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post #11 of 19 Old 02-09-2011, 11:45 PM
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Wellllll.....my brothers and Dad can weld, so for me it wouldnt be a big problem. Someone else though, quite possibly.

But yes, wood would be easier to replace for most people.

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post #12 of 19 Old 02-09-2011, 11:48 PM
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Hahaha. My brother, husband, father in law & friend all weld. I have a few times. But oh man.... I would rather buy wood. Lol. Where on earth would I be able to get so much metal that is thick enough to hold a horse? That would he my biggest concern. Where to get suitable metal if need be?
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post #13 of 19 Old 02-09-2011, 11:54 PM
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Very true. Good question.

I have an idea where my brothers would get it...and I doubt the gov't would be happy about it. LOL.

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post #14 of 19 Old 02-13-2011, 06:24 PM
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I don't know anything about the car you'll be using, but when it comes to the trailer get one with a metal floor - I've heard of several disasters happening with wooden floored trailers - especially if you're buying a used trailer.
I completely agree with a metal floor. Metal floors will last a life time and you won't have to worry about them getting old, rotting, etc. But, make sure you place rubber mats on whatever floor you get.

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post #15 of 19 Old 02-13-2011, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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I've decided to forgo the trailer as I believe now that it would be a little more unsafe than I would like for my horse and for me. Thank you everyone for all of your views, they really have helped.
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post #16 of 19 Old 02-13-2011, 10:25 PM
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Bummer about no trailer. I know I love mine. My husband, the mechanic, days you don't want to tow would the KIA. It's front wheel drive. Is that KIA your only option for a vehicle?
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post #17 of 19 Old 02-14-2011, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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It's not front wheel drive, it's all wheel drive. My only other vehicle is a geo storm, lol...that can't tow anything!
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If you can, try to get a vehicle with a manual gearbox as towing is very hard on an automatic. With a manual you can also use the gears to slow down rather than always having to brake, which is harder on the horses in the float.
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post #19 of 19 Old 02-15-2011, 10:18 AM
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Hahaha. My brother, husband, father in law & friend all weld. I have a few times. But oh man.... I would rather buy wood. Lol. Where on earth would I be able to get so much metal that is thick enough to hold a horse? That would he my biggest concern. Where to get suitable metal if need be?
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I would be really surprised if the metal that was first put in the trailer wears down at all. If you buy a trailer from a reputable brand, their metal floors should be well made and last forever. I wouldn't think you'd have to change them out at all.

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