Originally Posted by DressageOrBust View Post
Exactly, that's why I mentioned stopping power too. I was with a friend of mine years ago with her 1/2 ton truck and a steel stock trailer with two Icelandics in it and coming down a steeper hill we had to stop quick but the trailer kept pushing us and we rear ended the car in front of us because the truck literally could NOT stop that trailer!! Luckily no one human or beastie were hurt but it could have been really bad.
Yes, you need stopping power, but stopping power alone won't help you , hauling on mountain roads, not paved highways, but rough forestry roads with very, very long hills and steep grades in places. I had enough stopping power, but not on an snowy ice packed road, where even with 4X4, you can spin out, as I learned.
I was not going DOWN a hill, but up a snowy ice pack steep grade, where I should have had chains on also, and not just relied on 4x 4, with that truck, a turbo 3/4 ton diesel,4x4 spinning out. When you are sitting at an extreme angle, on ice, after having lost traction,with the weight of a trailer and three horses, you are not going to hold a trailer with your brakes.
I now never, never go to the mountains in late fall, without chains.
When you spin out,on a steep hill, there is no way you are going to hold a trailer and horses, just with your brakes.
Stopping power on the highway and hauling in mountains are not one and the same! Even geared down, in summer, there is no way you are going to suddenly stop, going down a long grade, esp when you have to start applying a little 'pedal to the medal', in the last part of that down hill, to get some momentum to climb the next big grade.
Once, hauling to the ram, just coming down along grade tot he ram river, where you immediately have to start a very steep climb, once you cross the bridge, some idiot tourists were parked on the middle of that bridge, no clue that hauling horses in mountains is not like just driving a car!