So I'm going to pick up my new mare on Friday. She's a 5 year old average sized paint mare who has just been halter broke this week and knows nothing about trailers... yay :( . All I have for a trailer is my two horse bumper pull which made me extremely nervous about bringing her home and I have no other trailer to use. So upon inspecting it yesterday I noticed that the center divider is only held onto the trailer by two holes that the posts go thru in the bottom and a bolt in the back. I removed the center divider and made a butt strap to go acrossed the back. The chains are still on the front to hook her to tho I'm going to switch them with a tie that has a quick release on it just in case.
Is this a safe way to trailer her? And is it okay for the trailer not to have the center divider in it? Do you think having the center gone will make for an easier experience?
(The "butt bar" is a stiff nylon webbed material that is fairly tight across and has two large metal clasps on each end that would be extremely tough to break)