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is it safe to load horses in a trailer without the truck attached

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    12-10-2012, 11:32 PM
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Too many risks and not very practical. You'll still end up taking the same amount of time generally. The only time I've ever had a horse load when the trailer was unhitched was when they were out in the yard and walked in themselves after I forgot to close the door...
     
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    12-11-2012, 10:49 PM
  #12
Foal
I wouldn't do it either. We have a bumper trailer and it moves around like crazy with just a human in it. It's not that hard to hook up a truck, I would do that!
     
    12-11-2012, 10:59 PM
  #13
Foal
I've read articles that don't recommend tying or loading to an unhitched trailer.
     
    12-11-2012, 11:04 PM
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Like this? Could they pull the trailer over? Probly. Will they? Im willing to bet they wont. My horses anyways. I don't see it any more risky then pulling em down the road. Can't keep em in em in a bubble.
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    12-11-2012, 11:16 PM
  #15
Weanling
To each their own, however I don't think I'd load a trailer not connected to the truck. I know the chances of something happening are really slim, but a trailer not connected is a trailer that does not have brakes applied, and does not have the benifit of an 8000lbs + truck hanging off it's hitch. I guess better safe then sorry :)
     
    12-11-2012, 11:16 PM
  #16
Trained
No if it a bumper pull, yes with my gooseneck
     
    12-11-2012, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Adam    
To each their own, however I don't think I'd load a trailer not connected to the truck. I know the chances of something happening are really slim, but a trailer not connected is a trailer that does not have brakes applied, and does not have the benifit of an 8000lbs + truck hanging off it's hitch. I guess better safe then sorry :)
Good gravy! What truck do you pull with that's curbing at 4ton?
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    12-18-2012, 08:48 PM
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I would that it is not safe. If the truck is not attached and you're loading, then the trailer will have a higher chance of sliding or moving. I would never load with a truck attached, it could be dangerous for both you and your horse.
     
    12-18-2012, 10:22 PM
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Once you shore it up, you'll be fine. I put bricks around the tires and 4X4s under the tail end of the frame so it won't move or see-saw. I have a 3 horse slant, very heavy and never had a problem with it moving. Don't know if I'd do it in a 2 horse straight load as they seem a little light.
     
    12-19-2012, 12:00 AM
  #20
Green Broke
No. I would not do that. Also I would not tie my horses to a trailer not hitched to a truck, theres an accident waiting to happen. I do not leave my trailer with the back lower, when not hitched, the tongue is lower to the ground.
     

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