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post #41 of 45 Old 04-12-2013, 08:37 PM
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Just a tip, I always tie a hay bag up in front of them. That keeps them happy inside the trailer until I'm ready for them to come out. As long as their hay bag is full they will stay in there all day. Even for just a short trip, they get a nummy hay bag. Mine are all piggy wiggys, that may have something to do with it.

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post #42 of 45 Old 04-12-2013, 08:42 PM
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With regard to using chains in lieu of butt bars, I have used two techniques for protection. I believe that either a chain or a bar provides extra security on the off chance that a door comes open when travelling and it also prevents a horse from rushing back as soon as the back door is open.

In the straight load, I slid agricultural hose over the chains and then put on the clips/snaps (one side has a panic snap on it). The hose is black in colour, sturdy and stiff but with some flexion - it acts like a safety shield and consequently there is nothing to scrape the horses. It can be purchased from any agricultural store that deals in hydraulic equipment, etc., or chances are (if you're on a farm) there are clean scrap pieces left over from other projects.

In the slant load, I used pipe insulation and my favourite tool - duct tape plus regular clip on one end and panic snap on the other. Pipe insulation is dark grey in colour, is made from thick foam type material (it's meant to insulate water pipes in houses, etc., to prevent freezing) and much more flexible than the hose. I used that for this one as the chain is a lot longer and it's easier to manage. You need to do a wrap of duct tape at the ends and a couple of places in the centre as the insulation has a seam in it (so it can wrap around a connected pipe) and it would come off otherwise. Once it's taped up, it provides good scrape protection from the chain.
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post #43 of 45 Old 04-13-2013, 05:44 PM
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I don't know about your trailer but my divider went to the floor. For a longer horse we (two person job) moved the rear of the divider over to the far wall. This permitted the horse to stand diagonally but not attempt to get sideways.
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post #44 of 45 Old 04-13-2013, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco View Post
Just a tip, I always tie a hay bag up in front of them. That keeps them happy inside the trailer until I'm ready for them to come out. As long as their hay bag is full they will stay in there all day. Even for just a short trip, they get a nummy hay bag. Mine are all piggy wiggys, that may have something to do with it.
I quit doing that after a very good trainer nearby used haybags on a 2 hour journey to HOY, and got there only to find one of her prized horses had choked to death on it's hay on the way there, after not being able to dislodge the blockage because the chest bar stopped him from putting his head down. So my horses learn the hard way without treats I will give them a handful of hay at any stops we make, but they aren't allowed to have hay bags while travelling in my float :)

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post #45 of 45 Old 04-13-2013, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
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.
I've been told to put a single horse in the middle of a slant load trailer if it's a 3 horse or larger. I've trailed my gelding several times in the middle with no issues.
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