short, its a 6'6" but 7' wide. One of our horses is about 16H and he doesn't hit his head. I explained this another thread, but turning a horse around and leading out seems to work the best for stock trailers that have alower ceiling height. I have noticed horses that are a little worried about backing out of a trailer usually hold their head up higher increasing the chance of them hitting their head.
Personally I don't see how hauling in a horse trailer is any safer than a stock trailer.
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 12:04 PM
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I also haul in a stock trailer and I find that horses often prefer a big, open stock trailer over a slant or straight load. :) So you can go tell that lady to shove............ her horses in her big fancy trailer. lol. Just don't be rude like her. haha.
Also, I do have a side door but I hardly ever use it.
As long as it's not one of the short trailers, like the others have said, it's absolutely fine.
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post #9 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 12:09 PM
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I have an Adam that's classified as a stock, but it's not what I consider one. It has a center post that goes up the back of the trailer, so it's not completely open in the back like a real stock.

One of these days I'm going to buy a modified stock, because I like them so much better than regular straight/slant loads.

The one thing I do like about my Adam is that it has a front escape door. Nifty!

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post #10 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 01:29 PM
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I own 3 stock trailers. A 16 foot by 7 that I tie 7 horses to the left side of; A 20 foot WW that hauls 8 the same way and a 28 foot cattle trailer that I haul 10 head in, all tied to the left side without dividers.

I also have a 6 horse Sooner Aluminum horse trailer with slant dividers, drop down windows and a large dressing room. It is for sale because I never use it since I no longer show.

Call her a snob and ask her to mind her own business. Ours all have full tops, but unless you are hauling wild horses like mustangs (they do not allow you to pick them up if a trailer does not have a top) I see no problem.

I can still remember 'way back when' I still had a stock rack for my 3/4 ton PU and used to jump two horses in it and haul them everywhere. This was in rugged mountains on dirt logging and Forest Service roads. Got stuck more than once and had to unload them to get the PU out of the mess, jump them back in and go on.

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