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post #1 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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My best friend's very large stock trailer (with her horse in it) came off the hitch on the freeway yesterday at 60mph. A very dangerous freeway, at that.

Turns out the trailer they just got has a 2 5/16 hitch and they were using a 2 inch ball.

Thank God the safety chains caught the trailer; thank God their horse is okay and stayed calm in the trailer while they waited for the tow truck; and thank God no one else was involved on that horrendously busy freeway.

A reminder to make sure your hitch matches your trailer and to check your safety chains AND the welds!
Scary stuff.

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 01:27 PM
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Great advice! I bet local trailer sales lots would help with that.

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post #3 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 01:41 PM
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I'm glad nothing really bad happened! Trailer is my nightmare too, especially the hitch and doors.
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 01:49 PM
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So glad there were no injuries! This isn't the exact same, but still same point.....a few years ago a car barely rear ended a horse trailer; so gently the truck pulling the trailer didn't notice. Apparently, they only had the safety pin on the door, not the latch, so when the car bumped it, the pin snapped. The horse wasn't tied. The truck moved forward, the horse came out the back of the trailer and was killed when the following car hit him. I don't know full details, but I don't understand how the following car didn't see the trailer door come open, unless it was very fast-paced. Anyway.....check your trailer doors!
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post #5 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 01:55 PM
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oh my gosh, both those stories are terrifying. I am constantly rechecking everything everytime i trailer... its better to be paranoid than sorry.

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post #6 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 03:46 PM
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So glad everyone was ok in your friends situation. I think it's also good advice to make sure the trailer is in good condition. My uncle had the trailer floor fall through while he was hauling a horse. He had used that trailer many times. If he had only pulled up the mats and checked the condition of the trailer, that horse would probably still be here today. We can never be to careful when we are hauling our horses.
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post #7 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 03:55 PM
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^^^ That happened here, too. The floor was rotten and went unchecked. The driver said he suddenly heard a sound that was like metal scraping the ground.....it was the horse's shoes. The horse didn't survive.
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I guess we all have to remember that trailers are dangerous. Floor boards have to be checked every year for dry rot. After every trailering take the mats out and hose any manure and urine out to prevent rot. Hose the mats and get everything dry before putting them back in.
Make sure you tow vehicle is rated for the tongue weight of your trailer.
I take my truck and trailer rig in to be inspected at my local dealer every year. It is cheaper than the possible vet bills.
I have always wished that horse trailer came with a metal bumper that either hinged or was bolted on to the back of the trailer to protect the horses.
There are some good books on trailering horses. I bought one and I have been trailering for years. Sometimes all it takes is to learn one little thing and you save a lot of heartbreak and money
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post #9 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 07:00 PM
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oh my gosh, both those stories are terrifying. I am constantly rechecking everything everytime i trailer... its better to be paranoid than sorry.
Same here. And because I have cheaper stock trailer without real locks I put a nylon strap to tie door and side wall together on both - exit and escape doors. Not fun to unhook them, but at least some extra-caution.
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-05-2010, 07:10 PM
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thanks for the reminder.
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