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post #21 of 57 Old 07-20-2011, 12:51 AM
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Cattle trailer, no, stock trailer yes. Open stock trailer is the unsung hero of all trailers. Teach a young horse to load in one of those (they rarely refuse) & you probably will never have a loading issue. All of my horses never, ever had loading issues, all were trained to load in the open stock trailer. Even one horse I acquired as a 5 yr old who refused to get into straight haul or a slant load, loaded quite well into a open stock. No kicking issues, scrambling, nuttin', ever.
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I think a lot of the debate in this thread comes from a misunderstanding of the various types of "stock" trailer, and I suspect some folks have never seen the old type of cattle trailer that SR and others are objecting to.

I would not haul a horse, particularly a TB straight off the track, in an old fashioned *cattle* trailer. Lots and lots of *combo* trailers, that are called "stock" trailers, are absolutely fine, and yes, the difference is the headroom.

I hauled for years in a standard 16' stock designed for both horses and cattle, and it hauled like a dream. Like the previous poster, I found it much easier to teach horses to load in one and many horses who were bad haulers in a two horse hauled fine in it.

My brother-in-law who runs a beef cattle business has a "stock" trailer that you'd be happy to haul a horse in. I don't see many of the old style, short cattle trailers any longer, most folks have gone to the taller, combo type as they are much more versatile.

To the OP - I'd be willing to bet money that a professional transport person has the all-purpose type stock trailer that is fine, even preferred, for horses. Interestingly enough, it was professional haulers who first understood how pratical and useful stock trailers were and popularized their use. Back in the day when I was a junior, everyone hauled in the big Frank Imperatore vans or two horse bumper pull Hartmans. Then stock trailers were popular, and now slant loads.
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I never heard the term stock combo before hearing it from SR several months back. OP, do not ask the trailer owner if they have a stock combo trailer and expect them to know what you are asking them. I highly doubt I am unique in not knowing what that term meant/means.

I have used what I call a stock trailer for lots of years now. I have hauled everything from a yearling loose to show a horse that is closer to the 17h side than he is to 16h. Though I admit the trailer is a little low for that horse but being a solid citizen with a been there done that attitude (and level conformation) he hauled comfortably.
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I understand this. However, not many 'intelligent' horse people remain these days, and I very rarely see horses with head bumpers on anymore, and have only seen one or two ottbs wearing one. It is a good idea but is not always used. And even with a head bumper, the ottb can still scare itself when it collides with the metal, can it not?
In all the years at show and such I have never seen anyone use a head bumber. Generally those that use them have already had a problem
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In all the years at show and such I have never seen anyone use a head bumber. Generally those that use them have already had a problem
I second that.

I am not against head bumpers, I think they do serve a great purpose. I just do not think it is fair to say you are not intelligent if you are not using one.
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In all the years at show and such I have never seen anyone use a head bumber. Generally those that use them have already had a problem
We don't use them on our horses, but we've taken the time to work with the horses so they are comfortable and relaxed about being in the trailer. If I had a horse that I was unsure about how it was in the trailer, I might be inclined to use one until I had time to work with the horse.

In reading this thread, I think there is a lot of misunderstanding about stock trailers and livestock(cattle) trailers. At least that's what I've always called them. A livestock trailer is one you see pulled behind a semi.


These I've only seen haul horses as a kill truck, going to slaughter. I would never haul a horse in one.

This is what I would call a stock trailer.

Usually they are completely open inside but may have dividers. Also, they usually don't have a tack/storage room. I wouldn't have any problem hauling a horse a long distance in one of these. We did haul 3 horses across North Dakota in one that was a gooseneck. We, and the horses, had no problems doing it. Our 2H slant some would call a stock trailer because the sides are similar to one, being open like them.

Some people might not like to use them because of the open sides where debris could hit the horse. I've done a fair share of hauling, even down gravel roads, and have't had a horse injured from flying debris.

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Usandpets, they do make tag along (pull behind a normal truck) trailers that are designed for shorter animals. Heck, I saw one at Farm Days that even I had to bend over in.
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I am not against head bumpers, I think they do serve a great purpose. I just do not think it is fair to say you are not intelligent if you are not using one.
Thank you. I agree with this...for obvious reasons.
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Usandpets, they do make tag along (pull behind a normal truck) trailers that are designed for shorter animals. Heck, I saw one at Farm Days that even I had to bend over in.
Yup-I have seen them too. Typically with Minis, goats, sheep. There are different heights of EVERY kind of trailer. Shoot-I have an extra tall (also called a TB, btw) bumper pull. It also happens to be extra wide, because my horse is......

I have also hauled in a stock trailer-the common one we see the most, which is fine for horses.

OP-I would make sure the trailer is tall enough. As far as Head Bumpers-only place I have ever seen them is in the catalog. Sure, we can wrap our horses in bubble wrap if we want, but if they get scared, bump their heads (even WITH a bumper) they will still not be so quick to get in next time.

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Usandpets, they do make tag along (pull behind a normal truck) trailers that are designed for shorter animals. Heck, I saw one at Farm Days that even I had to bend over in.
I've seen a trailer that was designed for minature horses. I've also seen foals and minatures hauled in full size stock trailers. The point I was trying to get accross was that when some (me included) hear cattle or livestock trailer, they think of the first picture, which would be unsuitable for a full size horse.

When I hear stock trailer, I think of the second picture.

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