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post #21 of 69 Old 04-10-2012, 06:27 PM
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The biggest problems I see is that

1) the horse isn't tied so he has the freedom to move around the entire back end of the truck.

2)the "walls" of the enclosure are very short and that horse could have easily jumped out if he had gotten spooked while they were driving along.

3) the horse has the ability to stick his head out around the white thing in front of him. I've had windshields broken by rocks and/or debris thrown up by a passing vehicle so I can only imagine the serious damage that could do to a horse...especially if it hit him in the face.


I have zero problem with people hauling horses in the back of a truck like that...so long as the enclosure is appropriate and safe.
My friend has hauled a horse in one of those open like trailers, her horse turned completely around and stick his head out the backend and she didn't know whether to tie him or not since there are so many different opinions on the safety of tieing a horse. I told her I don't know you have to make the choice. Some stock trailers are nothing buy metal piping, rocks can fly in there as well and your horse can carry on. There are more opinions about taking care of horses that its almost impossible to do the absolute right thing. Just my opinion
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post #22 of 69 Old 04-10-2012, 06:30 PM
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Am I the only one who remembers the cattle racks that used to be sold to go into the back of a truck. I thought that was what the slots in the bed of a truck were originally created for... temporary side panels. Where I live you don't see them much anymore, but they are still sold second hand and in demand.

LOL! I'm old enough to remember welding cattle racks in FFA! Although I think we always made them for full sized trucks, and not Ford Rangers....
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When I was a kid, I used to see this a lot. I would hate to see any of my barn fluffs in the back of a pickup, but a horse familiar with the whole process, I would.
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My guess is that the older people on this board have seen it and the younger simply have not. It was widely used when we were growing up.

If I can see it correctly, I think it's pretty amazing. A Ford Ranger hauling a horse! Who would have thunk it. Probably the best gas mileage around compared to those big Club Cab V8 trucks with extra towing capacity hauling a trailer.
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post #25 of 69 Old 04-10-2012, 07:40 PM
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I wonder how far that truck sank down when the horse stepped into it... All that weight moving around back there has GOT to make for an interesting ride!
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My friend has hauled a horse in one of those open like trailers, her horse turned completely around and stick his head out the backend and she didn't know whether to tie him or not since there are so many different opinions on the safety of tieing a horse. I told her I don't know you have to make the choice. Some stock trailers are nothing buy metal piping, rocks can fly in there as well and your horse can carry on. There are more opinions about taking care of horses that its almost impossible to do the absolute right thing. Just my opinion
It's not necessarily just the lack of tying that bothered me with that. I often don't tie my horses in the trailer, but it was the combination of not tied and the very low walls. Suppose the horse turned around to face backward and then recieved a swift rock to the butt. He could try to jump out and that would be a disaster.

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Totally looks like my horse....maybe that's why he doesn't like the trailer...... ;)
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LOL! I'm old enough to remember welding cattle racks in FFA! Although I think we always made them for full sized trucks, and not Ford Rangers....
AWESOME! I was taught to call them cattle racks in FFA! We took our group pony to the FFA show in one....he didn't win diddly but he looked like he enjoyed the ride LOL

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My guess is that the older people on this board have seen it and the younger simply have not. It was widely used when we were growing up.
Crap! I now qualify as an older person! LOL j/k

I think you might be right here. I'm not knocking anyone for freaking out about it BTW. I just didn't see such a big deal, except the low sides mainly.

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UGH! I would never!!! They should have at least tied his head. One good spook from a whipping semi and that horse would have flipped out. And the moving weight from the horse could have very well toppled that truck on that U-turn. Common sense- this isnt 1950's anymore get a dang trailer >.<
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