HORSE TRAILER Features
This is a better place to have a head divider - it stops the horses from getting their heads caught behind the centre roof support.
Window bars with narrow spacing can stop a horse from putting a head or hoof through the front window if panicked or thrown forward in an accident.
Good position of the spare tire so a rope can't get caught under it, and filled in A-Frame towbar stops a horse putting a leg through if it tries to pass between the car and trailer.
A 'Break-away' attachment activates the trailer brakes if the trailer detatches from the vehicle.
Something to hold the front door open is essential to stop the door blowing shut and scaring or injuring a horse who may be looking out.
This type of door latch that folds away
and stops the rope or halter from being
Even rubber covered ramps can be slippery when wet so rubber strips help. The extra length of this ramp gives it a nice, gentle slope.
Having Tie-up points at the back makes more sense than tying horses seperately on the sides where they can't see each other and may worry. This ramp latch is relatively safe if kept folded down close to the trailer side.
Good features to look for in a safe trailer/float:
Rear latches that a horse can get the halter hooked on (eg. below)
Loose matting on the floor - it can move and slip, causing a horse to scramble while travelling.
Sharp edges on any part of the trailer (eg. at head height below)
This type of chest bar pin (below) can easily catch a halter and cause a pull back.
This rump bar doesn't fully open so has to be removed before the horse comes out - if it rushes out then the ribs and shoulder may get injured.
Dark interiors make the inside look smaller and more claustrophobic.
For more info on problems with
horse floats/trailers go to horseproblems.com.au
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