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post #31 of 45 Old 11-26-2012, 10:14 PM
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Oh my gosh that is terrible. I would prefer my horse have to jump in rather than deal with a ramp. My mom has a straight load two horse trailer with a ramp and I have one without. It's easier to load them without the ramp, plus the ramp gets horse poo wedged in it and you have to clean it out almost every time you try to close it. My trailer is a bit up there, but as long as you keep them calm they can step up and down without jumping up or down. We've had a lot of slips and near falls on the ramp and it's covered with a mat. Also slipping off the side, luckily no injury, although my horse has hit her head on the top edge of the trailer because she reared while she was on the ramp.

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post #32 of 45 Old 11-30-2012, 07:57 AM
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I prefer no ramps... just my opinion :)
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post #33 of 45 Old 12-14-2012, 06:43 PM
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Teach the horse to jump in. If they can jump a fence this should be no problem. Ramps can be slippery too. I send my horses in by themselves then i follow or catch them at the window. Good luck.
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post #34 of 45 Old 12-14-2012, 08:00 PM
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I concur with everyone about those pictures, how horribly heartbreaking!

As for ramps, never had a trailer with one...don't really see the need if you teach your horse to calmly load/unload. Because of the way that I haul...and because I normally haul a stock trailer, most of my horses are the walk on/walk off types, but they will back off a trailer if they need to.

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post #35 of 45 Old 01-03-2013, 10:22 PM
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So sad and horrifying! The suffering.........sorry. I'm looking now for a trailer and will get one without a ramp!
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post #36 of 45 Old 01-27-2013, 08:06 PM
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If You must add a ramp to your trailer build the hinges full length across back so there is absolutely no gap, Just like a Piano hinge, Also add flip up solid guides on sides so horse cannot step off the side. My 53 year old trailer has a ramp from factory and I love it. I too have seen horses slip under trailers loading and unloading on step ups, busting their skulls wide open on Loading on Dirt, Asphalt, Concrete, even off dry rubber mats.
That is so very sad that poor horse suffered that way.
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post #37 of 45 Old 01-27-2013, 08:24 PM
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Not That I am saying ramps are safe I have also seen several horrible accidents on ramps. I have 3 trailers, 2 step up and 1 ramped. I only haul calm headed horses in ramped trailer. A green colt or horse will surely hurt it self on a ramp or even a step up if it spooks when loading or unloading. And always have trailer hitched up to truck before loading never load an unhitched trailer.

I will snap a couple pics of proper hinges for ramps, they must be built by a certified welder because of the weight they carry. Please do not buy hinges from stores, They are weak.

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post #38 of 45 Old 01-27-2013, 09:05 PM
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My trailer's a step up (2H Slant), I didn't want to deal with the weight, jamming or bent ramps. I usually let the horses turn around and walk in and out on their own time, so no issues or problems. My boy will back off a trailer and step down if I ask him to, but why bother if there's room for them to turn around and walk off is how I see it. I'm not a fan of straight loads you can't do that with, ramp or no ramp. A big factor for safe trailering is teaching the horse to load, ride, and unload calmly, regardless of the trailer options.
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post #39 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 04:37 PM
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I have an unusual ramp. I have a horse that is to big to turn around in the trailer, and I made a ramp of white styrofoam stuff that I got from a builders supply. The ramp is light enough for me to put in the back of my truck. If the horse were to slip into the "crack", never happened, he would not be injured. He has stepped off to the side, but it's so soft, no injuries. I've had people come up to me and ask about how to make one. When I first made mine, I figued it would only last a short time. I've had it over 10 years. I only have to rewrap it to keep the foam in place. My horse is very well trained, but I have not had any problems with my ramp.
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post #40 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 04:50 PM
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99.9% of all horse trailers in the UK have ramps, I have never heard of an incident like the one mentioned earlier in this thread. Mind you the ramps are fitted at the factory and dont have a gap.

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