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post #11 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Duffy, there was a story like that here in fl a few years ago. Woman was hauling her two horses and the wood was new but the metal underneath had rotted out. Back half of the floor dropped off and by the time she heard the horses screaming they were both a foot shorter. She shot em both right there on the highway. Good decision on her part imo. That's also the reason I insisted on welding two extra support beams across the underside of mine when we redid the floor. Scary stuff.
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post #12 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 05:02 PM
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This is why you NEVER listen to salesman. AND, our shop checks out our trailer every year before we travel.
Our salesman that sold us our first stock trailer told US that he frequently trailered 6 a 4 horse stock.
We STUPIDLY took a vacation with 6 in our...4 horse trailer.
Fortunately, we were caravaning. Our friends behind us said that they saw something making the trailer shaking, so we found an exit ramp and stopped.
I don't know HOW this happened, and how NOBODY was seriously hurt, but here is the lineup, left to right:
Tyke, ?(can't remember--it was 1987, OK!!), Dandy Silver Moon
After we stopped, Tyke was in the middle, middle horse was on the right and Dandy was on the left, facing backwards!! This was in the middle of the night and we were using flashlights to unload and reload 6 horses.
We found a Vet to stitch up his cut above his left eye, but that was IT for injuries. the trailer.
YEARS later we're driving out west, and I see tires smoking. I'm on I-90 westbound, July. I pull over to the shoulder, and drove on coast, which is 20 mph driving without my foot on the accelerator FULLY LOADED and that's why I recommend a Cummins diesel truck to haul.
We get to a service station. They tell us that our axle is bent and rubbing on the tires--no DOUBT bc of the 6 horse hauling several years before and wear and tear with just hauling 4, LIKE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DO!!
They shave off the metal that is rubbing on the tires and tell us that we won't find help until we get to Rapid City.
At our horse camp, we dump the horses and tents at our Black Hills campsite, drive back to the shop and leave the trailer for one week.
This WONDERFUL shop, fixed the axle, put heavy duty semi-type shocks on it and charged....wait for it...

Couldn't believe it. I was sure it was gonna cost over $1K
Our shop at home replaced the axle. Funny we spent $3K on this trailer, redid the floor and the above work, and took it to auction after owning it for 14 years and sold it for...$3K
We didn't make eye contact--don't think he EVERY KNEW--but it makes a great story.
Children, DON'T DO THIS AT HOME!!!
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post #13 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 05:13 PM
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30+ yrs ago, hauling 2 yearlings in 2 horse trailer, both tied in, the back door came open somehow, luckily we had just started to take off and wasn't going very fast, the filly on the side that the door opened, was running along with the trailer with her back feet on the concrete. Luckily dad, who was driving, saw the door swing and immediately stopped. And, more lucky she wasn't hurt at all, just scared sh**less!.

Same trailer years later came off the ball, even though the locking mechanism was engaged, and it hit the ditch, didn't have safety chains for some reason, neither horse was hurt. trailer got new safety chains and new hitch.

(door never came open again, someone must have not latched something...must have been dad, couldn't have been me!)
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post #14 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 05:16 PM
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I haven't ever owned a horse or trailer, so I've had no accidents, but I heard that a guy let his horses stick their heads out the windows of the trailer, he drove under an over pass and stopped a while after for a rest, checked on his horses and their heads were gone O.O

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post #15 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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... ow. Just ow. But then I guess, the horses probably had no idea what hit em.
Just passed the hallway point on our trip. Shared some Wendy's fries with the pig mare, New ball still holding up ::)

I guess I'm a little
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post #16 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 08:13 PM
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After looking at several used trailers this summer and seeing rotting floor boards, rust, and 10 year old trailers that still had the original Made-in-China tires... I decided to buy a new one with fewer frills but that I knew was SOLID. Hopefully that (combined with regular maintenance) will keep me from ever having an accident like these
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post #17 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 08:44 PM
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Not too much happens around here now, we have diligent Department of Motor Vehicle checks for dodgy trailers and overweight loads, constantly they have roadblocks. Which is a good thing. Closest call I had was when my horse was a yearling, he's 13 now, I was hauling him and another horse in a stocktrailer. I guess I didn't (I blame hubby but ultimately my fault) didn't latch the door properly. We were only going about 5 miles away, but the door came open, some one saw and waved us down. Neither horse, my yearling was at the back by the door, were injured, they just stood in there while the door was open and watching the outside go by. Good wake up call though, always do a once over before leaving.
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post #18 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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A well done rebuild can be just as safe as brand new, but your right verona, maintenance maintenance maintenance. New floors when they get cruddy, preventing rust, and repairing wear and tear go thousands of miles.

In hindsight, the trusty old pin and socket ball should have been traded for a newer solid ball when we redid the trailer. But we were so focused on the trailer itself, we didn't even think about the hitch that had already lasted years doing heavy duty work. I'm just glad it was one two inch piece of steel, and not my horses.

Who are unloaded and happy munching hay in their stalls waiting to be turned out with their buddies :)
Mission successful, and no more accidents!
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post #19 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 09:03 PM
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Analisa I cannot believe you're reading this thread while you're trailer-ing your horses!

I'm terrified and I'm just sitting in my office.
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post #20 of 24 Old 10-01-2013, 09:11 PM
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Analisa I cannot believe you're reading this thread while you're trailer-ing your horses!

I'm terrified and I'm just sitting in my office.
Hahaha! I was just thinking the same thing.
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