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    07-15-2013, 01:08 AM
Talking Trailer type questions

SoI have a few quick questions about trailer types!

So with stock trailers, is there a way to create/add dividers? I sound really unexperienced asking that, but have been looking at some of them, and not all have dividers. When trailering multiple horses I couldn't imagine not having dividers, and they are usually rated for like 4 horses, so was kinda wondering about that.

My other question is if anyone has info about open top trailers? Browsing craigslist, I saw a trailer with a cage-top (i can post pics) being advertised as a "open top Roy Rogers trailer" and was curious if anyone has had experience with these.


Here are the pics of the open-top trailer. I'll assume we all know what a stock trailer looks like!

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    07-15-2013, 01:39 AM
Green Broke
I think a good welder could probably put in dividers. How much it would cost is the question

As for the open top, no way I'd put my horse in that and take it on the highway!
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    07-15-2013, 01:44 AM
Yea, right now if I were to get a trailer I would only use it for light use on non highway roads for short stretches. (several miles).
It would seem pretty sketch on a highway though!
    07-15-2013, 01:49 AM
Green Broke
Yes as Verona stated - a welder could make some dividers for a stock trailer, if required. You may find some of the newer stock trailers actually do have a divider or two in them as standard equipment.

With regard to that trailer, it does look similar to the trailer Roy Rogers used in the movie "Under California Skies" in 1940 something. That particular one looks small and may be a tight fit for anything over 14.2 hands; it also looks like it's got some age on it which means a very careful structural inspection should be made; and the open roof concept is not a safe way to go as it doesn't protect the horse from the elements, flying debris, etc. (and I don't even want to think what would happen to horses if there was some sort of accident).
    07-15-2013, 02:19 AM
One other question about stock trailers: how many feet long to how many horses can fit? As in, if my trailer is 14' long, how many horses can I put in it? (safely of course )
    07-15-2013, 01:08 PM
ANd are dividers required when hauling multiple horses?
    07-15-2013, 01:38 PM
Green Broke
It depends on the trailer and the horses. A 14' stock trailer might fit 4 horses but probably 3 comfortably. If there is a tack room or storage in front, then probably just 2.

Dividers are not required but they are nice if you have two horses that don't get along.
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    07-15-2013, 01:51 PM
We have a 16' stock trailer and can comfortably put in 4 average sized horses (1100 pounds, give or take). We have the normal single divider that runs straight across the trailer halfway up but we very seldom use it. Whenever we have to haul multiple horses, we just load them in a slant position and tie them in (usually fully tacked as well).

If we have one horse that's not familiar with the others or if one horse has a behavioral issue, we just re-arrange what order we put them in. Never had a problem doing it that way.

As for the open top, I won't use one. Though I would have less problem with the one you posted than some others I've seen, I would still be really leery about using it. Like others have said, it doesn't protect them from the elements and, while it's head would likely have protection from flying debris, there would be no real protection in an accident.
    07-15-2013, 02:00 PM
Green Broke
We do it the same way smrobs does. We have a 30ish foot stock trailer that is completely open. I can fit 10 horses in it if I slant load them. It has 3 dividers and you can put 2 horses in each divider facing forward.

I've always had open top trailers. It's just what we had and could afford. It's also what most of the ranchers down here use.
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    07-16-2013, 04:15 PM
Green Broke
I just got a 14' stock configured as a 2H slant with a tack room. Both stalls are really roomy; you could probably fit 3 average QH's back there without the divider, but I don't think I'll ever try that.

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