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post #41 of 43 Old 04-08-2014, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
... So that would mean removing the matting and jacking up the trailer for a better look under it if the inspector wants to go that far so the horses would need to be removed. Either hold them or tie off to the side of the trailer or whatever else is available.
My apologizes, I may have missed this but where would they do this? Is it just on the side of a road your travelling on? I just see that as an accident and law suit waiting to happen: What happens if the horse(s) are untrained? What happens if the horse(s) get loose and run in front of traffic? What happens if the horse(s) won't load again - does the inspection just drive off and leave you stranded? Would they only do this if horses were in the trailer and if not what if its loose animals like cattle or sheep? (Most of these are rhetorical questions - I wouldn't expect an answer however I'll read someone's speculations if they are offered)
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post #42 of 43 Old 04-09-2014, 03:58 PM
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Doesn't happen where I live either, we are not required to pull into weigh stations. But a cop could pull you over and do an inspection if they wanted to but then they can also pull your car over and do an inspection too. In reality neither happen.

I am willing to bet in states that do require livestock haulers to pull in have a better chance to be inspected. In my case all they've ever asked for is brand inspection and proof of negative coffins.
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post #43 of 43 Old 04-09-2014, 05:36 PM
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The only time I have ever had to stop was going over a state line, & had to show Coggins, health certificates & brand inspections. Nobody cared where I came from, where I was going to, or how long I had been on the road. On that trip, though I had a an F-250,pulling a 4-horse stock trailer, w 1 small horse & 1 small donkey in it. Coming from CA to AZ, (another trip/but w/only a 1/2 ton) I had all my paperwork , but there was no place that said to stop. Now going into CA is another story-& the Coggins is only good for 6 months not the year most states give you. So taking my new horses back to ride on my favorite trails probably won't happen.

It is always good to have more torque than you need & more stopping power when hauling livestock-they can do crazy things back there in that trailer! And you never know when you will need 4WD! It can really come in handy.
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