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post #41 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 05:01 PM
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I am not a fan of ramps for the simple fact I don't like the extra effort of lowing it and raising it and securing it. Very sad about the horse in the pictures, no horse should deserves that.
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post #42 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 05:25 PM
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Similar to Faye, I don't think I have ever seen a step up trailer/float here unless it is a stock crate, and then you back up to a loading ramp or dirt mound to load. Never heard of an accident like that, again though nearly all ramps are factory fitted and don't have a gap.

plus the ramp gets horse poo wedged in it and you have to clean it out almost every time you try to close it.
I don't know about anyone else, but I clean out the floor of my float EVERY TIME one of the horses poops. It can rot the floor away if you leave it, and it stinks, and makes the floor slippery for the horses, and it is really bad for their feet to stand in poop. I have never had an issue with poo blocking up the hinges as I just sweep out the hinges as I am sweeping out the poop.

We have a big three horse angle load, we generally walk on and turn around and walk off, though none of our horses has an issue backing off either.

I have had plenty of horses step off the side of the ramp when learning to load/unload and as yet haven't had any injuries.

I've never used a step up so have no idea if it would be better/worse, but for my horses who are used to a ramp, it would be a big shock I think, lol!

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post #43 of 45 Old 01-30-2013, 12:46 AM
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The company that built the ramp on this thread obviously had no experience building horse ramps or there was supposed to be a hinged plate that flips over the gap to prevent such accidents.
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post #44 of 45 Old 01-30-2013, 12:48 AM
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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.
That sounds like a good idea
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post #45 of 45 Old 02-05-2013, 10:35 AM
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I use a step up stock trailer. My 10.2hh ancient pony had no trouble stepping up, have loaded a mini with only a small hop on his part. Mine travel loose in boxes so they turn around and step down. Personally I have seen more problems with horses falling off the edge of ramps then with them stepping up/down.
If you ever pick up unhandled stock a step up that you can back up to a loading chute is a godsend. I don't know about other vet clinics but guelph university had a bank you could back up to for unloading injured horses.
If I was going to add a ramp I would look into a sliding ramp with sides (like on a horse box) so that the trailer could still function as a step up as well.
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