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post #1 of 8 Old 09-29-2009, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation 6-horse trailer. . . 7 horses?!?!?!

My friend's family has a 6-horse trailer (hence the title). They are planning on taking 6 horses, plus my gelding, to Nebraska National Forest for a trail ride, which is about 5 hours.
Is this safe? The horses will be squished, but "oh it's 5 hours out of their whole lives" according to my friend's dad. Is there a maximum weight limit for trailers? Anyone have any imput on this? I'm not sure I still want to go along.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-30-2009, 12:46 AM
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Well, it kinda depends on how the trailer is set up. Is it a slant load or more of a stock type trailer? I think (not sure) that most trailers do have a recommended weight limit that can be safely maintained on 4 tires; anything above that needs to have 6 tires. I am not sure that I would be comfortable with stuffing an extra horse into a slant or straight load type trailer that is specifically designed for only 6 horses. However in a stock type trailer, for me, it would really depend on how big the other horses are, how comfortable they are with being a bit squished, and whether we could stop mid-way to get them out and give them a while to walk around, and what kind of condition the trailer and tires are in. Basically, I am not sure that I would want to risk it. It wouldn't take much for a horse to get down in the trailer and things to go very bad from there where they get trampled and kicked with no room to get away.
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one of my trailers is a "stock" type trailer and it is designed to haul 3 large horses but i have been known to haul an extra if the horses i am hauling are smaller like our babies and the moms . I dont think that if its a slant load you should try to cram two horses in one slant. There is a weight limit and i would just be a lil overly cautious and if i did put my horse in with the others make sure his/her legs are wrapped well. Also horses need to stop and rest every 3-4 hrs so i would make sure that your horse is ok for the 5 hr trip. i agree with Smrobs it can turn bad FAST

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-30-2009, 10:52 PM
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5 hour trips in a trailer is a big deal for a horse. Me personally - I wouldn't put my horse on that trip.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-30-2009, 11:07 PM
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sorry but I think that's a REALLY bad idea. Stock trailer or not. I wouldn't... ever.

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-01-2009, 05:10 AM
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I tend to agree..it is made for 6 horses..so it should really only carry 6. And 5 hours is a pretty long trip..I don't know about that
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-01-2009, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for all the feedback! It is a stock type trailer without any slant divider thingys. I'm still deciding. :(

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-01-2009, 10:28 PM
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Definately not. unless the other horses are VERY small. and no dividers?? I wouldnt put more than 1 horse in a trailer if they can't be seperated from the other horses unless they know each other and get along VERY well. What happens if they get in a fight?
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