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post #11 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 02:02 PM
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I have a ramp trailer and it had slats nailed on the ramp to give better traction for the horses and after I got it I also painted it with a paint that had grit in it so that gave even more grip for the horses, none have ever slipped on it after I painted it. the paint is something that you paint on porches etc for no slip footing.
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post #12 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 06:29 PM
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I personally hate ramps and passed over several trailers just so I could get one without a ramp.

That said, many people use ramps and have no issues. I haven't heard of anyone having problems with slipping.

The most slippery thing in a trailer is horse manure- can you push the manure out or to the side with a broom before letting the horses out?

I also worry about shavings being slippery. In my opinion you only need shavings in the trailer if your horse urinates in the trailer.
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post #13 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 06:54 PM
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I'm guessing from the look of the trailer this is a stock interior.
If you are walking your horse forward off the trailer, stop and back off...never seen a horse slip backing down the ramp myself.
Buy a stall mat that is as close to the width as you can and attack it to the ramp.
If it is textured you want the texture to run perpendicular for traction to the direction the horses will travel.
Helper springs will be needed to assist with raising that ramp as once you add mat weight it is going to be considerably heavier to open or close.
Some horses do not like ramps not because of the "steep" but the bounce of hollowness they encounter as they take step, step, step.
Try putting fresh impact bumpers on the exterior ramp edge that touches the ground...
No noise, reduced bump feeling and absorbs the springiness might help with your issue let alone save the ramp from deep scratches of ground contact.
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post #14 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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No. This is a two horse straight load. And my horses only ever back out. My moms horse went down on this ramp as has my sisters. Now that being said they don’t haul near as often and are no where near as confident with loading/unloading/hauling as my guy. They rented this trailer to come riding with me. I may not have any issue at all. But seeing them slip and go down. Just makes me wonder my options. Methods people have found tried and true. The majority of my friends have ramps with no issues. So this may just be a fluke thing that I saw and now worry about. Lol

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post #15 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. If it helps I googled pictures of the same trailer. Hopefullly these will help a little more. You can kinda see how short the ramp is. So it’s steep when you drop it.
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My horse hates ramps. I had to buy a step up so she would load at all. It's a slant, which means she can walk out instead of backing out. Much safer. I've seen horses, including my own, step off the side of a ramp, backing out, and skin themselves up real bad. Do not like ramps.
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I don't like ramps. But if the trailer is what you are looking for and in your price range, you can make it work.


If its too expensive to have removed, I would agree with changing the mat ... one that has "ribs" that can aid in traction too. And isn't going to get slippery if a horse pees on it.
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post #18 of 37 Old 02-02-2019, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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That’s kind of it. All the others I like in my price range that I like are steel. I have an old rust bucket steel trailer now. All aluminum I won’t have to worry about rust. And to find an all aluminum trailer at or under $5k is a great deal in this area. I may just be, being paranoid. I may not have any issues. I just like to have a plan in advance.
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post #19 of 37 Old 02-03-2019, 12:27 AM
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Here in Australia all our horse trailers have ramps. Our horses are taught to back out of trailers as part of their loading and unloading training. I have trailered many horses on floats that I have owned and never had an issue with backing them out. When a float is made the manufacturer always puts thick rubber on the ramps so that they are not slippery.
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post #20 of 37 Old 02-03-2019, 12:35 AM
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Remember, you still have to take care of an aluminum trailer. They won't rust but they will corrode. Horse urine and aluminum do not mix very well.
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