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    07-20-2011, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
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.
And typically, in horsey fashion, you can bubble wrap them all you want, but they're find the one millimeter of their body that's somehow become unwrapped and hurt that part somehow anyway!

I must say I'm on the list of "never used a head bumper" too. The only thing I do (on trips longer than an hour) is wrap my mare's legs to help her stabalize herself/avoid tendon injuries, but that's it. Easiest thing to do is what everyone else has said - just ask the guy how tall his trailer is ;)
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    07-20-2011, 02:36 PM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
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 ALWAYS haul my paint with helmet on. And my trailer is 7 ft. The reason behind she keeps her head very high (especially when excited) so basically can hit the roof (and it did happen in past). And no, hitting the roof did NOT teach her to keep it low - she forgets about it every single hauling (for 3 years already). I much rather invest in helmet, than let her injure self. And I'm not quite positive why is it a "problem". Horses are very different.
    07-20-2011, 03:06 PM
Kitten, my friend has a 14h Arabian who could hit his head on any trailer. It seemed like his life goal. He would load fine and seem to be unloading fine and just as he would be taking his front half out of the trailer he would go up and whack his head. Step or or ramp. Always did it.
    07-20-2011, 04:19 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Kitten, my friend has a 14h Arabian who could hit his head on any trailer. It seemed like his life goal. He would load fine and seem to be unloading fine and just as he would be taking his front half out of the trailer he would go up and whack his head. Step or or ramp. Always did it.
Exactly. Horses are all different. It's neither "intelligent" nor "unintelligent" to use a head bumper. It's what works for specific horse with horse's well-being in mind. It's waste of money if horse stays with head low, it's a smart move when it bumps the roof. I don't think one can really judge either.
    07-20-2011, 04:29 PM
I agree with you.
    07-20-2011, 10:31 PM
My former instructor's horse always wore a bumper when trailered & the goof would constantly bump his head. I must say, none of my horses ever did that. Anyways, I saw her last month at a show & I noticed she has a different horse & this guy has a bumper on too. I asked her does this guy bangs his head on the roof, yup & different trailer too. Hmmmmmm, I am scratching my head, me wonders?
    07-21-2011, 02:03 PM
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You're jumping to conclusions and making assumptions. Who's to say anything is going to happen in the first place? I've had my fair share in experiences with OTTB's, and I don't recall any hauling experience ending up as ellaborated as you've come up with.

What's your point? I'm pretty sure the person who owns the TB, is intelligent enough to haul the horse in the trailer he owns.
Yes, I am jumping to conclusions. But is it not better to do that, than to be sorry later? We do not know who this OTTB is or what his backround is. Yes, he could be a lovely animal, but he could easily also be monsterous in the trailer. I would think it is better to assume the latter. This way, injury risk can be minimized, and the chances of an easy, safe ride to his new home is high.

What is my point? I'm sorry, but did you read the OP's post? She is not using her own trailer, she's paying for services to bring him to her because he is three hours away. Three hours in a trailer is enough time for any horse to get into mischief or to get upset.

To everyone else.

When I made the comment concerning intellectuals and head bumpers, I was quoting MI Eventers :

Most intelligent people put head bumpers on their horses when trailering.
hence my putting intelligent in quotation marks. I am in full agreement as far as head bumpers go... we have never once used head bumpers for our horses (might have something to do with the fact that most of them are minis but...xD) and really don't see a huge need to. And I really do not see a horse manager at a racing stable taking time to strap one to an OTTB that isn't even his anymore, just in case. Most of them (from experience) don't give a rip what happens to the horse once it's out of their hands.

OP, everyone is right. If this is a reputable hauler, he most likely knows not to haul in a cattle trailer. Always good to double check though!

We haul in a stock trailer much like this one, good for cattle, goats, horses, sheep, etc- all of which we haul. It has two dividers, an open option, and two side doors. IMO it is perfectly acceptable to haul a horse in this, as it is 7' and designed to haul anything but maybe a giraffe :)

This is the stock trailer we are all against. At 6', it just really isn't safe for that long of a drive. Yes, they are still used with working horses, but that doesn't make it the best option.

I'll just assume that we all have the sense to know NEVER to haul with these ;)
    07-21-2011, 02:27 PM
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Ever watch animal cops Huston on animal planet? They use stock trailers to haul their horses. I see no problem in it along as it's not a cattle trailer. As well as, it's illegal to haul horses in 2 or more level stock trailers but people still do it iv seen it. Sugarcreek livestock auction in sugarcreek Ohio has a auction every Friday starting at noon. Meat buys still go there and I saw atleast 3 semis with 2 or 3 level stock trailers loading horses at the end of the auction. No doubt hauling to Mexico or Canada
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    07-21-2011, 02:34 PM
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Ya, the double deckers I can't stomach either, for horses.
    07-21-2011, 04:27 PM
I Trailer my horse in a stock trailer and he does fine. I allow him to travel untied so he can stand the way he is most comfortable. Which is usually but toward the back (smart boy let the rump take the stops)

I also always put a head bumper on...he once had a injury above his eye that needed stitches and a bad scrape on his forehead. I realise that a regular head bumper wouldn't have protected the eye area.

But the forehead and the HARD KNOCK he took to his poll (a very sensitive area filled with nerves) would have been much less damaging.

A friend of mine had to have a chiro out for her horse after he severly banged the top of his poll on the trailer and pinched a nerve. (very unhappy boy)

I now trailer with this! It protects over the eyes! And the poll!

It might look goofy...but I really don't care about my horse looking goofy, just being SAFE.

Equiface Face Saver see some of the injuries that it could have prevented!

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