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post #21 of 26 Old 05-29-2012, 08:26 AM
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...aluminum sheeting over the planks might be a solution.
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post #22 of 26 Old 06-07-2012, 12:42 AM
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My dad drives for UPS and saw a truck and trailer stopped and the woman was frantic. Dad stopped and her horse had gone through the floor with all 4 feet and she had driven miles without knowing. Dad called the local sheriff to come out and she shot the horse right then and there. It was the only thing to do for that poor horse. I'm so glad you caught this in time. My father in law said that is why he never buys horse/livestock trailers with wood floors.

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post #23 of 26 Old 06-07-2012, 04:52 PM
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I think trailering accidents occur more than any of us would like to think. Thank god you didnt have your horse go through as it can be a terrible thing to happen. I had a trailering accident a while back in which I was carrying a horse who liked to paw everytime we stopped and he kicked pretty bad. Well wood floors can't hold up to some of the extremes a horse can put it through for to awful long. I don't want to go into alot of detail as it truly hurt my soul for it to happen but we had to have it put down and I will never ever ever ever leave wood floors in my trailers for more than a year without completely replacing and doubling the wood flooring and reinforcing with premium grade hardwood plywood. For everyone out there who hauls horses on the regular don't let it happen to you and your horse, check and check again every single time before you put your friend on that trailer .
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post #24 of 26 Old 06-07-2012, 09:50 PM
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The floor in mine is 2x6 planks, crosswise. Those boards appear too light and of the wrong wood. Spruce lumber will do that moreso than pine.
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post #25 of 26 Old 06-07-2012, 10:18 PM
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I just showed my husband those pictures of your floor boards. He has worked in the lumber manufactoring industry for 30 years. He said that is reject lumber used, notice the knots, not to be used for structure or support, maybe for a fence or to build planter or something. Also he said that is not structure grade floor lumber, should be 4 X 8's ideally & custom cut from there.
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post #26 of 26 Old 06-08-2012, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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They are 2x8's and just to reiterate, we had the whole trailer checked out after I bought it at a trailer place. We also bought a new emergency brake battery and checked all the wire. There's no way I wouldn't have checked out the floor before ever putting my horse in there, and even did so that morning because I knew it was a longer trip. I meant the post as a warning to never take your flooring for granted. It was total luck that I found the hole midway through the drive, and only because I took my horse out for a break from the heat. Soooooo check your floors people!!
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