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post #11 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 05:01 PM
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I bought an open stock four-horse bumper pull trailer brand new in 1987. It is 6'6" in height.

The front has a removeable divider, the back is completely open for two horses to stand side-by-side

Besides hauling all over OH and PA trail riding, when I moved, I hauled three of my horses from PA to SoCal in that trailer. Five years later, I hauled those same three horses to Tennessee.

I still have that trailer and those three horses who went to many trail rides, parades, and cross-country twice. Nobody ever got so much as a nick of the skin riding that trailer.

While nobody has ever said anything, I have received some condescending-down-their-noses-looks for carrying my horses in such a low-life/no class trailer but, guess what? It still doesn't have any serious rust on it, the frame is solid and best of all it's been paid off since 1990

Sounds like you're dealing with the same no-class type of folks; I guess some things in the horse world never change

Further to Cherie's comment, back in the 60's my ex-SIL's uncle loaded one of his young QH's in the bed of his truck and hauled it from OK to OH as a 14th B-day surprise for her. Horse had never been anywhere, he put the racks on the truck, said "get up in there" and away they went. That's how my grandad also used to haul horses and nobody got hurt. BUT there was a lot less traffic back then, even going state-to-state; I wouldn't do that in today's whacko world.
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post #12 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 05:09 PM
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As long as the stock trailer is tall enough for your horse's height, and it is wide enough for your horse to turn around (as most will ride backwards, unless you tie them), and it is safe with no rusting metal, it is just as good, if not better than a slant load (because it gives the horses more room).

Sounds like you have one of "those" snobby horse owners on your hands that know everythiing better than everyone else.
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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As we were leaving the trails today I asked her why it was so dangerous, acting like I was worried just to see what she would say!

She said my horses probably caught a chill in there with all the wind blowing on them (since it has no solid walls) and they could get a cold and die. She also said they probably bang their little legs on the divider, anddddddd asked how in the heavens can I let them eat hay while we are hauling.

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post #14 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 05:21 PM
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I get looks bc I PREFER a steel (4-horse, gooseneck, slant-load) trailer to an aluminum. EVERY time I see an accident where a tiny car rear-ends someone I think about how my horse in the back has a chance, but might not in an aluminum bc it could look like an accordian.
I replaced a stock trailer, but I'd have another stock trailer in the future, if it fit my needs.
I never thought about it, but by leading my horses through a 32 in wide, 6 ft tall door (to my old feed room) when I rented space and did lessons, I prepared them for the 1/2 wide opening in my newer trailer. Horses hate dark places and small openings, and too many fancy new trailers are dark with small openings. Stock trailers have a wide door and light pours into them. I also like a step up bc it won't move around when they load/unload like I have witnessed a ramp do.
As long as your floor isn't rotted out, and you don't have dangerous rusted places in your trailer, it is just fine for trailering. Ignore the critics. =D
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post #15 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 05:25 PM
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BB, you need to shorten that chain she keeps pulling. If more people would take a ride in their trailer in various weather they'd have a better idea of what the animals deal with instead of just talking about it. I've been told those aluminum Exiss are quite noisy inside, unpleasantly so for our hearing, imagine what it's like for the horse.
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post #16 of 21 Old 10-26-2012, 10:49 PM
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Good gravy, why can't people who don't know anything keep their big mouths shut? All the ranchers around here haul their fully saddled horses side by side in stock trailers. These guys are hauling up into the high country this time of year to round up the cattle and bring them down before the snow starts. They need those horses for work, if there was a chance of them getting sick from hauling that way it would not be cost effective to do it.

My mare was broke on a ranch in Utah before I bought her as a 4year old, and hauled all over in stock trailers. She loves a good stock trailer, likes a slant load, and is more hesitant about loading into a straight load, which, unfortunately I have, but we don't haul all that often in it. She will load into all three but I can easily tell which she prefers. Horses love room and good airflow and stock trailers have both. As others have said, just make sure it is tall enough, and go tell that ignoramous to go scratch.
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My trailer back home is an older Bison stock trailer. We put our own divider in it and have never had any problems. Shoot, that lady should see what ppl here in Hawaii haul in. Makes my stomach turn. They just recently made it a law to have some sort of roof on horse trailers. Most just have a few pipes across the top and don't have solid walls of any type. Not to mention open fronts. Scary seeing ppl on the freeway with their horses heads hanging out of the front of the trailer. They haven't had any horses jump out. But they have had trailers over turn on the freeway. Thats why they made the law about some sort of roofing.
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As we were leaving the trails today I asked her why it was so dangerous, acting like I was worried just to see what she would say!

She said my horses probably caught a chill in there with all the wind blowing on them (since it has no solid walls) and they could get a cold and die. She also said they probably bang their little legs on the divider, anddddddd asked how in the heavens can I let them eat hay while we are hauling.

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Yep, the gal that doesn't like your trailer needs some serious hands on life lessons
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As we were leaving the trails today I asked her why it was so dangerous, acting like I was worried just to see what she would say!

She said my horses probably caught a chill in there with all the wind blowing on them (since it has no solid walls) and they could get a cold and die. She also said they probably bang their little legs on the divider, anddddddd asked how in the heavens can I let them eat hay while we are hauling.

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Oh geez....Some people forget that horses are livestock and live outside rather than lap dogs.
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post #20 of 21 Old 10-27-2012, 11:55 AM
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I LOVE our stock trailer....when we have short hauls to races that aren't over night and we don't have to stay over night, we take our stock trailer. We don't have any problems with it or it's height, yes it is shorter then our huge LQ but that isn't a problem. The only one that I occasionally worry about is our big running mare but she knows where the roof is and never as problem with it.

I don't like hauling our big, huge, heavy LQ around when we don't have to because it cuts our gas mileage by A LOT. Where the Stock Trailer is light and you can take more horses if I wanted and doesn't cause the truck to drink so much lol.

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