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post #1 of 18 Old 11-28-2008, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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stock or horse trailer for my ranch horse ?

hi - I'm new to the forum and appreciate any advice on this question.
I just bought a great all round ranch horse, and am looking for a trailer. But which kind ? The horse has been a hard working roper the last 6 of his 10 years, and has only ever travelled in a stock trailer (he didn't know what a carrot was when I got him).
I wonder if he's actually going to be more comfortable travelling in a stock type trailer or adapting to a small/confined/enclosed 2 horse trailer ?
I intend to do quite a lot of travelling - 500 mile type trips.

All thoughts/insights appreciated.
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-28-2008, 02:34 PM
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welcome to the forum!!!! i would stay away from stock horse trailers!!! debresis is constantly hitting them. the wind is keeping them cool but when you stop you should have fans on him to help his body temp adjust; from the cool temp od the 70mph ride to a dead stop( gets a bit hot) then slowly trun the fans off. to aviod all this i would purchase a 2horse trailer!. he will get over it i promise you....some ppl however, live and die by a stock trailer...personally there is too much that happen to a horse in one of thoes.....i hope this helped.

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Our horses love our 2 horse stock trailer w/removeable divider...much less claustrophobic for them.

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post #4 of 18 Old 11-28-2008, 02:54 PM
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Welcome to the forum Tip!

What I've done to the two horse stock trailer I have is to put plywood 3/4s of the way up in the winter to give them protection from the cold wind of highway driving. I remove it for the spring, summer, and fall. With the plywood in place, I can safely put a blanket on them without worrying about the wind blowing it off.

I've been using one for 20+ years. The trick I find is that when I'm finished riding, I make sure they are completely dry before taking off back to the farm.

I have less trouble loading a new horse in a stock trailer then an enclosed one due to the fact that most horses are claustrophobic.

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post #5 of 18 Old 11-28-2008, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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thanks all

Great - thanks for the help
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-29-2008, 12:19 PM
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It really depends what you prefer. You will find way better deals if you look for a stock trailer but they are also less comfortable for the horses. Are you planning to also move livestock at any point? There is nothing wrong with going with a stock trailer.
Horse trailers on the other hand, offer a bit more support with dividers if needed as well as padding. Most are also insulated and have vents and special windows which you can open or close again making it more handy for winter vs summer trailering.

The size of the horses you are planning to trailer will also affect what kind of trailer you get. Because of my mare, I would never be able to use a stock trailer as she wouldn't fit.

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post #7 of 18 Old 11-29-2008, 03:33 PM
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There are also stock combo trailers. I looked at one recently that had a solid front door/wall on a slant. In front of that was a tack room with 2 removable saddle racks. The door can be latched back to make a longer stock inclosure. In the horse end is also a slant divider to make it a 2 horse slant. The versitality appealed to me.

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If you are going to be traveling 500 miles in one trip and doing many of them, I would look at a nicer horse trailer---better suspension, more padding, nice matted floors, etc.

I have a 4 horse stock trailer (about 16 feet long) and really like it BUT the longest I have ever trailered a horse was just over 1 hour away. Most of our trips are 5-10 miles each way. If though I was going to be going on long trips, I think a horse trailer would be more comfortable for the horse.

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post #9 of 18 Old 11-29-2008, 06:33 PM
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i have 3 trailers my self, 4 horse stock, 2 horse bumper pull (yeah it getting fix as a birthday present) and a 1 horse,i'm using my 4 horse to teach my 3 year old to load in to right now, but much prefer to use my 2 horse that is padded, bigger tack compartment, for trips....although my husband will be upgradding on our stock in the spring where as it will be fully coverd (not half) and have a few extrea thing's added on......we plan to do some camping in the spring andhaving a 4 with only 2 ohrses is great, at night we can stall them in the stock and not worry,

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post #10 of 18 Old 11-30-2008, 09:52 PM
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Iride, how do you attach plywood? I was looking for some ways to cover the sides in winter, but no success so far...

I have 2-horse stock and my qh prefers to face rear and look on cars behind (she wasn't very happy in slant and 2-horse straight). I agree it's too windy in winter, however I found it to be MUCH more cool and pleasant in summer (without any fan when we get back from ride it's pretty cool inside).
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