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post #1 of 5 Old 05-31-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ramp for loading/unloading from SUV

Hi, we're long time horse owners who just got a sweet mini. Since we sold truck and trailer, we are interested in posts about transporting in an SUV. She will fit fine in the back but are interested in ideas for a ramp. I look forward to suggestions. Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-25-2013, 05:22 PM
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Hi, we're long time horse owners who just got a sweet mini. Since we sold truck and trailer, we are interested in posts about transporting in an SUV. She will fit fine in the back but are interested in ideas for a ramp. I look forward to suggestions. Thanks!
Hi Carole Lynn.
We are currently "renovating" a Mini Van to transport my Minis in. I do pet therapy work with mine, and have never been comfortable hauling our big horse trailer around myself. So now I will no longer have to depend on the Hubby to transport us, so happy about that!
He built me a very lightweight, strong, aluminum step/platform of sorts to assist with loading. My Minis have all been very comfortable with that.

I also have a friend who purchased a ramp from Petco originally intended for large breed dogs, and she is happy with it.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-27-2013, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Carole Lynn.
We are currently "renovating" a Mini Van to transport my Minis in. I do pet therapy work with mine, and have never been comfortable hauling our big horse trailer around myself. So now I will no longer have to depend on the Hubby to transport us, so happy about that!
He built me a very lightweight, strong, aluminum step/platform of sorts to assist with loading. My Minis have all been very comfortable with that.

I also have a friend who purchased a ramp from Petco originally intended for large breed dogs, and she is happy with it.
Thank you very much for your input! I am working with our mini in the hopes that she can join our two therapy dogs as a certified therapy horse. I like your idea of the mini van as I had purchased an extra wide dog ramp for the SUV and thought it didn't look safe for her to use. Like yourself, I want to be able to travel with her unassisted.Is your mini certified and if so, what organization certified her? Would it be possible to post a pic showing the steps your husband built?
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-30-2013, 03:33 PM
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Sure, here is a photo of the step he made.
I would like it co
vered in rubber, but for now he has it done in a carpet....
It is long enough that they can fully stand on it with all four hooves.

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Searching on the internet, I have not located anyone who Certifies Miniature Horses. (If you come across anyone, please let me know, I'd sure appreciate it.)
I have how ever found people who ask you to pay money to them, claiming that they; "train only the handler, screens and 'registers' (we do not certify) volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities."

Which seems a waste of money to me, but that is for every individual to choose for them self... Although if you have no previous equine experience it would be a good thing.

I would recommend calling around to facilities in your area and find out what they will require of you, I know big cities probably will have much different requirements then small rural towns like mine.
That would be a great place to start.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-10-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Kudos to your husband! It looks very safe and sturdy. Thank you for input on certification, I too have seen internet posts for registering your mini as a therapy horse. You send them $ and they send you a certificate and some sort of badge. Our therapy dogs are under the insurance of our group if something untoward happened. Your suggestion to contact individual places to check their requirements is excellent. Thank you!
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