I like ramps, I find they are easier for babies, and if a horse is injured let me tell you stories about how ramps have literally saved horse's lives because without them, they couldn't physically get on the trailer.
The other thing is to find a small hill and back up to that so the step up is less.
I have a Sundowner and really like the design, I like the design of the Hawk too.
That's how mine is set up, but I have an angle haul. There's some danger if the horse comes off the side, but I haven't had any issues, nor can I find any online.
Yeah, ramps can be great! :) You've just got to be really, really careful about even tiny gaps. Arcadian was sort of a one-in-a-million, very talented young guy with loads of unprecedented talent and potential, and it absolutely tore Christine apart when the accident happened. And it happened once, so it doesn't need to happen again! Hence horrible images.
I dislike ramps. A lot of vets I work with dislike ramps. The leg injuries are numerous. Remember there is not much covering the bone on the leg. Just off to the side of the ramp and major scrape - if you are lucky that is all.
There are ways to position a trailer to load a horse that can't step up. I've done it in the dark, pouring rain with mud on a hill at two in the morning. I was called to assist the horse owner as the vet on call knew it could be done with calm level headed people.
Our foals (or calves) have never hesitated to pop in or out of either of our step up trailers.
LOL, when I lived in the UK all we had was ramps, and I thought the step ups over here were really odd, couldn't see how you got horses to step up into the trailer.
Now I live in Canada, I LURVE my step up trailer, I find it a lot easier to deal with and the horses load no worries. The only thing that I don't like is backing a horse out over a step down, that seems to give them lots of issues, poor G Man always travelled in stock trailers, so walked in and walked out. His new owners picked him up in their nice little trailer, G Man jumped in as good as gold, but it took them 2 hours to back him out when he got to his destination
[QUOTE=mls;1765626]I dislike ramps. A lot of vets I work with dislike ramps. The leg injuries are numerous. Remember there is not much covering the bone on the leg. Just off to the side of the ramp and major scrape - if you are lucky that is all.
That's what got me thinking ramp in the first place. On at least 3 occasion they've scraped legs. It's a good 18". Posted via Mobile Device
In theory a ramp seems nice but I wouldn't want one. My horse has a panick attack unloading from a straight load so what I did was unhook her put her lead over her back then go to the back of the trailer and guide her out. I started by holding on to a leg and getting her to set it on the ground now I just tap the leg she needs to step down with and she's out. Just watch your own feet since you are close to the horse when doing this.