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post #1 of 24 Old 09-27-2013, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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trailer heartattacks!

First post from my cell phone! Lliterally just happened. Driving from Broward to Orlando, both horses in my little ancient two horse trailer. We have redone the floor, we have reinforced the tongue and the frame. It'll hold up an elephant if it would fit. Turning onto Osceola park, and kadunk...screeeeeeeeech!
The pin in the ball of the hitch had shorn off. Was just gone. My poor trailer with both my horses was dragging behind us by chains and the grace of god. I was watching sparks fly and the wonderful boyfriend was holding the back of my shirt keeping me from jumping out in the middle of the road to see if my beasts were ok. Every horrible trailer thing I've ever heard ran through my head.
Finally got to the side to check on them, and they're munching away at their hay. Oooohf. So grateful for safety chains.

Anybody else have trailer horror stories?
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post #2 of 24 Old 09-27-2013, 07:42 PM
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That's awful! I'm glad they were okay!

Really the only majorly bad one; we had two horses that we were taking down to a parade and when we made a turn we heard something fall in the back and horses screaming. Unlike your wonderful boyfriend who held you back, me and my boss threw the truck in park and on the side of the highway jumped out and ran to the horses. The back of her trailer (so the door) had come clean off and one of the other horses had spooked and fallen on his butt. We checked the horses over and they were fine (the one had a few scrapes but nothing serious) and thank god we were only about ten-fifteen minutes from home. We pulled the truck into a cornfield, left the trailer on the side of the road, and then took the horses down and in a last ditch effort we used the truck to bring them home. (Thank goodness we had enough fields and back roads to do it safely on!) One person drove, and the other was sitting in the bed ponying the horses back; we probably would have rode but we weren't sure if they'd had any internal injuries so safer then sorry. Never did find that door......or what exactly happened for that matter.
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post #3 of 24 Old 09-27-2013, 07:44 PM
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Wow!!! No, I don't have any horror stories at all, but....Wow!! I was holding my breath reading yours- So very glad everything worked out, and your horses are o.k.!! :)
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post #4 of 24 Old 09-27-2013, 08:45 PM
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I had something very similar happen to me - although it happened on black ice and we went sideways into the ditch, ripped out 200 feet of barbed wire fence and did about three complete spins while watching parts of the trailer were flying over the cab of the truck and just praying none came through the windshield. Hit the ditch hard enough I snapped the axle off my truck.
Thankfully I delivered the horse just ten minutes before.
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-27-2013, 09:13 PM
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You guys are scaring the crap out of me! I'm a new trailer driver, and every time I hitch up, I worry. haha. I always check every pin and chain and.. even more so now.
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post #6 of 24 Old 09-27-2013, 09:14 PM
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I think I just crapped my pants. I'm glad none of these stories ended with anyone getting hurt.
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post #7 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Back in cell service. Trailer accidents are some of the scariest bed time stories I've ever heard. I just can't believe something like a two inch cylinder of metal could cause so much panic!
WS, so glad there were no horses involved in that one! I'd have pooped myself.

We decided to go ahead and buy a solid ball before hauling back. We're on the road now, making the treck back to Broward. Very happy to have a new ball!
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post #8 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 04:25 PM
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scary stuff. never had anything like that, people pull out in front and had to slam on breaks, or truck stalled out in the mountains no power steering no power brakes.
are ball has a bolt and screw , the trailer part, lock we use a heavy wire and wire the lock down. I dont trust pins.
trailering scares me enough , mainly the other drivers who come up and honk and cut in and then slam on their brakes ..
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post #9 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 04:28 PM
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Heard of one. Another military family in Germany drove out most weekends during competition season with their daughter and pony.
Arrive at competition, pony is quiet. Open back of trailer.
Ponies back legs had gone through the floor, and had been dragged for god knows how long. Obviously the poor thing was long gone.
And that is why I shake my head when people risk it with wooden floors.
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post #10 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 04:45 PM
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I knew someone quite a few years back who had a tire blow out on the freeway and the trailer flipped somehow with a horse inside. Luckily the horse was a pretty calm, trusting horse; they were able to sedate it through the window of the trailer and then cut the trailer open to get the horse out. No serious injuries amazingly.
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