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    09-29-2009, 09:36 PM
Exclamation 6-horse trailer. . . 7 horses?!?!?!

My friend's family has a 6-horse trailer (hence the title). They are planning on taking 6 horses, plus my gelding, to Nebraska National Forest for a trail ride, which is about 5 hours.
Is this safe? The horses will be squished, but "oh it's 5 hours out of their whole lives" according to my friend's dad. Is there a maximum weight limit for trailers? Anyone have any imput on this? I'm not sure I still want to go along.
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    09-30-2009, 12:46 AM
Well, it kinda depends on how the trailer is set up. Is it a slant load or more of a stock type trailer? I think (not sure) that most trailers do have a recommended weight limit that can be safely maintained on 4 tires; anything above that needs to have 6 tires. I am not sure that I would be comfortable with stuffing an extra horse into a slant or straight load type trailer that is specifically designed for only 6 horses. However in a stock type trailer, for me, it would really depend on how big the other horses are, how comfortable they are with being a bit squished, and whether we could stop mid-way to get them out and give them a while to walk around, and what kind of condition the trailer and tires are in. Basically, I am not sure that I would want to risk it. It wouldn't take much for a horse to get down in the trailer and things to go very bad from there where they get trampled and kicked with no room to get away.
    09-30-2009, 11:02 AM

One of my trailers is a "stock" type trailer and it is designed to haul 3 large horses but I have been known to haul an extra if the horses I am hauling are smaller like our babies and the moms . I don't think that if its a slant load you should try to cram two horses in one slant. There is a weight limit and I would just be a lil overly cautious and if I did put my horse in with the others make sure his/her legs are wrapped well. Also horses need to stop and rest every 3-4 hrs so I would make sure that your horse is ok for the 5 hr trip. I agree with Smrobs it can turn bad FAST
    09-30-2009, 10:52 PM
5 hour trips in a trailer is a big deal for a horse. Me personally - I wouldn't put my horse on that trip.
    09-30-2009, 11:07 PM
Green Broke
Sorry but I think that's a REALLY bad idea. Stock trailer or not. I wouldn't... ever.
    10-01-2009, 05:10 AM
I tend to agree..it is made for 6 horses..so it should really only carry 6. And 5 hours is a pretty long trip..I don't know about that
    10-01-2009, 06:47 PM
Thank you guys for all the feedback! It is a stock type trailer without any slant divider thingys. I'm still deciding. :(
    10-01-2009, 10:28 PM
Definately not. Unless the other horses are VERY small. And no dividers?? I wouldnt put more than 1 horse in a trailer if they can't be seperated from the other horses unless they know each other and get along VERY well. What happens if they get in a fight?

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