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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Stock trailers here in Texas are not any larger thany anywhere else. What you're seeing, gigem- is head room if the horse is standing with it's head equal to or slightly above the withers. Most roping/cattle horses (which is a 99% guarantee what you are seeing if they're in stock trailers) are trained to keep their heads low and relaxed. You are forgetting a very large detail though.
The OP's horse is an OTTB. Now I'm not discounting thoroughbreds, but many OTTBs are fairly...well...rough- in the trailers. Ofcourse, OP's horse could very well be a gentleman in the trailer, but since she doesn't know for sure- it is ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry.
That being said, lets assume that whilst in the trailer, OTTB gets spooked, and his head comes flying up in normal fashion. Lets also assume that this trailer is 6'6, or even 6'8. This would give the horse only 16-18 inches of room to bring his head above his withers. The average horse can draw his head over two and a half feet higher than his withers. And that is with all four feet on the ground. Lets also say that when OTTB jerks his head (or half rears, jumps, etc) he hits his head on the metal roof. Now he most likely ATLEAST has a bruise, possibly worse, and is now scared out of his wits. What is he going to do? Either leap forewards, rear, or kick- all three bad things in a short stock trailer.
Wouldn't it be better to just have a 7'+ HORSE (stock or normal) trailer, and get rid of that possibility almost completely? OTTB has been through enough of a transition, why add more risks of injury?
I stand by Speedracer on this one. She was not in any way 'snooty.' If anyone is, it would be you. She blantly stated the facts, and even made a move towards being friendly, congradulating OP. You, however, called her out for no reason, then started to make a big stink because she was in the right.
I'm sorry gigem, thats not how we roll.
To the OP- as stated, congradulations on the OTTB! They make fine horses once we get them to understand the definition of 'trot' and 'canter'! What kind of track records does he have, and what do you plan to do with him now? =]
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