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How to enclose stock trailer: Plexi-glas? Welding?

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  • How to enclose stock trailer: Plexi-glas? Welding?

    My 13.3hh monkey of a pony turned out to be a manger climber in my straight load with mangers. I just sold it today so I can get a slant load to safely haul her. I want nothing but a solid wall in front of her. Finding a 2-Horse enclosed slant load in my budget is proving far more difficult then I planned on. I am, however, finding tons of stock trailers that would be perfect...except I'm worried my monkey climber will put a foot through the open slats. I've seen people with plexi-glas covering the open slats. Would that be sufficient in keeping her safe? Otherwise perhaps having my welder weld them closed with steel in the front where she would ride? I live in Wisconsin so I need to know she is warm enough hauling in the winter as well. Thanks for any opinions or advice!
    Please excuse the typos...I'm always on my iPhone and autocorrect is not my friend. Yes I mean mares autocorrect...not mates.

  • #2
    I have no answer just subbing so I can see comments and ideas, seeing as I'm stuck with my stock trailer for a while yet.
    I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

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    • #3
      plywood always works.

      Maybe you should have sold the horse and kept the trailer?


      • #4
        I have plexi-glas that goes in the slats of my stock trailer, but the trailer was made with little channels that hold it in place. A friend of mine has a similiar setup, only she uses lexan, which I understand is like plexi, but stronger. Lexan might be more appropriate for your purposes.

        And I don't think the channels on my trailer are all that uncommon, and it's really nice to be able to take the slats in and out easily as the weather changes.
        "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
        -Edward Hoagland


        • #5
          I've seen both plexi-glass and wood on most stock trailers I've seen here, so I would say it is certainly more than doable.
          It's a small world -- unless you gotta walk home.


          • #6
            Are you considering putting plexiglass down at hoof/leg level? That sounds like a terrible idea.

            Plywood could work, but adding extra weight to a trailer could bite you.


            • #7
              Originally posted by tangledweb View Post
              Are you considering putting plexiglass down at hoof/leg level? That sounds like a terrible idea.

              Plywood could work, but adding extra weight to a trailer could bite you.
              I'm sure she means the upper slats, I've not seen a stock trailer with slats near the floor. The amount of plywood necessary wouldn't weigh very much.
              It's a small world -- unless you gotta walk home.


              • #8
                Our first trailer was a small stock (14' long) and my husband, who can weld, built and installed a slant gate. When fastened to the left wall the trailer was just an open box or the gate could be swung closed after the first horse loaded and fastened to the right wall. We had 2 QHs just under 15h and it worked perfectly for us even though it was a small trailer.

                If that interests you, you could find a local welder and see what they'd charge to do something similar. The welder could also tell you about adding metal to the bottom of the sides if you think getting the foot through could be a problem - we never had a problem with that. Assuming you put the pony in the front "stall," you should have a solid wall in front of her - at least our front wall was solid. FYI, to make the gate my husband used metal "rails" that matched the "rails" on the trailer sides and the gate went down only to the bottom of the horses' barrels, not to the floor.

                Anyhow, you keep the good ventilation and versatility of the stock with the option of the slant configuration and, I imagine, less cost than a new (even used) trailer!
                It's just grass and water till it hits the ground.


                • #9
                  Would it work to weld on or bolt on a sturdy horse fence wire? It would not weigh much.
                  "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina


                  • #10
                    Expanded metal http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...w=1249&bih=695
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                    • #11
                      You will be looking for aluminum "J" channel assuming your stock trailer sides do not have a "lip" built in for lexan / plexi - OR - for a cheaper but more difficult to remove way, use self tapping metal screws thru drilled holes in the lexan / plexi - make sure you are drilling into a side wall tube though - Lowes will cut the lexan/plexi for you

                      Now, the chance your pony will need to "go up" in a stock / slant is not the same as in the straight load manger style, so "monkey" may never climb again...


                      • #12
                        Grinanride - FYI, if you're talking about "J" channel for OP to use on welding project, it takes a special set up to weld aluminum, not the more common welding equipment that is used on steel. Just saying so OP knows what to ask a welder about if she goes that route...
                        It's just grass and water till it hits the ground.


                        • #13
                          You could also get the thinner, 1/2" rubber mats and cut them to fit and bolt/wire over the part the pony will ride and there are slats it may get hung on.

                          I agree, pony may not try to climb without a manger anyway, why not try that first, in a safe space?


                          • #14
                            As an aside, if you go with a clear plastic, you absolutely want Lexan, not Plexiglass. The former is flexible and shatter resistant. The latter is not.


                            • #15
                              No welding required, install using rivets, this is typical for installing track

                              Originally posted by GotMyPony View Post
                              Grinanride - FYI, if you're talking about "J" channel for OP to use on welding project, it takes a special set up to weld aluminum, not the more common welding equipment that is used on steel. Just saying so OP knows what to ask a welder about if she goes that route...


                              • Original Poster

                                Fantastic ideas! I feel much better about going the stock trailer route now. I just don't even want to take a risk with her trying as the repercussions would be so severe. An ounce if prevention for my little monkey!! :-). Thank you for the ideas!
                                Please excuse the typos...I'm always on my iPhone and autocorrect is not my friend. Yes I mean mares autocorrect...not mates.