Koolio: Its me who has been working 6 days on the trot and they have been 10 hour days except for Saturday that was only 6.5 in the chair. Work is not going well.
Lori: good to see the op is over and now the road to recovery is under your feet, so to speak.
Rick: Groping is not going to get you there. Being on one knee begging tends to work for me.
Where is the photo of the tattoo
Nickers: My take on trailering the horses.
We load front on, and they get to look out the floats front window, at my bald head
. They do not compute a corner or a fast stop. However one of the reasons we do not tie their heads is they swing them to help keep their balance. They also spread and plant there feet which is some of the reason they mark the sides of the float wall and also hit each other on the rear legs. Some put wraps on the legs to avoid this. To narrow a float will also result in marked sides
Try riding in the back of your float without hanging on to something and you will get the idea. If you want to lessen the stress on the horse, balance the trailer wheels because unbalanced wheels sake the hell out of the trailer and that also upsets the horse. It also breaks the trailer and your repair bills increase. The shaking from unbalanced wheels, in my view, does two things. One it loosens the fittings and stretches the metal this can be seen where the trailer is riveted the movement is seen in rubbing marks. It is different action than the flexing that goes on.
So for those that think I have it wrong, jump in the back of your horse float and have it towed around the streets and down the highway at the legal speed. You will change your mind, also take notice of the noise level it will be in the 80 -90 db range that's airport noise. This was tested in Europe and the results were published on the net, Ifore Williams floats came out of it fairly well but the noise level never the less was still very high.
In NZ, our roads are third world in places, fit for Quads but we tow the horses over them, we do not have hundreds of miles of straight roads so the stress from turning left and right does in my view take a toll on the horse and as said in an earlier post 4 hours is enough.
I also have removable bars or hose covered chain front and rear to contain the horses. I can open all ramps but the horses can't come out until I remove the bars.
So to all of the ladies, get in the back of the trailer and feel what is going on when being towed. Don't hold on you will get the idea of how hard it is to maintain balance, take notice of the noise. Now balance the wheels and you will notice a huge difference in the vibration and the noise level.
Your horse will love you for it, you will feel the difference in the tow pig as the out of balance vibration transmits through the tow bar into the tow pig.
In closing remember this, and it is very important. The one doing the driving while you are in the back is your supportive husband, so make sure you have not upset him before embarking on the experiment.
For the men who ask their wives to drive, hang on, because you are in for the ride of your life.
Cheers all.\, its 11-40 am Sunday. I have cooked myself the type of breakfast I'm not allowed to have and now are going to work it off by repairing some fencing wire the sheep have broken. A mans work is never done. I have to hang out the washing first, after doing the dishes.
TJ: Bugs will follow me around while I'm fixing the fence. I will set him up for your first ride. He has a playful streak in him.