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post #11 of 19 Old 07-14-2013, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Huh? Saddlebag? Where did that come from? My post about backing out the road? I'm talking about backing out about 2 km of short steep hills with sharp corners, one lane (barely), loose large rocks and bumps/holes/gullys about 1 foot in height/depth = 2feet total height change. Oh, and beaver ponds up to and over the road. Beaver ponds here tend to have swamp all around them - so ya, the ditch is the swamp. I have no problem backing up generally speaking.

Though I suppose, if I was absolutely stuck, I'd manage to do it. If I REALLY had to.
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Huh? Saddlebag? Where did that come from? My post about backing out the road? I'm talking about backing out about 2 km of short steep hills with sharp corners, one lane (barely), loose large rocks and bumps/holes/gullys about 1 foot in height/depth = 2feet total height change. Oh, and beaver ponds up to and over the road. Beaver ponds here tend to have swamp all around them - so ya, the ditch is the swamp. I have no problem backing up generally speaking.

Though I suppose, if I was absolutely stuck, I'd manage to do it. If I REALLY had to.
I think she thought you had trouble backing....

We stayed overnight at DH's cousin's place in Chattanooga on the way to Virginia. They live on a narrow road, and UP a HILL. On top of that, the driveway makes an additional 90 degree turn before it goes UP, and it had rained recently.... I got Tootsie out and walked her up, in case DH and the trailer went sliding back down, and I could barely climb up on foot.

When you get to the top, suddenly it levels out, and you are IN the front yard. And it's wooded. The really fun part was turning the trailer around in the wooded yard. We had the slide-in on the truck, just to increase the degree of difficulty.

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I used to live on a road.... I had to put my truck in 4x4 to get down. And Im in Florida... so it wasnt from a hill or ice ;)
And my horses never seemed to have any issues.
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If I have to go to a really rough place, or one where the road is quite steep, I use a bumper pull and then jump the horses into stock racks. I don't use stock racks on two lane highways, but they are great to gain access to remote areas where riding in would take too long.
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I live in Saskatchewan, nough said
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post #16 of 19 Old 07-15-2013, 07:55 PM
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I wouldn't think that rough roads would be a big problem for sound horses as long as you're not barreling through.
I think this depends on how long you are on those rough roads.

I know several people who took a particular route to ridecamp in Vermont one year that involved a very poorly maintained, twisty road. They were on this road for over an hour and several of the horses in the trailers involved were lame upon arrival at camp. I have driven with at least 2 of the people and they are very careful, cautious drivers. Could be coincidence, but seems pretty suspicious to me. [Needless to say, I made sure we never hauled on that road to the ride!!]


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Yes, but your roads are flat as a pancake. Here the roads always include mountain climbing.
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It depends on your truck and trailer.

I wouldn't go in snow and mud(or wet grass) with a dually pickup and a trailer that sits low or long.

But would have no issue with a single rear wheel tired, four wheel drive pickup and a short gooseneck that sits up off the ground or a truck with a rack, like boots mentioned, on a sheep trail/cow track.

With a truck and rack you can pretty much get turned around anywhere a pickup can, but either you got to have a place to unload(ramp or embankment) or have horses that will jump in and out of one.
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So long as you can keep from getting high centered (either truck or trailer), then I can't imagine any road that would be too rough to trailer down. Of course, just take your time and don't fly over the bumps and holes.

We have rolling hills around here and many of the roads we trailer on are either dirt or caliche. Whenever it rains (which hasn't been often recently but still), there will be washout places all over the road. We just drive slow to keep from jarring anything too badly but the horses never have a problem. We have even been known to use our saddle horses to pull out a rig if it got stuck in a road or slid off into the ditch and got stuck.

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