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post #41 of 61 Old 06-17-2014, 06:01 PM
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Hear that cha-ching sound? It's QtrBel's $0.02
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post #42 of 61 Old 06-17-2014, 06:16 PM
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sounds like a horrible experience overall

any idea when you are going to get the horse back to your barn?
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post #43 of 61 Old 06-18-2014, 02:55 AM
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And asking a poorly trained horse to accept getting into one of these.



Those are not available in the UK and quite frankly I would not be putting my horse anywhere near that ramp

This is what a horsebox is that most commercial outfits in the UK will use similar

this is the ramp on most of them, not at all narrow and TBH only steep on older lorries where the rear suspension doesnt lower!


In my experiance, horses load better onto lorries than they do onto trailers over here!
Also it would generaly be illegal over here to use a stock trailer for horses as they dont meet the minimum height requirements!

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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post #44 of 61 Old 06-18-2014, 03:09 AM
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From my experience the US stock trailers have plenty of head room.

Modern horseboxes in the UK cost more than a house! Living quarters for the humans and everything for the horses. Hydraulic ramps and suspension, all the bells and whistles. Ok of you are doing the circuits but for the average order way out of price league and unnecessary.
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post #45 of 61 Old 06-18-2014, 03:30 AM
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Also it would generaly be illegal over here to use a stock trailer for horses as they dont meet the minimum height requirements!

What are the legal minimum height requirements? I do not think there is one, but happy to be enlightened.
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post #46 of 61 Old 06-18-2014, 03:41 AM
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Clava, I don't know what it is but there is one!
A few years ago some people near where I was went to collect two mini foals from a place that was neglecting them. The RSPCA was there and refused to allow them to take them in a double tiered sheep trailer - there was masses of room for the pair, the top deck was down.
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post #47 of 61 Old 06-18-2014, 03:44 AM
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Clava, I don't know what it is but there is one!
A few years ago some people near where I was went to collect two mini foals from a place that was neglecting them. The RSPCA was there and refused to allow them to take them in a double tiered sheep trailer - there was masses of room for the pair, the top deck was down.
But that is the RSPCA and they certainly seem to know very little about horses.

An 18hh horse can travel in a 510 and even a 505...how can there be a minimum when ponies and horses vary so much.
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post #48 of 61 Old 06-18-2014, 04:50 AM
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I agree with you! We travelled the Shires in a basic cattle wagon and they were fine.
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post #49 of 61 Old 06-18-2014, 05:42 AM
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There is a legal minimum, I think it's 8ft.
Modern lorries cost less than you think! Yes the top end ones cost more than houses but you can get a new build with full living for 25k. Second hand you can get a good lorry with safe horse area and decent living for 6k
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post #50 of 61 Old 06-18-2014, 07:00 AM
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Just checked the defra page, correction to the above the minimum height is 75cms ABOVE the wither of the tallest animal
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