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  • Horses hauling w/ their heads to the rear
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    06-11-2011, 06:19 PM
Green Broke
Hauling Pet Peeve

I am courious as to why people haul horses with their heads sticking out of the drop down doors? To me this seems so obviosly unsafe for so many reasons.

A scared horse might try to escape out the window.

Flying things lijke birds and bugs hitting a horse and possibly an eye at 65 mph or other road debris getting kicked up like part of a tire or garbage.

Getting too close to a vehicle in the next lane. I could see a semi veering accidently and chopping a head off.

Clipping a branch and hitting the horse.
Getting in an accident with a head hanging out doesn't sound pretty.

Same goes for letting a dog hang out the window or ride on the back of a truck. I came upon a dog limping on the side of the road that I thought the vehicle in front of me hit. Seems the dog had jumped out the back of the pick up and had gotten run over by his boat trailer he was pulling.
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    06-12-2011, 08:04 AM
Green Broke
I must say that I have never heard of, nor seen any horse being hauled with it's head out of the drop down doors. On long trips we open the windows next to the horses, and they sometimes stick their nose out, but never their entire head. But that is just my experiences...

I agree with the dog thing. I sometimes let my dog put her head out, but only if it's a very short drive (not even two minutes), and I always have my hand on her collar. But I would never let her do it unattended or be on the back of a truck
    06-12-2011, 11:00 AM
The head out the window is my biggest peeve as well. It also applies to the screen over the open window with no bars. Do you really think that those snaps will hold in a 1000# horse? Yes, trailers can get unbearable hot in the summer but that's not an excuse for such idiots.
    06-12-2011, 04:17 PM
Green Broke
My BO claimed she once saw a horse's head get smashed by a passing semi. The driver of the trailer was just a little too close to the yellow line and the horse it its head sticking out...
    06-12-2011, 05:53 PM
Green Broke
That sounds nasty with the horse head and the semi. My friends gooseneck has big thick bars on the windows, that's the only one I've seen with some sort of window.

With the dogs I don't like it when people leave there dogs loose on the back of a ute or truck but I don't really see a problem with it if they are in a cage on the back or tied up securely so they can't reach the sides.
    06-12-2011, 06:22 PM
Never see that around here. Don't see the dog thing either. Dogs in backs of trucks is illegal in my state, no less stupid.
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    06-12-2011, 06:41 PM
Unfortunately I've seen it way too often and it always makes me cringe. Thankfully, I've never seen an accident because of it but I do know it happens. That is the exact same reason why I hate seeing cowboys hauling horses in those "cowboy" half top trailers. The horse's stick their head out over the side and it's basically the exact same thing as the OP is talking about.

If a flying rock can break a windshield, how easy would it be to put out an eye? I've caught a grasshopper in the face just trotting across a pasture and it hurt like hell, I can only imagine getting hit with one at 60+ mph.
    06-12-2011, 07:52 PM
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NEVER seeen a horse trailered with his head sticking out. Never.
    06-12-2011, 08:37 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    

I've caught a grasshopper in the face just trotting across a pasture and it hurt like hell, I can only imagine getting hit with one at 60+ mph.
I must be really tired. I read this and spit out my soda laughing. I recently swallowed a bug while out cantering in the fields. I can just imagine taking a grasshopper between the eyes!
    06-12-2011, 10:16 PM
When I was little my family had a truck with wooden sides built up on the bed and would put horses in the bed of the truck ! Crazy !!

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