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    08-21-2011, 06:13 PM
  #1
Foal
Thoughts on trailer?

Me and my mom are considering buying a trailer and a truck to tow it, we haven't really seriously looked but this trailer popped up when I was browsing on craigslist:

2 Horse BP trailer 1992

What are your thoughts on it? My first thought is that it is pretty old and possibly too small for our taller gelding, he's around 16hh, what is generally considered 'too old' for a trailer? All we really need is a two horse, it doesn't have to have a dressing room. We want one that is steel and a stock trailer or a straight load would be fine. Any suggestions for places to look would be great, thanks! I plan on asking my current instructor her opinion too and seeing if she'll come out with us to look at any trailers we're interested in since she knows way more about them then we do. Thanks!!
     
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    08-21-2011, 07:26 PM
  #2
Weanling
If your horse is 16hh, it's a good idea to get a trailer that's at least 7' tall, so he doesn't bang his head. Taller also usually goes with longer, so he will have plenty of room to stretch out and balance like he needs to. I would also ask to make sure the floors are good...sometimes they start to rot under the mats. If you go to see it, measure the inside at make sure it's tall enough, and check under the mats that the floors don't look splintered, rotting, or overly stained. Also a saddle rack in the tack room is always useful. Looks like a decent trailer though.
     
    08-21-2011, 09:54 PM
  #3
Yearling
I had one similar in size. It has a really short wheel base which causes a rougher ride. It is narrow and shorter in height as well. My horses were difficult to load in mine. I switched to an open stock and they loaded almost immediately. Me personally, I would keep looking. Sorry, just my two cents.
     
    08-22-2011, 02:55 PM
  #4
Foal
No need to apologize! I appreciate hearing both good and bad things, better to find out now than after we buy it. I think a stock trailer would be a better option too, I can't seem to find any though :/ me and my mom are going to go to a place that sells used trailers this week, hopefully we'll find something nice there!
     
    08-22-2011, 09:05 PM
  #5
Weanling
Good luck. :)
     
    08-26-2011, 07:17 PM
  #6
Trained
You rarely have problems loading & hauling horses in a stock trailer. Keep looking until you find one. Those old straight hauls are bad news for the most part. One good thing I can say about them - dang easy to back up & park on a dime.
     
    08-26-2011, 07:22 PM
  #7
Started
The other great thing about those dark, small, 2 horse straight loads? If your horse will load in those they will load into ANYTHING! We have a small 2H straight load (although I usually just take the center divider out) but my horses will load into it like champs which means I never have to worry about them not loading.
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    08-26-2011, 07:48 PM
  #8
Trained
I agree with the stock trailer comments...you can't beat them. Be patient looking for a trailer. Around here, people tend to really hold on to their trailers and when they do wind up in the used lot, they go very fast. I've known many people that would call the used trailer places every few days to see what has come in.
     
    08-27-2011, 02:28 AM
  #9
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Those old straight hauls are bad news for the most part.

Can you please explain this comment?

Obviously if the trailer is not well maintained with floor in good shape etc. then that would be a problem.
But there is nothing wrong with a well maintained older straight load trailer, nothing at all.
     
    08-27-2011, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
You rarely have problems loading & hauling horses in a stock trailer. Keep looking until you find one. Those old straight hauls are bad news for the most part. One good thing I can say about them - dang easy to back up & park on a dime.
Not sure where to start.

Stock trailers are great, I have one. But you can not just buy a stock trailer. You have to make sure it is tall enough for a horse. Lots of stock trailers are not tall enough for a horse. So simply saying stock trailers rock is not totally accurate.

Not sure what is wrong with straight load trailers, old or new.

A trailer being easy to back up has nothing to do with it being a straight load or a slant load or a stock trailer. It has to do with length and wheel location.
     

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