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  • 3 horse straight load trailers
  • Is there a correct side to load your horse in ?

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    04-12-2013, 01:21 PM
  #21
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Oh gee, that must've been scary!!! How tall is your mare???
It was! She's around 14.2hh
     
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    04-12-2013, 01:27 PM
  #22
Banned
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Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl    
It was! She's around 14.2hh
Oh! Little turkey decided she could slide right under there!!!!
     
    04-12-2013, 01:29 PM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
It is important that your trailer is balanced. Roads are graded to be high in the middle in order for rain to sheeth towards the shoulders. If you put her on the right side of the trailer (US, where the driver sits on the left), you will unbalance the trailer. If you cannot easily remove the divider, leave it in and secure everything as if the trailer was fully loaded with horses. Always tie bc you'll spook your horse if he/she puts the head down while in transport and gets it stuck. Yes, I've seen it happen.
Spend time training your horse to load forward and unload backing at the stable. I often talk to my horses and tell them when they will step down, with "and...Down" as the command. They pay attention, and yours will, too, with repetition. I will thrilled to see a program with Lynn Palm and discovered that she does the same thing.
Our first two horse strait load is just about ready to roll and I am wondering this^^ . What if I want to travel with just one horse?? My mare is over 1500 lbs and 17.2hh, , can I travel with her (alone) safely and does it matter which side??
Or trailer is extra tall, extra wide.
     
    04-12-2013, 01:48 PM
  #24
Showing
If you have a 2 horse side by side, always load a single horse on the drivers side of the trailer. I would never remove the center divider. I don't want the horse to shift her weight thus putting the trailer in a possible fishtail situation. I like knowing if my horse loses balance there is a nice padded divider they can lean on to right themself.
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    04-12-2013, 02:02 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
If you have a 2 horse side by side, always load a single horse on the drivers side of the trailer. I would never remove the center divider. I don't want the horse to shift her weight thus putting the trailer in a possible fishtail situation. I like knowing if my horse loses balance there is a nice padded divider they can lean on to right themself.
Thank you!!!
     
    04-12-2013, 02:03 PM
  #26
Trained
Nvr2many, One horse in a 2 horse straight load trailer should travel on the left side. If you have a slant load trailer, you load one horse in the very front for balance.
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    04-12-2013, 02:09 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
nvr2many, One horse in a 2 horse straight load trailer should travel on the left side. If you have a slant load trailer, you load one horse in the very front for balance.
Thank you!
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    04-12-2013, 02:30 PM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl    
Just wanted to say... I trailered my mare the other day with the divider in and the butt chain up. I opened the trailer door and unloaded the other horse first and my mare actually managed to get under the butt chain even WITH the divider in and came out underneath it, ripping some of her mane out in the process. Thank god she didn't get hurt! Definitely putting in an extra lower chain for the shorties like my mare.
Ya you really only need to see that backward limbo once.
     
    04-12-2013, 02:35 PM
  #29
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:::and to add. Wow, can I not spell straight, OMG! I am so embarrassed! Emphasis on the A$$, lol.
     
    04-12-2013, 02:45 PM
  #30
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I personally would leave it in. It will keep the horse from moving around and support them on corners. I have heard of horses moving around and causing the trailer to fishtail and cause an accidents from the weight shifting.
I would NEVER use a bungee tie, they will stretch and break and take out an eye in a heart beat if something happens and the horse pulls hard.
     

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