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post #11 of 18 Old 11-30-2008, 10:42 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).
If you actually take your trailer to a dealer, they will either sell you some or have someone there to make you some. I know a friend of mine uses a stock trailer and she had some put in thru her local dealer.
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-01-2008, 12:21 AM
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Me I love my stock trailer!
I'm in N. Fl. So it's never too cold here, instead I need a trailer with good air circulation, so I have a 16' white Bee (K&K) stock that's 7' high with a cut gate so I can completeluy divide the trailer in half or tie up 4 side by side. Mine has a solid roof. I don't like the canvas roofed ones.

If you're in a colder climate they have the ones with inserts to put in the slats to keep the drafts out. What's great about a stock is you can load it up with hay, shavings, furniture even. They are soooo versatile.

They are also more affordable than a slant for the room you get.
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I owned a 20 foot gooseneck that was inclosed, that style is something you might like.

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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).
Hi Kitten. I just went to Lowes and purchased several sheets of 3/4 ply, a bunch of 2 1/2" bolts, large washers, nuts, and lock nuts. I lined the inside of the trailer with the ply and drilled holes through the wood and the metal on the trailer (from the inside out). I put the large washers and the head of the bolts through the holes from the inside and used the lock washers and nuts on the outside. If the bolts are too long you can cut them flush with the nuts, if they are too short, just get longer ones.

I marked the ply so that when I took it out in the spring, it would all line up when I reinstalled it in the winter.

My horses always face the rear if given a choice so having a blanket on them without the ply could be a bad thing since the wind would get under it. In fact it could cause a wreck if the blanket blows over their heads.

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post #15 of 18 Old 12-01-2008, 09:19 AM
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My advice is go with the two horse. It may cost more but is better equpped for horses. My husband did horse transport for years for some of the bigger companies and has delt with a varity of diffrent types of horses. Form track horses to mare with foals at the side, stallions and more.

He has told me some horror stories of people shipping in stock trailers. From every thing from a horses leg going through the side or the floor board giving out. To horses flipping and they had to empty the whole trailer to get to them.
For safty reasons stock trailers are best left for sheep pigs and cattle.
That and there should always be an emergacny door so if any thing happens you can reach the horse. Also you can always take out the center partition to make a box stall which he may like. So the tralier can be mulitie purposed.

Hope this was helpful
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I have a 16 foot stock trailer (can tightly fit 4 horses)... we have always had this type of trailer and don't have much problems. We put in rubber mats on the floor and I will blanket them when hauling in cooler temps. At this time it is what I can afford... I don't have payments on it and it gets me from point A to point B safely. The tires, flooring, brakes, and lights are all in working order... and my horses don't complain...lol

I would like to get a horse trailer someday but finances wont allow me to. Also I don't think April would fit too well in a smaller two horse straight load (nor would she like it).


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He has told me some horror stories of people shipping in stock trailers. From every thing from a horses leg going through the side or the floor board giving out. To horses flipping and they had to empty the whole trailer to get to them.
For safty reasons stock trailers are best left for sheep pigs and cattle.
That and there should always be an emergacny door so if any thing happens you can reach the horse. Also you can always take out the center partition to make a box stall which he may like. So the tralier can be mulitie purposed.

Hope this was helpful
sorry to double post but I've seen horses go through flooring in horse type trailers before... its all about the upkeep of the trailer, over time aluminum/steel will give out as wood does. With wood just make sure it is cleaned out everytime so avoid any wet spots to sit around


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Iride, thanks a lot!

M2G, the place I bought it from didn't have any solutions, but I'll ask in another local dealership - I just never thought they may have something to suggest.

I actually know some people around use plexiglass (did I spell it right? :) ) to close the openings, but I believe one needs special tools for it. I think wood is a better idea (easier to handle).
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