Practice Trailer Loading...Without truck attached?

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    08-11-2012, 01:06 AM
Practice Trailer Loading...Without truck attached?

I have a small stock trailer that almost looks like this:

I wanted to do some trailer loading exercises with my horse tomorrow and I was talking to a friend and she showed me a cool video about trailer loading.

But I noticed in the trailer loading video the person had a stock trailer (like one mentioned above) but without a truck attached to the trailer.

Isn't it dangerous to do? I'm not sure, but if the trailer is small and not long does that make a difference?

Anyways, whats your opinion on this? Would you do trailer exercises with a small trailer and not have a truck attached?

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    08-11-2012, 01:16 AM
Nope, never. Way to dangerous.. When the horse puts his weight on the back of the trailer it puts it in situation in which the trailer could very easily flip. Try putting a big heavy couch or 800 lb thing in the back of the trailer (if you are really that interested) and see how the trailer moves, and then imagine a (possibly) heavier thing moving around and shifting its weigh. Smaller is usually worse because they are lighter and so the weight is more likely to move the trailer. Also, what if your horse starts stomping around? Without the truck there attached to the trailer.. Its very unsafe.
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    08-11-2012, 01:16 AM
I would never put a horse into a trailer without being on a truck. The trailer could bounce and roll and that's not going to be a very positive loading experience. Not only could you or your horse get hurt it could wreck the jack stand on the trailer if it were to move and possibly drop the front of the trailer into the ground.
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    08-11-2012, 02:18 AM
Thanks for the replies!
    08-11-2012, 08:30 AM
I'll go against the grain and say that I've done this for years with 2 horses in our similar stock trailer and the trailer doesn't lift, tip, or move with it jacked to the height where it would be hitched. I've also had round bales (~800 lbs) all the way in the rear and it doesn't tip it either.
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    08-11-2012, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
I would never do it, I don't even tie a horse to a trailer without it hooked to a vehicle.

Why take the chance?
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    08-11-2012, 09:54 AM
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Actually, all you have to do is make sure your trailer is fully braced/blocked so that the back of the trailer doesn't sink down with the horse's weight in it. I have blocks that fit securely under the rear of the trainer and I have all four wheels chocked.

While I usually do my trailer training in a gooseneck, I sometimes have to train in a clients personal trailer when they are not there to hitch up.
    08-11-2012, 12:42 PM
Green Broke
I've done trailer training without truck attached. As Allison Finch mentioned, blocking the trailer and chocking the wheels is key. I parked the trailer on a level and firm piece of ground then I chocked front and back wheels on both sides; I put blocks under left and right hand sides of the back of the trailer and just behind the hitch on the front of the trailer. The blocks were solid and very sturdy made with 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 construction and the chocks were 4 x 4s with a 45 angle cut into them to snug up to the wheels.
    12-09-2012, 03:14 AM
A person at my barn wanted to do this with my trailer and was begging and I basically told them "FINE but if your horse gets hurt or my trailer breaks you WILL be buying me a BRAND NEW TRAILER and I am NOT responsible for your stupidity or your horse getting hurt..." Thankfully all went well. My trailer is also a huge 4 horse stock with a ramp. The horse was an Appendix. I could safely load my 1400 pound mare up without it attached but I would never take that chance with my horse... It would be a bit different if it was 200 pound foal or something.
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    12-09-2012, 09:36 AM
I did this with my 2 horse bp, 2 axle stands on plywood at rear frame corners, raise the front with the tounge jack and set it on 2 axle stands on plywood on outside of front frame. It was as solid as a rock, just make sure your base is good.

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