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    12-10-2010, 12:23 PM
Trailer w/o ramp

We just got a 2 horse trailer. We were on a tight budget and came across a good deal. But this trailer doesn't have a ramp or divider (it has a swinging door), the front doors are not in good shape--some denting and they need new latches. We paid $400 for it. (It is 10ft long from inside front to inside back) The floor is great as is the main body.

We'll only be pulling one horse for now, but may get another in the future. I'm worried we are going to have trouble not having a ramp. We are very new to horses and don't know how we should try getting Tucker off the trailer. We've never hauled a horse before. It's very low to the ground. How should we load and unload him? (He is good and should do what we want, but I can't see him backing off if he can't feel the ground.) Should I try to get some sort plywood to use as a ramp?

Will he be ok with no divider? What if I get another horse, would I have to get a divider?

THis is my first post here, I'm new to horses and looking for a good forum to get info from. We have milk goat/cattle/a commercial chicken farm, but equine are totally new to us. The horse will be here Christmas, and we just got a super sweet baby donkey.

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    12-10-2010, 12:38 PM
I've never had a ramp. Most horses aren't crazy about them. They'll get into and off a step up much more readily than a trailer with a ramp.

As far as what your horse will or won't do, all it takes is training.

The trailer sounds as if it might be a converted stock, especially if it has only one door that swings to the side. If that's the case, it might not have been manufactured to have a divider.

You can take it to a trailer place to determine whether or not a divider can be put into it, but until you get another horse, there's no reason to have one. Your horse will actually prefer having more room.
    12-10-2010, 12:48 PM
Well, yay!

I've been worrying over this for days and for no reason. Someone I know told me that horses won't back off a trailer if they can't feel a ramp under their feet. It is very low to the ground.

It isn't a converted stock trailer, the divider was removed by the previous owner for some reason, he didn't have it anymore to put it back.

I saw that a ramp was one of the things that couldn't be lived without in a previous thread here and thought I was in trouble...
    12-10-2010, 12:50 PM
Welcome to the forum!

The divider is not a problem until you want to pull with two horses - and even then, it may not be. As for the ramp, as SR said, most horses prefer not to have one.

Horses can see behind and will feel for the bar. What you should expect is your horse "bunching up" as he is feeling for the ground. Just encourage him to move back and he will get the hang of it. I've never had a horse that didn't like step up trailers.
    12-10-2010, 01:00 PM
I have had several horses that backed off of a trailer with out a ramp perfectly fine. The first couple of times they were hesitant but soon go the hang of it. I now use a larger stock trailer and don't have to back out, but sometimes I do just for mine to get use to the step down.

When they get to the point of "stepping down" say a word like "step down" and they will learn that is the cue for feeling the step.

    12-10-2010, 01:02 PM
Originally Posted by Porch Swinger    
Someone I know told me that horses won't back off a trailer if they can't feel a ramp under their feet. It is very low to the ground.
I've had horses for 32 years, and never once have had a problem with a horse refusing to get off a trailer without a ramp.

If he's not used to a step up it'll take him a time or two to get the hang of it, but he'll be fine.

Originally Posted by Porch Swinger    
It isn't a converted stock trailer, the divider was removed by the previous owner for some reason, he didn't have it anymore to put it back.
Oh, then no problem. Any trailer place should be able to find or fit a divider for your trailer. I was just concerned it had been manufactured without a divider, and didn't have the hook ups for one.

My trailer was missing its divider when I got it, and since I tend to only haul one horse at a time, I've never needed one.
    12-10-2010, 01:23 PM
Welcome to the Forum!

I don't have a ramp and don't have problems. In fact number of people told me horses load in/out BETTER without one. Plus those ramps are so heavy (I used my neighbor's trailer couple times) that I always afraid to drop it on my toe.

As for traveling together it's very much depends on horse. Many horses are OK to travel side by side tied next to each other, no divider needed. My qh really hates to have another horse close by - she prefers to have trailer for herself.
    12-10-2010, 01:27 PM

You guys are so friendly. That's isn't all too common these days.

I'm sure I'll have plenty more questions once the horse gets here. Meanwhile, do you have any book recommendations?
    12-10-2010, 01:32 PM
Book recommendations concerning what?
    12-10-2010, 01:43 PM
Horse care?

We don't really know anything, I don't really have any specific questions, just needing to do some reading.

I have Storey's Horse Training book, the Pony Club handbook for my dd, and a Clinton Anderson Horsemanship book.

Just needing the basics.

I guess I should start a new thread in a more appropriate place.

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