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  • Step up vs ramp load horse trailers
  • Step up vs ramp load horse trailer

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    05-19-2009, 10:28 PM
No ramps I train all my horses to load into stock trailers even a high one isn't nearly as high as a horse can step up.
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    05-20-2009, 02:15 AM
Just because your horses can, does it mean they should hae to. I mean, if all other things equal, Id go for the ramp. Its just....better.
    05-20-2009, 04:47 AM
I like ramps. Id be afraid of the horse slipping under the trailer of a step up.
    05-20-2009, 05:38 AM
Originally Posted by Miss Katie    
I like ramps. Id be afraid of the horse slipping under the trailer of a step up.
I posted before that we practice our young ones with both types, but be aware that ramps get can slippery when wet and nervous horses tend to want to step off the side of the ramp also causing dangers similar to what you see in step-ups.

I really have no preference and trailers are, in general, a pretty dangerous place for horses and people (IMHO).

My (last) advice....if you have horses that are nervous loaders or not experienced, don't worry about ramp v. Step-up, but get the largest, roomiest, stock type trailer you can afford. They are much less claustrophobic and offer the most options for loading and placing the horses with dividers and keeping everyone safe. I have never had a problem loading any horse in a large 6 horse stock trailer, and the most problems with the very crowded, common 2 horse closed in horse trailers that have a manger and tack area.
    05-20-2009, 05:45 AM
I would prefer step up. With my Arabx he dosnt really float well and he rears at ramps so I use step ups. He nearly broke his leg on a ramp so I much much much prefer steps :)
    05-20-2009, 07:20 AM
Should my horses have to load if they can? Yes by all means they should.
    05-20-2009, 08:02 AM
Go for the ramp, I say. My mare is hard to load with a ramp. Take the ramp away and she refuses to go near the back of it. I think it's scarier. Even if your horses will load into a ramp-less, I'd go for ramp, who says you're not going to get a silly horse someday?! Haha.
    05-20-2009, 08:15 AM
Interesting question ... in SA we only have ramps... I so would go with what you know
    05-20-2009, 08:16 AM
I've had lots of silly horses over the years I just train them to load how I want. Some silly horses don't like ramps.
    05-20-2009, 08:42 AM
Originally Posted by county    
Should my horses have to load if they can? Yes by all means they should.
You know, it would be great if you can actually read a post before responding. I did not say your horses should not load.

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