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post #1 of 7 Old 04-18-2012, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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2 Horse Divider needed - where to buy or how to build?

Many years ago I bought an older two horse straight haul bumper pull trailer. It was in horrible condition, but my hubby and I worked on it and cleaned it all up and made it into a single draft size horse trailer. The roof had been raised on it, and it accomidated my 18hh, 1800 lb clydesdale. But to do so I had to remove the center divider.

Now I no longer have an 18hh clyde, but a 17 hh clyde/tb cross, who is narrow, and doesn't need the full trailer size. I would like to install a center divider, as my friend recently bought a warmblood, and will be selling her too small trailer.

I can't seem to find a center divider that I can just purchase, and I'm not sure on how to start to have my hubby build one. Any suggestions or images that you might have of your divider. This is an older trailer, one from the 80's, so if anyone has a trailer with the original divider that they could take a photo of. It was so many years ago we redid the trailer I don't remember what they look like.

Also I'm wondering if I could have a swinging divider? One that was secured at the manger spot, and the bump chains on either side would keep it from moving one way or the other. I think the benderup's might have a similiar feature. I just like the idea of with a harder loader, we could swing the divider to one side, to make it more inviting.

Any images or ideas would be so appreciated, I have done an exhausted search online and can't seem to find anything.

Thank you so much. Oh and yes hubby has access to a welder and is a good one.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-18-2012, 10:57 PM
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No idea but good luck. (+pictures please!!)
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Doubt you can find one in any kind of decent shape to buy. I would just fabricate my own. You can make it out of steel if you have a welder or bolt it together. Use a decently thick sheet of plywood, at least 3/4 but 7/8 would be better if you want to go that route. Or, mix it up and frame a piece of plywood with angle iron.

If you want it to swing then youll have to hinge one side and figure out how to secure the other end.
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Put a couple of pieces of tubing vertically on the front manger wall in the center - each about 3-4 inches in length, one at the upper point and one about half-way down.

Make a metal divider in a rectangular shape. Add a triangle at the top front if you want a divider between the heads (a good idea for strangers). At the front, add two metal rods about 4 inches long, vertically again - one each to match up with the tubes on the front wall/manger, with a spacer at the top of each. Now that will allow the piece to slide into the tubes. Remember that these tubes and rods are all that is holding the divider in place, so make them as long as you feel you can work with. Design a bolt or key to lock them into place (at least one of them anyway).

At the back of the rectangle, weld rings or sort pieces of heavy chain to support your butt bars. The butt bars should be probably 3 inch tubing at least. The butt bars are welded on to the chains. So the divider and butt bars are one piece that doesn't come apart, but does come out of the trailer and swings from side to side.

At the opposite end of the butt bars, put a piece of tubing flush with the end (no spacer). On each of the two walls of the trailer, at the back, inside, vertically weld two pieces of the same size tubing that will line up above and below the vertical tubing on your butt bars. When you line up the tubing on the bars with the tubing on the walls, drop a bolt or piece of rod down through to hold in place.

Remember to grind all welds properly! Paint then pad all as desired.

Make sense?

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Wow thank you !!! Excellent details. I will print it off tomorrow and get my husband to start building.

Quick question, how high should this divider sit... mid section of the horse? All the way to the floor (which I don't think I like that idea) I was thinking of a panel that is mid section and about 2.5 ft wide? It will be sufficiently padded of course.
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Remember that you have to be able to lift the divider, so if you make it 2.5 ft it will be that much heavier. I believe mine is probably about 16". I'll try to remember to measure it tomorrow when I'm at the barn.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 07:37 PM
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I measured my divider. It is 11" deep. This divider is made of a frame of square tubing only, then the center hole is covered with padded plywood panels. My other trailer was framed sheet metal with padding. Whatever works.

Can we see pics when it's done?
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