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post #11 of 14 Old 12-02-2012, 01:35 AM
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A word of advice, besides getting the trailer checked over, is to get a bigger one than you need. If you need a two horse, get one for three. When we got ours, we got a two horse because it was for my wife and me. On occasion now, we have a friend go with. We can squeeze a third in our slant load by taking out the divider but not the best situation. I know a gal that has only one horse but got a three horse trailer for that reason.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-02-2012, 01:56 AM
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My next horse trailer will be aluminum, living quarters, front tack/dressing room, 3 or 4 horse slant. I will have drop down head & butt windows, the head windows will come with a grill that you can drop down to feed. The geniuses that built my current trailer put the bars/grille on the actual drop down window so if you drop down for air flow, it leaves a gaping hole. Brilliant!

I want padding on walls, floors and dividers, all dividers will be full length, not just one stallion panel. I want an escape door and 2 rear doors with a ramp that lifts up over the bottom of the doors. My current ramp is very heavy and acts as the bottom have of both doors. Very hard for one person to lift. Lots of lights, in and out, including flood lights on the sides of the trailer. I have 6 floods all around my trailer and I LOVE all the light. So do the horses.

The new rear tacks are reconfigured to not make the entrance to the horse compartment so claustrophobic, the old ones are so narrow I WON'T go in, so who could blame a horse?

OH no mangers! I drove all the way to L.A. with a horse who kept going up and sticking his feet in the friggin' manger and those old ones had sharp edges. I was constantly pulling over and pulling him out of trouble. It took twice as long as it should have, so I swore, never again on mangers.

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post #13 of 14 Old 12-02-2012, 04:53 PM
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As far as brakes:
Some trailers under a certain weight limit aren't required to have brakes, check with your state regulations.
Ask whether the brakes are electric (most common) or hydraulic. Electric brakes require a brake controller in your vehicle. Most vehicles are not equipped with brake controllers out of the factory and electric brakes are useless without one.

Check the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) on your vehicle to see how big of a trailer and how many horses your vehicle can safely handle.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-02-2012, 07:28 PM
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Check the floor for sure! Heard one too many stories about bad floors in a trailer and get it inspected if you can.
Also, make sure to check your state's requirements for chains. We had that problem. Bought a trailer without chains in an area with alot of oil field traffic. Thankfully someone told us about the law before we were pulled over.
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