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post #1 of 26 Old 01-20-2012, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Would a loud muffler scare horses in a trailer?

I am think about getting a new muffler for the truck and its to add more power to it and one thing is a new muffler. Only problem if I were to be towing a horse(s) in a trailer would a louder exaust scare them a lot or to much? I not going to be like open headers but if you really give it gas it will be loud. There inside the trailer surrouded 360 by metal walls and it may be muffled but I can't say.



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I think it would depend on the horses...but if it's something extremely loud I would say it would startle them not to mention it might do a number on their hearing.

I would find a reputable place to purchase and install the muffler. I actually just got a new one on my truck a few weeks ago. A professional and reliable place knows about all of its products. The guy we use knows how all of his mufflers sound and which ones go best with what vehicle and customer. My new muffler makes my truck sound good as well as giving it a little extra horsepower. It's not very loud but it is deep and throaty.

So in short, find an experienced seller. :)

I actually have a video haha. I have changed the muffler since then but it's pretty similar and you can tell the difference. The first part is the factory muffler and the second part is the new one.


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So what if it does ? They are in the horse trailer, not like they are going anywhere.
Also, its a waste of money, will do nothing for your power, and just annoy the rest of us on the road. Opening the exhaust without changing anything else will do little to nothing. Opening the exhaust with doing other things will only help at the upper RPM range. The adds and magazine BS you are reading is just that BS. Yes it will give you a few more horsepower if you lessen the back pressure. But you will only gain that horse power at near redline RPM. When was the last time you drove around your horse trailer at 5000 rpm ? Save your money for other things that are actually useful.
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So what if it does ? They are in the horse trailer, not like they are going anywhere.
Also, its a waste of money, will do nothing for your power, and just annoy the rest of us on the road. Opening the exhaust without changing anything else will do little to nothing. Opening the exhaust with doing other things will only help at the upper RPM range. The adds and magazine BS you are reading is just that BS. Yes it will give you a few more horsepower if you lessen the back pressure. But you will only gain that horse power at near redline RPM. When was the last time you drove around your horse trailer at 5000 rpm ? Save your money for other things that are actually useful.
Not every exhaust is annoying...if you look at the video I posted, the exhaust is hardly loud at all. And the truck was floored in that video and I don't drive around town like that. And it actually has improved my horse power and gas mileage...
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So what if it does ? They are in the horse trailer, not like they are going anywhere.
Also, its a waste of money, will do nothing for your power, and just annoy the rest of us on the road. Opening the exhaust without changing anything else will do little to nothing. Opening the exhaust with doing other things will only help at the upper RPM range. The adds and magazine BS you are reading is just that BS. Yes it will give you a few more horsepower if you lessen the back pressure. But you will only gain that horse power at near redline RPM. When was the last time you drove around your horse trailer at 5000 rpm ? Save your money for other things that are actually useful.
Well actually im getting a lot of MAJOR engine modifications to go with it. Its going to cost over $1000 in all and my friend who has done a lot of car work and to add performance told me that a better muffler is part of it.



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It might startle them the first time, but they would get used to the noise pretty quick.
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Coming from YOUR vehicle it is less likley to be an issue than if it is coming from other vehicles on the road that you encounter. If it is coming from your vehicle, it will be a steady presences and they will essentially just learn it to be a part of the environment -- coming from other vehicles would be more startling as it would be random/sporadic and not a constant presences -- make sense?
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So what if it does ? They are in the horse trailer, not like they are going anywhere.
Ah - if the horse has issues with it - they may not load the next time?
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Makes sence, and its horses. Live animals so I wont go faster than 40 MPH so its going to be a steady sound and if I accelerate its going to be slow. And I have checked the mufflers out with them idling and if you would floor it, and idle there not to bad a low rumble and if you accelerate a bit it wont be to loud.



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Noise doesnt make a car go faster anymore than fancy paint does. Many people believe they do though. So have you actualy dyno tested ? Or are you just using the louder noise in a placebo effect to feel like it's faster ?
Your 40mph statement has me wondering if you even haul h orses.
But to answer your actual question. Its wouldnt matter the horses are going to be inside the trailer when the noise starts, then driven for awhile. They will get used to it like they do pretty much everything else. My horses live on a shooting range. They get over things pretty easily. Not wantting to load next time is a pretty simple training issue.
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