In some trailers straight and slant load, there is a feed bunker in the front of the horse that is chest high and made of metal that's welded in. If the horse is large and can't back up away from the bunker to put its head down, there is a danger of respiratory problems on long hauls. Our first trailer was built this way. We never had a problem going for short hauls. We never put hay in the bunker. Now that we are venturing further from home and some trips over 5-6 hours we got a trailer that is totally open except for chest and butt bars. We do put hay in a corner in a hay bag. The horses don't have their faces stuck in the hay the whole way. They can put their heads down and snort to clear their air ways at will. Horses have to do this, I'm sure the BLM do long hauls so they need to be able to put their heads down.
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Last edited by Vidaloco; 04-05-2009 at 02:28 PM.