Worst nightmare, hole in trailer floor! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 448
• Horses: 1
Exclamation Worst nightmare, hole in trailer floor!

Wanted to share with you guys, because I know you'll understand how horrified I was yesterday. Total near miss for what could have been unspeakably bad!!

My husband and I had driven to Tucson (2.5 hours away) with my horse in my 2 horse slant. The plan was to pick up a new purchase and leave my guy at an Equine Therapy facility to learn a new job. Unfortunately, the other horse had some issues in the PPE, so I took Mick and headed home. We stopped quick to pick something up I bought off of Craig's List, and I unloaded Mick to give him water and a break from being in the trailer (it was pretty hot). Before I put him back in, I went to get his hay net to refill and when I stepped back, the floor was squishy and I almost went through!

I pulled up the mats, and found this!

I just had the boards checked at a trailer place AND did an inspection about 2 weeks ago. The floor is matted, but this is where the mats meet, so there would have been NOTHING to prevent him from falling into the hole, which was easily big enough to swallow his whole leg. Still gives me chills to think about!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg floor1.jpg (63.5 KB, 613 views)
File Type: jpg floor2.jpg (63.4 KB, 609 views)
f350girl likes this.
MicKey73 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 11:49 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: ND
Posts: 645
• Horses: 0
Very scary. I would give whoever checked it a piece of my mind. When you go to replace the floor, you should consider Rumber composite plastic or Durock cement board. They will not rot from the moisture.
Posted via Mobile Device
Corporal likes this.
CCH is offline  
post #3 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 11:56 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,441
• Horses: 0
Hopefully this serves as a reminder for everyone to pull up their mats often and check the floorboards before trailering. I know I will be!
f350girl likes this.
equiniphile is offline  
post #4 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 448
• Horses: 1
We were lucky enough to be about 20 minutes from Bishop's trailers and they were amazing. Fixed the wood and some welding for us to get us back on the road. At that point we were stuck 3+ hours from home. Not sure if you can see in the pics, but the boards weren't rotten. He's never pee'd in there, and I'm obsessive about keeping it clean. The boards just broke! Trust me, I'll be researching floor materials now!
Posted via Mobile Device
MicKey73 is offline  
post #5 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 12:14 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 390
• Horses: 2
Originally Posted by CCH View Post
Very scary. I would give whoever checked it a piece of my mind. When you go to replace the floor, you should consider Rumber composite plastic or Durock cement board. They will not rot from the moisture.
Posted via Mobile Device
CCH, can you site your source regarding using Durock cement products for horse trailer flooring? I've worked with durock in the past, and I would be hesitant to use it in a horse trailer environment, the floor boards in a trailer need to be able to flex to some extent, which I don't think Durock is designed to do. Also, when you have an 1100 pound horse standing on it a few good pot holes could cause the board to shatter. However, if they have a pdf out there somewhere saying its a great product to use, I'd love to see it because you are correct, it would be very resistant to moisture.

Palomine likes this.
Adam is offline  
post #6 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 12:15 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,482
• Horses: 2
Reminds me of a trailer I bought, it was a 70's all steel trailer. I knew the floor was in rough shape so intended to replace it so didn't do a very good inspection of it. Got it home, pulled the floor mats out and found huge holes had rusted through. Since the trailer was still in use only floor mats were keeping horses inside in several spots. Just glad I did a complete check prior to putting my horses in it.
Darrin is offline  
post #7 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 01:25 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,689
• Horses: 0
I definitely see a good reason to replace wooden floor board with synthetic lumber made of HDPE (high density polytethylene). It will obviously never rot, it doesn't splinter, and its ductility is very similar to wood (it flexes somewhat the same).
f350girl likes this.
mildot is offline  
post #8 of 26 Old 05-06-2012, 01:58 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,837
• Horses: 1
I'm so glad both of you didn't fall through that thing, jeesh!

Some inspection.. pfft.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Skyseternalangel is offline  
post #9 of 26 Old 05-14-2012, 10:47 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posts: 2,808
• Horses: 2
Thanks goodness my husband is anal about the floors. He had to replace the front floorboards last summer but he always takes up the rubber and thoroughly inspects it. Just so glad that you found it before anything happened
Hunter65 is offline  
post #10 of 26 Old 05-14-2012, 10:53 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Posts: 4,367
• Horses: 5
Wow, that was so lucky that you stopped!! Definitely some guardian angels looking out for you and your horse!!
MicKey73 likes this.
Cinnys Whinny is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just no words...worst nightmare of any horse person themacpack Horse Talk 49 04-08-2012 02:59 AM
Is concrete floor OK? wannahorse22 Horse Health 10 07-19-2010 09:29 PM
Replacing Wood floor in old Trailer Ktibb Horse Trailers 0 05-25-2010 12:55 PM
My new floor I installed churumbeque Horse Trailers 3 03-18-2010 01:57 PM
Removing Float Floor makin tracks Horse Trailers 3 06-15-2009 06:05 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome