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post #1 of 37 Old 02-01-2019, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ramps on Trailers

I am purchasing a trailer with a ramp. The way the trailer is built the ramp is fairly steep. I really don’t like ramp loads. But it’s an all aluminum trailer for less than 5k. To good of a deal to pass up. My question is... who has any ideas of ways to make it less slick as I have seen many horses slip on ramps. So it makes me a little nervous. It does have a mat on the ramp. But just trying to be proactive. My horse is a hauling champion. So hoping it will be fine. Couple pictures of the trailer. These are all I have saved.
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I'm not a fan of ramps either. Can it come off?

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post #3 of 37 Old 02-01-2019, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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I looked into that. It would be very expensive. And most of the ones I’ve seen that had ramps removed just don’t look good. My one friend had theirs done professionally. And even it wasn’t great. I mean if I do have issues and I can’t figure out how to stop it. I’ll have to majorly consider that. But would like to avoid it if possible.
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post #4 of 37 Old 02-01-2019, 11:39 PM
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I much prefer ramps! Mine is longer, but IMO much less injuries with a ramp than without. Plus some horse won't step out backwards if there isn't a ramp. They don't like the long way to the ground.

Is there already rubber on the ramp? If not you could spray the truck bed liner stuff on there, the kind with traction.
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post #5 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 01:13 AM
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My old trailer had a ramp. To make it less slick, we screwed rubber mats on it. I have seen sisal type material (like those mats everyone seems to have in front of their door with welcome on it) used that same way; I have also seen wood slats screwed on, running horizontal, so the horses can use them for traction if the hooves slip.
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post #6 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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I am buying from a friend. It does have a thin mat on it already. We have used it before. And a couple horses have actually gone down on their front. They tiptoe out because that’s how the do it in our step ups. This horse has never hauled in it. So idk how he will do with it. I had thought about doing a thicker mat with more traction. Someone had suggested the bed liner. Just seems like with a hoof would be slippery still. Have you seen anyone do it?

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Why not strips of the traction tape used for stairs?
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post #8 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 06:54 AM
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In the U.K. All trailers have ramps, most are covered with a thick coconut mat (like door mats as said) or, rubber mats. Never had a horse slip going in or out.
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post #9 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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I hadn’t thought about the no slip tape. You guys are giving me great ideas. Thank you so much. I will be taking it to a show the day after I get it. So will put it right to use. I’ll send some picture with the ramp down as well.
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I used to have a bumper pull straight load step up. One mare would load fine and the other was almost impossible to get loaded. Finally worked with the impossible one enough and she would get in ok but then it was almost impossible to get her out. I would finally get her out but she would rush out. She was really afraid of stepping down. Then, I got a gooseneck with a ramp load and the one mare that previously had issues was so much better with the ramp load. The mare that had no issues with the step up now had issues with the ramp load. She would really look at it hard so I put shavings on the ramp to blend it in with the ground more and her issues stopped. I have not had anyone slip on the ramp that has thick rubber on it. I think that it is different for each horse and what they are used to. None of my three mares have issues with the ramp load now.
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