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post #21 of 45 Old 11-21-2012, 11:17 AM
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Heartbreaking photos. I am so sorry that happened to that horse. So many "accidents" to these fragile creatures. A plan like this seems ideal. They walk on and then walk forward off. Seems a lot safer even with a ramp. 2 Horse Gooseneck Dressing Room Floor Plan
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post #22 of 45 Old 11-21-2012, 11:52 AM
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No ramps for me. I had a horse get excited unloading and the incline and her shoes were a terrible match. She ended up slipping and landed HARD on her shoulder, thank heavens she was ok after a few weeks of rest. Only use them with mats!
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post #23 of 45 Old 11-21-2012, 12:03 PM
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And I don't like mats either. You are unloading (really any way you do it is potentially dangerous) you have a horse with slippery feet that could be packed in manure...
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See I've seen 2 horses now unloading without ramps, slipping their hinds under the trailer and cracking their heads open falling backwards... have yet to see a ramp accident as bad, a few scrapes for sure, but nothing like seeing a little girls pony flipped with his brains spilled out everywhere.
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post #25 of 45 Old 11-21-2012, 06:09 PM
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I also prefer a ramp to a step up. We almost lost a Missouri Fox Trotter when his hinds slipped under the trailer. It was an excruciating three hours trying to get him out, but he ended up with only minor injuries. Thank God he was a calm horse.
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post #26 of 45 Old 11-21-2012, 08:04 PM
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Were these injured horses unloaded on pavement? I figure its saver to unload on dry ground, never grassy, damp, slippery, or paved. Just checking so I can be safer.
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post #27 of 45 Old 11-21-2012, 08:15 PM
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My trainer has a ramp on her trailer and while it is nicw and we have never had an accident, the springs both broke and have had to be replaced the ramp without those springs was near impossible for just one of us to lift. Other then that i like them you can always put the rubber bumper like the step ups have on the edges of the ramp.
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post #28 of 45 Old 11-21-2012, 08:15 PM
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My mare dented the ramp to a trailer, and she has also scraped her legs a little from sliding off the side.

She prefers trailers without the ramp. Thank goodness.

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See I've seen 2 horses now unloading without ramps, slipping their hinds under the trailer and cracking their heads open falling backwards... have yet to see a ramp accident as bad, a few scrapes for sure, but nothing like seeing a little girls pony flipped with his brains spilled out everywhere.
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I bet this is going to open a can of worms: I never liked backing my horses out of either of my trailers. I now have a two horse slant (before had a two horse straight load with ramp). I lead my horses into it and I lead them out because they're quiet with it and they are very relaxed and controlled with themselves doing it this way - thus they are much safer to themselves and me.
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post #30 of 45 Old 11-22-2012, 12:21 PM
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First off, those pictures are so heartbreaking. I feel so badly for the horse and owner. How horrible.

I have a ramp on my Brenderup. I generally unlatch Biscuit from the groom's door, walk to the back and drop the ramp and unhook the butt bar. I give Biscuit a tap on his leg and most of the time he walks out quietly. Sometimes I have to go to the front and take his lead and push back on his halter with the command to back up. I go to the back of the trail and stand on the side with my hand on his side to make sure he realizes to move either straight back or slightly to his right. I have never had a trouble unloading my boys from a ramp but after seeing these pictures I will make sure we are safe each time I haul them.
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