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  • Bum bars or chains
  • Best side to tow pony -double straight load float

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    04-12-2013, 03:37 PM
  #31
Green Broke
Nope. I have had two different horses pull back and break them. They didn't do anything but stretch, break and fall. I still don't like them and I am replacing them.
     
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    04-12-2013, 04:49 PM
  #32
Green Broke
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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.
only the door should have been open up the horse you were unloading I would be worried a lower chain might cause a different kind of accident
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    04-12-2013, 06:00 PM
  #33
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Personally, I leave the divider in, and I have bum BARS instead of chains, as they are more sturdy than chains.
The reason I will only ever use thick steel bum bars is that if I was to get into an accident where the float was to roll or tip over on to it's side, the bars are more likely to hold up without moving, whereas the chains, will either pull tight, or break, which will mean any horse(s) inside will be more prone to further injury, or being squashed by the other horse. A friend of mine had an accident not long ago where the tow vehicle ended up over the edge of a bank, and the float was rolled onto its side with two ponies inside the straight load float. It had bum chains, and as the float rolled over, the chain pulled tight and snapped, letting the divider fall on to the bottom pony with the other one on top.

The other reason I leave the divider in is that my horse anticipates corners... Here in NZ the biggest, or only horse, is loaded in to the right hand side, as that's the side closest to the center of the road. The day we bought Mitch home we opened the (borrowed) 2-horse straight load, to find that the divider wasn't there, we loaded him up anyway and started the drive home, only to find that he knew this amazing game... It was called "corners" and he would see the corner, step to that side of the float, and lean. And when I say lean I don't just mean a little bit, I really do mean LEAN. Like unbalance the float before we get to the corner lean. So he is now condemned to divided floats so he can only lean in one spot
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    04-12-2013, 06:23 PM
  #34
Green Broke
My divider is not held in my the chains. It has Pin bolts.
     
    04-12-2013, 07:41 PM
  #35
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Originally Posted by nvr2many    
My divider is not held in my the chains. It has Pin bolts.
Mine does too, I wouldn't change them for anything.
We did however, have to modify the divider itself because Mitch panicked one day, lent on the divider and somehow managed to unhook the front of it, leaving it swinging and hitting him in the shoulders until we pulled over like 2 seconds later. If it had just been chains in there, the divider would have fallen and probably caused more of an issue. So we modified the divider in a way to which it now can't be pulled out at the front until the bolts are undone.

The float that I borrowed only to find that the divider had been taken out, is a trailer used to transport race horses, and ****, you know when one of the race horses is in there, all you can here is the horse banging and crashing inside on the way up the road, quite scary. But because of that, the guy had an extra long bum bar made up, so that when he takes the divider out, he just has one long bar at the back so his horses don't rush out.
     
    04-12-2013, 07:47 PM
  #36
Showing
@ HollyBubbles! Good leaning Mitch story
     
    04-12-2013, 07:55 PM
  #37
Weanling
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
only the door should have been open up the horse you were unloading I would be worried a lower chain might cause a different kind of accident
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I have a door that drops down into a ramp - it's not possible to open only one side.
     
    04-12-2013, 07:56 PM
  #38
Weanling
I've actually started just taking down both butt chains before I drop the gate... I HATE to let her get into the habit of getting out before I ask, but it's better than her hurting herself I guess.

I don't tie for that reason too
     
    04-12-2013, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl    
I've actually started just taking down both butt chains before I drop the gate... I HATE to let her get into the habit of getting out before I ask, but it's better than her hurting herself I guess.

I don't tie for that reason too
Mitch used to bowl on out of the float, but eventually I got sick of his crap and stuck him in the float, got to my destination, and left him in there. Tied up with the ramp shut. I waited till he had sorted himself out, then untied his head, and let the ramp down, bum bars still up. Then waited till he had sorted himself out again, at which point I opened the bum bars and let him out of the float.

You may be worried about your horse hurting herself, but when 700kg of fatass comes flying at you when your still in the process of opening the ramp, what would you rather? You being flattened, or your horse having a hissy fit and learning from it? :) I know what I would rather, even if it comes out with a bit of a vet bill.
     
    04-12-2013, 08:33 PM
  #40
Weanling
That's true! And I've actually been doing that - leaving her to stand and paw and wiggle around... then once she settles, I drop the ramp (butt chains down though because apparently she can squeeze herself under them....) then I continue talking to her and scratching her butt for at least a minute before finally asking her to back up. She hasn't started rushing out of the trailer yet except for that one incident, thank god... I'm mostly practicing prevention right now!
     

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