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post #31 of 36 Old 05-31-2016, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77 View Post
I almost always haul saddled too. The only time I've had a saddle slightly damaged is when a colt left teeth marks on my cantle. But other than that use a little common sense, it's not an issue. horse has been promoted to riding in the front because the last time she was in the back she tried to make a nice snack out of her neighbor's pulling collar strap...
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post #32 of 36 Old 05-31-2016, 11:58 PM
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Hahaha, all our tack is working tack so we don't worry too much about a few scrapes here and there....but our horses quickly learn to behave in the trailer because they associate that as the only place they get to rest. Where we have our cattle, they are scattered out over about 10-12 miles; 30 in a pasture here, 20 there, and 15 over there. On a day where I park the truck and ride to check them all is a 25-30 mile day. If I don't do that, then we load/unload 8-10 times in a day. The horses learn fast that the trailer is the place to be if they want to relax and catch their breath LOL. If I'm on a young horse, everywhere I go is at a long trot or a lope so even if they are squirrely about loading that morning, they are more than happy to hop in by the end of the day.

The only time I've had tack damaged beyond what I could repair myself was my own fault. I thought my big horse would fit in the trailer with a saddle on because he had the year before. Turns out, he had grown a bit and when I put him in, I ended up getting the horn cap ripped off my saddle and had to have the horn re-leathered. I was so ticked at my stupidity, but I dang sure learned my lesson, hence the improvised saddle racks in my second above photo LOL.
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post #33 of 36 Old 06-01-2016, 12:17 AM
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I have hauled horses to and between pastures saddled.

The best use of hauling saddled was when I was picking one up that had a reputation for being unreasonable when going to a new place. Just had to strut and let everyone there know he was the greatest.

I hauled him saddled, wondering if he would associate that with "My work is not done." Unloaded him, hopped on, and rode him for several hours. He was ready to stop when I let him, and there was none of the "Look at me! I dare you!" nonsense his owners had with him. Oh, he became the boss horse, but with a lot less drama and no one got hurt or run.
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post #34 of 36 Old 06-01-2016, 11:44 AM
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I have hauled my horses tacked up before, but don't do it as a practice. Usually going to a branding where I have to meet my ride about a 1/2 mile from my house. So I tack up and we walk down (I'm not riding since I have to carry my cooler, etc., LOL) to the meeting point. Sometimes we have done so coming home, although I get dropped off at home then. I see the working cowboys in my area hauling their horses tacked up all the time. It's not a big deal around here.

I've seen many wonky trailers on the road, too, LOL. Some are so scary to me that I wouldn't put goat in them, but if the horses are used to hauling in them, that's also not a biggie. There is always a chance for accident/injury, even with a "safe" trailer.

FWIW, I haul in a 2H slant (2005 Trails West Adventure MX - LOVE my trailer!). I usually am only hauling one horse so keep the divider open in that instance; but it hauls both nicely.
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post #35 of 36 Old 06-01-2016, 02:33 PM
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In between pastures I haul saddled

I haul in a stock/horse trailer. Its kind of a both. For years I hauled in a draft horse sized 2 horse enclosed trailer.

We see horses being hauled in all sorts of stuff around here. From super expensive fancy stuff to eye sore but it will get the job done.

I have hauled in stock racks on a pickup and will be doing so again. We backpack and use a small pony or 2 to carry food and tents for us. Stock rack will be easier than dragging a 16 foot trailer into some areas we go.
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post #36 of 36 Old 06-01-2016, 10:29 PM
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I had a stock trailer and hauled saddled up if I was going to lessons or a trail ride, I didn't have any tack storage in that trailer. I felt bad about leaving my horse in the trailer on a hot, hot day in the middle of parking lot for an hour, but he wasn't tacked up, he was coming home from the trainer's and something was going on the truck, hubby stopped at a parts shop and was repairing it, took about an hour. Felt sorry for the old man too, he was sweating as well. I, on the other hand, walked over to the strip mall and sat in an A/C soda shop. No need for all of us to suffer.

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