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        07-07-2010, 04:42 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Pidge    
    Its sorta an older trailer but still in nice condition....its small though. Like just big enough for two horses so It isnt a big deal weight wise...atleast the trailer isnt much weight. I usually only carry one horse...so do you think not having trailer brakes is an issue if Im only going locally?
    How much does the trailer weight empty? Even our 2 horse (steel) stock trailer is over 2000 lbs empty.
         
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        07-07-2010, 07:47 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I don't believe ours is steel...and it has a light weight floor made out of some stuff that's suppose to never rust or deteriorate....I would say its less then or right at 2000 lbs...I didnt think that was much for a trailer...and and both of my horses weight around 1000 lbs...my TB more like 850 lbs.

    I pulled it with my arab not long ago and it stopped just fine...Im just worried now. Eveyone in my area is super respectful of people with trailers...so I wasnt to concerned until now...
         
        07-07-2010, 09:40 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    A normal 2h bp type trailer usually has brakes on one axle. I added brakes to the other axle so both axels had brakes on all my trailers. Made for better stopping. You may think people are respectfull of horse trailers where you are, but don't always think that...You WILL NOT be able to stop a 2h bp with 2 normal size horses, with no trailer brakes. If anything the trailer will push the tow vehicle...or jack knife....
         
        07-08-2010, 12:00 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Pidge    
    Eveyone in my area is super respectful of people with trailers...so I wasnt to concerned until now...
    Respect isn't going to stop something falling off of a truck in front of you, or a kid from darting out on a bike or after a toy. Cheap insurance...
         
        07-08-2010, 08:40 AM
      #15
    Banned
    I believe if the trailer has brakes you are required by law to have them functional.
         
        07-08-2010, 12:48 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I just had brakes installed on our van we use to pull 1-2 horses...I believe it only cost about $200 or so, you'd know for sure if you have them hooked up or not, because you'll have the braking unit mounted on your dash somewhere where you can set and control the trailer brakes.

    It makes a HUGE difference when you're going down steep hills or like others have mentioned, when you have to brake suddenly for reasons that are beyond your control...I would highly recommend them!!! :)
         
        07-09-2010, 09:37 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I agree with everyone on the brakes. We had the controller installed in our truck and it made a huge difference. We have some big hills to go up and down to get to our property and I am really glad to have those brakes on the hills. We use a dodge Dakota with a v8 and total tow package to haul our small 2 older 2 horse. So technically its not even a 1/2 ton. We just take it slow on the hills and do just fine.
         
        07-09-2010, 10:25 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    The 2 biggest things with horses and towing is
    1. Safety
    2. Common Sense

         
        07-09-2010, 09:37 PM
      #19
    Foal
    You should probably get the brakes on your trailer and truck. You don't want to wait to find out if you can stop quick until some jerk stops sudden in front of you. The weight of a horse trailer with even one horse can push your truck down the road.

    We got brakes on our old trailer and truck at a place that does work on campers.
         
        07-13-2010, 06:51 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Thanks for all the info! I just bought a F150 for my two horse and it seems like it will be fine!
         

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