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post #31 of 37 Old 02-07-2019, 10:38 AM
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The best solution is a thick coco mat like the professional haulers use. You can get them from any one of several sources. Here's a supplier that sells through Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Horse-Trailer.../dp/B0030C3IHC

For the record, I know nothing about this particular company or the quality of their mats -- it's just one of the results that came up in Google.

You want the mat to be as close as possible to the same width as the ramp and extend 3-4 feet above and below to give a continuous surface for the horse to walk on and prevent slipping when the horse steps onto the ramp.

Good luck!
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post #32 of 37 Old 02-07-2019, 10:56 PM
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You want the mat to be as close as possible to the same width as the ramp and extend 3-4 feet above and below to give a continuous surface for the horse to walk on and prevent slipping when the horse steps onto the ramp.
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I think your advice is slightly off though...

Extending 3 - 4' above the ramp will put that mat under the horses feet inside her bumper pull trailer, straight load.
Same as to long at the bottom is not good either as tripping and catching toe/heel depending upon where the horse is on the trailer depends which part of the anatomy is most vulnerable.
Horse trucks and climbing steep ramps, longer in length to access a tractor trailer is slightly different in configuration than a 2-horse trailer with a small ramp.
When entering bigger rigs most horses are then pivoted and backed into a stall so a open floor "general" load zone is available...
In a 2-horse straight load once the horse goes up the ramp they are in the stall area...there is no excess room and that excess mat is then in the way.
The ramp also needs a open pivot point that maybe a filler piece can go in, but it can't stay permanently attached in it or it won't close...
The kind of mat works for certain conditions but under that placed covering is a ramp with heavy rubber mat with cross-straps of wood for traction of horse and handler going up and going down.
Honestly, those mats just laid down have shifted under my feet on occasion loading/unloading racehorses and or show-horses so no thanks to it just laying there not secured....I would pass on it unless screwed to the ramp securely.
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post #33 of 37 Old 02-08-2019, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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I pick up the Trailer in 2 weeks. Can get more pictures then. Will be hauling it to a show 2 days after I get it. So that will be the moment of truth. See how it all goes. I have got a lot of ideas on here. Hoping no issues. But if there are. I know where to go. Lol

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post #34 of 37 Old 04-08-2019, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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I just want to thank everyone for their ideas. So far I have had no issues with my horse on the ramp. I was worried over nothing it seems.

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post #35 of 37 Old 04-11-2019, 01:01 PM
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I suppose you could haul a railroad tie around and drop the end of the ramp on it to lessen the angle. I hate ramps, but not because of horses slipping on them.
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post #36 of 37 Old 04-11-2019, 04:21 PM
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I have seen a horse have an accident with a horsebox ramp in that the ramp was about four to six inches off being flat to the floor, horse slipped and got a leg under the ramp. With a step up trailer I could see this being a possibility.
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post #37 of 37 Old 04-12-2019, 12:51 PM
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The last trailer I bought has a ramp and it had slats placed on the ramp to help with grip for the horses and I got some non slip gritty paint and painted the ramp as well and they have good traction loading and unloading, never had a problem with slipping even when wet
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