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post #61 of 69 Old 04-12-2012, 04:15 PM
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I don't think anybody is saying that hauling in a truck is just as safe as hauling in a trailer. What I think most people are saying is that if you take appropriate precautions, hauling in a truck is an acceptable alternative for people who do not have trailers, cannot afford trailers, or who are hauling to a place where they cannot take a trailer. Even the best horse trailer is far from perfectly safe, after all.
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post #62 of 69 Old 04-12-2012, 04:18 PM
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Putting cost aside, they are not very comfortable for the horse. Just some other things that need to be considered are footing, suspension, weather, and accidents. Horses are safer in trailers then on PU trucks.
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post #63 of 69 Old 04-12-2012, 05:33 PM
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Hmm. this is an interesting topic! I had never thought how people transported horses before trailers, to me it doesn't seem as safe as a trailer, but I can see how it could be a safe mode of transportation if the walls were higher :P
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Thanks for all the laughs on this thread, takes me way back to the dark ages, well our first visit to the states, and my total shock of seeing horses in the pack of pick up trucks going down the highway, just a totally insane sight

This was someone who was already stunned at the sight of pick up trucks and gooseneck trailers, because although at the time you would see the occasional pick up truck, I had never ever seen a gooseneck until we visited the states.

The very idea of a trailer without a ramp was funny, I couldn't work out how you would get horses to load and unload with that step, all I was used to were bumper pull trailers and everyone had a ramp. Now I can't think why all the trailers in the UK have ramps, a step up is so much easier to deal with.

As to why this type of transport isn't seen so often, I would guess a lot of it has to do with trucks being built out of lighter materials, that will get damaged easier, we have a 1953 GMG 1 ton truck in the yard, I think I could put a horse in there and it could have a kicking fit and nothing would be even a little bent, the 2002, not nearly so tough. The older trailers were heavier and harder to pull as well.

Biggest reason though, I would imagine as others have said, when folk were using their horses for work, rather than leisure, things were more practical, and lets face it, farming and ranching has always been tough, and trailers for the horses would of been seen as an unnecessary luxury.
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post #65 of 69 Old 04-12-2012, 06:14 PM
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I thought that it was very creative! Atleast the horse had a canopy thing ;)

Sour's only 34" tall and about 225 pounds, but when she came to our farm she was loaded into the trunk of an SUV! Not the most genius of ideas, but it worked- and I'll admit it right now, I've loaded her into our Honda Oddesy (with boards and tied ofcourse) to take her to a show before!
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[QUOTE=Speed Racer;1450892]You have a right to your opinion and what you would or wouldn't do, but to condemn someone else just because YOU wouldn't do it turns that opinion into a judgment call. Too many of the posters have put on their judgy-pants without knowing a thing about cattle racks and their history.

I think before you try to call me out you should read my post a little closer. I wasn't condemning anyone. This thread is no place for you to be spitting poison at other posters for their opinion.
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post #67 of 69 Old 04-12-2012, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by karebear444 View Post
This thread is no place for you to be spitting poison at other posters for their opinion.
Thinks out loud, I'm sure there is a saying something to do with pots and kettles.......

I saw no poison, maybe you are reading an intent that wasn't there
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post #68 of 69 Old 04-12-2012, 07:11 PM
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Maybe the problem is that the trucks that used have the cattle racks were made to handle cattle racks. Ford Rangers not so much!
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post #69 of 69 Old 04-13-2012, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by pepperduck View Post
So why did majority of people switch to horse trailers?

More people became able to own them, and the rest didn't want to be judged.
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