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    04-24-2013, 03:57 PM
For a nervous horse? Is your head divider solid of bars?

I have a solid one that cuts air movement and the horses can not see each other. My mare and gelding are very close and I DO think that not being able to see each other contributes to them being more nervous.

I'm thinking of having a welder make me a new one.

When I was looking at perhaps buying a new trailer and having it shipped to the Dominican Republic, these builders had a lot of good information. I'm NOT sure if this allowed so slap me if not. :)

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    04-24-2013, 06:04 PM
Take a ride in the trailer yourself like I did. My divider was made of steel rods which did allow better ventilation.
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    04-24-2013, 07:36 PM
If they come on and off easy enough, I suppose that's the easiest thing you could do. If they aren't easily removable I was think you could put louvers in them to allow air to escape. Would be super easy to do.
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    04-28-2013, 04:07 PM
Again great job on the trailer!!! Folks, this girl and her hubby completely did the refurb on this trailer. Amazing before and afters. ;) But like I said, as far as the sweating, I really attribute it to being nervous. It probably wouldn't hurt to at least take the back top doors down. That's how we traveled with ours in an identical old trailer in the middle of July from VA to TX. And our front window twirled open and closed so this way they had a breeze straight through. I know the ones on my new trailer project come off because the seller actually had to put them on for us to take it home. I'll probably leave them off once we finish our new paint job. Can't wait to hear how the next few trips go. I think y'all need to haul it to TX personally. ;)
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    04-28-2013, 05:00 PM
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Do the rear top doors not pin open?
    04-28-2013, 05:04 PM
OP? Progress report please.

Originally Posted by nvr2many    
Thank you! We are going to try it again today, with all windows and vents open. See how that goes and when making actual trips I am thinking we will take the top storm doors, I think they are called, OFF! I think my mare is nervous on top of it. Oh and I am in Oregon, can we say "rain"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have not heard what you have done, tried or going to do nor how your horses are loading/riding.

    04-28-2013, 06:29 PM
Green Broke
They look like the same hinges we have on our sundowner. Just pick up on the doors and they should just come right off.

We only leave our rear doors on for three or four months in the winter.

Also, I think, if you look real close, there are grease fittings on the top of each might give them a shot of grease....I usually put a drop of oil on them from time to time as well....if the door sticks it'll eventually break a hinge.
    04-28-2013, 06:58 PM
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Awe thank you mammakatja! You are so sweet!

Well the update is, we have not trailered again even for practice. Went riding three days in a row instead, lol.
We will be going to the coast on Wed. Going to open it all up, vents, windows and am thinking gunslinger and mammakatja are right, that the top doors come off. They only pin open to just keep them back, not flat on the sides. We would look like an airplane going down the road, lol. I would not want air catching them even flat to the sides going down the highway either tho.

Mammakatja has been so sweet, she and her husband bought a trailer that was very similar to ours and posted about it and well, since then she has been my cheerleader through our whole re-do, THANKS AGAIN!

Can't wait to roll on WED!!
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    05-02-2013, 05:54 PM
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Ok well, we did it! Took the horses to the coast on Wed. Opened the windows and the vents and they were great! No sweating at all! Was a good time. Thanks to everyone! If it gets hotter I will consider taking the top back doors off.
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    05-04-2013, 06:22 PM
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[QUOTE=Sereno;2331233]I had to look at a couple of things to try to keep my horses comfortable but safe. I tie our front feed doors open, hey secured in a bag so that stuff has less chance of getting into their eyes but I keep my speed down. Upper back doors off and side slide windows open. Top vent open all the time. I also installed two fans.... not that they work that well but they do help a little. When we have to stop I always look for shade.

This is one of the most dangerous things you can do, if the bungee breaks, comes undone, you will have a horse that has lost an eye, and the door springing back into head may cause you more problems.

Not to mention, having head out like this is a good way for one of them to hit something with their head too. Bees, signs, other vehicles hauling something that is sticking out.

You need to rethink this.
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