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post #1 of 18 Old 11-09-2019, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer ramp question

I am reconsidering wanting a step-up trailer. Teddy almost didn't come back from the vet with us this past week because he just couldn't bring himself to step up. I finally had the idea of backing it up into a small but steep little dirt ramp they had, and we got him on in maybe five minutes that way.

One of the big reasons I didn't want a ramp is that I'm concerned about the horse slipping if it gets wet. I mean, even with mats it still seems kind of slick (there is an open ramp trailer at our barn that I have been checking out). Is there any way around this? Better quality mats? Putting something on top of the mats in wet weather? Anything?

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-09-2019, 08:49 PM
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Once they're used to it, most horses have enough sense to be careful on a ramp. Horses slip on and off step-up trailers, too. Use what works for you and your horses.

Those sisal mats like they use at racehorse farms and in Europe for trailer ramps are hard to clean, but they provide much better traction than rubber mats, especially if it's wet or the horse has mud or manure on his hooves. You can sometimes find the same material used for outside door mats, and those are small enough that two of them could easily be set on your ramp for loading/unloading and then placed in the tack room during your trip.
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-10-2019, 12:15 AM
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I use a portable ramp. Solves all my issues.
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I've never had a horse slip on my ramp. It has a rubbery coating, and several ridges right across aimed to provide extra grip. Here in Australia, ramps are the norm. You just need to teach your horse to not rush backwards, as then there obviously might be risk of slipping, but even more risk if they were stepping down and rushing out. I think it all comes down to training your horse to calmly back out (or walk out if its an angle load and you turn them around and walk out forwards)
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I agree with aussiemum above. Ramps are the norm in the U.K. I have used the matting covered ones, aluminium with a rough surface, plain wood with bars across it. No problems.

Even if a horse slips with one leg it has three others to hold him up.
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I've never had a horse slip on my ramp. It has a rubbery coating, and several ridges right across aimed to provide extra grip. Here in Australia, ramps are the norm. You just need to teach your horse to not rush backwards, as then there obviously might be risk of slipping, but even more risk if they were stepping down and rushing out. I think it all comes down to training your horse to calmly back out (or walk out if its an angle load and you turn them around and walk out forwards)

My in-law's horse might need a better ramp like that. The rubber coating and ridges sounds a good idea.We'll just finish installing the railings and hitch on his truck before we can work on the ramp. Their old portable one needs repair.
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-19-2019, 07:53 AM
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The ramp on my trailer is made of some rough material that makes it a huge pain to clean (pretty well impossible to get everything out, even with a pressure washer) so not slippery at all. It's some kind of nonslip material which I'm sure you could buy if you had to. It's very rough. My horses have never slipped, even back when Harley was hard to load and would go up and down the ramp 5 or 6 times before going in.

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post #8 of 18 Old 11-19-2019, 09:17 AM
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The rubber on my horse trailer ramp is very textured. My horses have not slipped yet and they have been in and out countless times. I have one that does rush out sometimes and she doesn't slip either. She actually gets right in the trailer now. When I had the step up trailer, it was next to impossible to get her in and then she would refuse to get out. The other two just got used to the ramp and now have no issues with it at all. They were both used to a step up and did have to get used to the hollow sound of the ramp.

Like Acadian said, the texture is a bit of a pain to clean, but I don't really care. I hose it down and what little particles stick just stay there. It's not going to hurt the trailer.

@whisperbaby22 I'm curious as to what kind of portable ramp that you have. I didn't know that they had such a thing. What does it look like?
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-19-2019, 11:08 AM
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I made it myself. I thought I'd have to replace it from time to time, but I have been using it for about 10 years now. I did make a post here about how I made it. If you can't find it, I'll do a redo.

The reason I use it is because if I need to evacuate, I just slam the door and take off. I can use it for the back or the escape door. It's very light and takes about the same time to take it off the truck and get it arranged as it would take to open and close a ramp.
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-19-2019, 04:08 PM
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As for slipping risk... cant see how it's any more with a ramp... probably less, esp if you use that wire mesh or 'pimply matting. My standy mare likes to JUMP in & out of my step up!! I actually thought little of it(big mistake) until recently when all the force has caught up with the bolted down matting - it tore the bolts out, mat skidded back, so her back legs did & she skunnied her leg on the way out! Now I can't use the trailer safely for any till I fix the floor.

I am going to make a detachable ramp, as I am going to start offering horse transport & while I've never had an issue teaching horses to step in or out, here in Aus people expect a ramp & would likely have an issue with me not having one.
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