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  • Why do some horse trailers have half tops

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    07-16-2013, 06:02 PM
  #11
Green Broke
We have a 2 horse slant load and have hauled 3 horses squeezed in there. I won't do it for a long distance but will for a half hour to an hour. Of course, our horses get along so they are fine with it.
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    07-16-2013, 06:47 PM
  #12
Trained
We do it like smrobs does. Throw them in together in our stock trailer, never had issues, even when hauling horses that were not our own. Even when we had a real horse trailer with dividers, I hated them and pulled them out and hauled like it was a stock trailer.

As far as how many you can get into a stock trailer depends not only on length but also inside width as trailer vary in width. We have a 24' X 7' stock trailer, 4' of it is tack room and we can get easily get 5 or 6 horses in, maybe another or two if we head and tailed them.

I have no issues with the open tops or half top trailers, the half tops are fairly popular in TX from what I seen and we took an old Charmac, cut half the top off, and built a cage/frame for the back half, and lifted it 3" for a brush beater trailer. The pic below shows what it looked like half way through the renovation. I liked that little trailer! Didn't like it when it rained and my horse was in the back though..LOL
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    07-17-2013, 02:07 AM
  #13
Yearling
@verona: How much does it weigh about?
     
    07-17-2013, 02:11 AM
  #14
Trained
I had an open stock trailer, but I had a bossy mare I was afraid would kick, so my hubby welded hinges and frame gate and it worked great.
     
    07-17-2013, 03:30 AM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ponyluver420    
@verona: How much does it weigh about?
I'm not actually sure. I left it at the dealer to get some tie rings added on, but I'll check when I pick it up this weekend. IIRC the empty weight should be listed on it's ID plate.
     
    07-17-2013, 09:28 AM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ponyluver420    
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!
Then why have a trailer ? That's the whole prupose of having a trailer , to take them on the highway. If I had to move a horse a few miles Id just ride them. Why go through all the expense of repairing , maintaining, tags, and still not have a trailer you can put on a road ? If it aint safe to pull on blacktop at 55mph I don't see why it would be save to pull on a dirt road at 25,
     
    07-21-2013, 12:53 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
I'm not actually sure. I left it at the dealer to get some tie rings added on, but I'll check when I pick it up this weekend. IIRC the empty weight should be listed on it's ID plate.
The ID plate only listed the GVWR (max weight it's rated to), not the empty weight. The dealer didn't have it listed on his information sheet, either, but guesstimated it was around 3200 lb. I wish I had a more accurate number, but I doubt I'm going to go through the hassle of finding a scale anytime soon
     

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