I have never seen a horse with its head out here. I hate the dogs in the back of the truck to a few weeks ago there was an idiot in front of me one of the kids had a hold of a rope that was attached to the dogs collar through the window in the back of the truck the guy went around a curve and the dog fell out but the kid did not let go of the rope so the dog got drug several feet before the idiot stopped. Luckly the dog did not go under the back tire and just got road rash the guy was from I think Russia and did not understand a word I was saying or he would of got an ear full.
We have probably seen about 6 people hauling horses just this year with their heads sticking way out of the windows. I suppose we saw more this year because of the extreme heat we had this summer. Drives me bonkers...
Even worse than the dogs I see people hauling their kids loose in the back of a pickup... We are a tough seatbelt law state (Indiana) but I see no effort being placed on kids in the back of a truck.
I have a hard time getting upset about kids and dogs being hauled loose in the back of a truck. Something about being raised that way myself. We went everywhere in the back once the weather warmed up and the dog was right there with us. Heck, once we got off the pavement we would drop the tailgait and sit on it.
My trailer doesn't even give my horses the option to put their entire head out. The window/screen drop down but the bars are stationary. All they can do is barely stick their little noses out. I actually love turning left because I can usually see her nose and know she's doing alright =)
Their entire head sticking out would scare the "something" right out of me!! That's pretty horrible. Worse case scenarios always run through my head and there are too many aforementioned worst case scenarios. OP--you have my back on the disgust!
Dogs - had a dog when I was in college who loved trucks. As a young puppy, I let him ride around at 20 mph or so on dirt roads. He jumped out once, rolled, bawled for me to come get him (he was unhurt, just scared), and after that he KNEW to stay in.
Over the next 13 years, he road thousands of miles in the back of the pickup. If there was a toolbox, he'd ride on top of it. If we hauled hay, he'd find a way to the top and ride there. When I worked for the Division of Wildlife in Utah, the toolboxes came to within a few inches of the top of the cab, and he rode there.
I later went in the US Air Force, and he followed me to the Philippines & England and back. He was pushing 14 when he died, which is pretty respectable for a 100 lb dog.
I have never tried it with another dog. My current dogs sometimes ride in the back with the wife & daughter for the 1/2 mile trip to the desert - then they go run for 30 minutes or so. But we're on back roads and don't go above 25 mph. I would never trust them by themselves. But Chris? He knew.
He's NOT the Border Collie, but he DID love catching snowballs. He was 12 in the picture below:
NEVER seeen a horse trailered with his head sticking out. Never.
I haven't seen it yet while in motion, BUT, I've seen PLENTY of horses with their heads sticking out of their windows while the owner was filling up at the pump.
I don't let my dogs put their heads out of the window when the car is in motion--and my two 4 yo dogs LOVE to get in anybody's car/truck and go for a short/long drive. My dogs ALWAYS travel inside the cab bc sometimes, when I'm parked bc I'm hauling/cleaning on the farmette they will jump out the window.
IF I ever have this kind of trailer in the future my horses won't get to travel with their heads sticking out either. Right now, it's a moot point for me bc my trailer is a stock type, 4-horse slant load. They can't even put their hoof through the slats!
If you just travel safely, and give them breaks, they don't need this. Also, travelling at night can be a lot cooler, AND, you don't have to deal with as many of the little cars and their stupid, little drivers that cut you AND the semis off.
Yep, i've heard and SEEN people hauling with all of their horses heads sticking out the window! I've heard in the news about one time that people were hauling and a semi passed them and a VERY terrible thing happened to the horses.
I agree with things also hitting them in the eyes and face. (i put a flymask on my horse usually when hauling)
It is a very scary thing. Not to mention the horses that try to escape the trailer!
When I sarted to read this topic, I just could not imagine trailers (or Floats as we call them here) having windows big enough for a horse to stick its head out of - that was until I saw the video link. We do not have large windows in our floats and the ones that I do have on mine, all have bars on as well (though they are not big enough for a horse's head). I agree with you all, heads sticking out of windows is a receipe for disaster..
As for dogs, unfortunately it is custom and decades of habit in Australia that a man or woman in a ute has his/her pooch riding in the Tray. Though just recently a law was passed that any dog in the city riding in the back of a ute has to be tied or harnessed. It always makes me cringe seeing the dogs on the backs of utes flying down the highways - I have a ute and my dog travels in the car with me!!
I also have to make comment re the photo taken here in Australia of the Semi trailer carting a load of sheep - That Truck is 3 layered and the sheep on the top layer perch on the backs of other sheep due to overcrowding so thier little heads can be seen on top of the truck - the truck does have bars running accross the top, so they cannot jump out. But it is a terrible sight and unfortuately a common one on our Australian roads..