• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Trailer Divider?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Trailer Divider?

    I have a straight load 2 horse aluminum trailer with an aluminum half divider. My young horse kicks and I am concerned she'll hurt herself. I've padded the rear post, but she gets her right hind leg on the other side of it sometimes when she kicks (under the divider, not over it). I am thinking about having it changed to a full padded divider. I don't think this will be a pboblem with width as the trailer is X high/x wide. Any thoughts? Pros/cons? Thanks.

  • #2
    I like my divider that goes all the way down to the floor. It's way heavy, but it keeps them from getting a leg onto the wrong side and getting stomped on. I just don't try to remove it

    Comment


    • #3
      I have seen them fixed with plywood so it goes to the floor. If she is tfat bad, i guess she could put her leg through it. I would not do it but it would make it lighter for you moving it, if you do.

      How old is the mare? Are you planning on trailering often? Safety is a good thing, I would also try to figure out why she is kicking. She can do a lot of damage to herself even with a divider, cap her hocks, break a bone etc.
      Come to the dark side, we have cookies

      Comment


      • #4
        Not sure who makes them, but some of the trailers have a swinging panel, of rubber or plastic under the half divider. Seems like it was referred to as "the stallion stall" on a slant load.

        I would never want a full divider that goes to the ground. It prevents the horse spreading legs wide enough for turns and curves. You can make a good rider into a trailer fighter.

        The swinging panel in the lower part of divider seems to allow legs to spread out, but prevent horse hurting themselves kicking while inside. The panel takes the impact, gives some, but horse doesn't get the impact of a solid blow.

        Ask around, maybe you can locate the makers of the stallion stall dividers for checking out. Padding the upright holding the divider with pool noodles or pipe wrap to make her a deep cushion for if horse really hits it hard.

        Comment


        • #5
          Years ago I had a horse slip and go under the divider and the horse next to her stepped on her leg and broke her splint bone....

          I now fear to trailer more than one horse. I also replaced the mats and keep fresh shavings on the floor.

          With a floor divider or with a half divider or with no divider at all, things can happen.

          If I had a kicking horse I would probably trailer horse by herself and not use a divider at all.
          Live in the sunshine.
          Swim in the sea.
          Drink the wild air.

          Comment


          • #6
            Haul the horse loose in a stock trailer or take all your partitions out if you can. It is hard for the horse to kick and balance at the same time.

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by goodhors View Post
              ...
              I would never want a full divider that goes to the ground. It prevents the horse spreading legs wide enough for turns and curves. You can make a good rider into a trailer fighter....
              Funny, mine all self-load into my horrific trailer with full divider. I've hauled 4 different horses in that trailer frequently, and none of them ever acted up or refused to load. My mare used to be an awful loader until I bought that trailer actually.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
                Funny, mine all self-load into my horrific trailer with full divider. I've hauled 4 different horses in that trailer frequently, and none of them ever acted up or refused to load. My mare used to be an awful loader until I bought that trailer actually.
                Well, I have been in the truck with a friend whose horse threw a fit with the full divider, got really tore up. And trying to control the truck while trailer was bounding about was no fun either! That horse rode fine in my trailer with the half divider.

                Then there was looking at used trailers with the scrape marks on both sides, from horses climbing the dividers or trying to keep their footing because they couldn't spread out. Walls were literally in splinters from the shoes clawing them. Lots of other examples in my past of problems with full dividers.

                Glad to hear your horses like your trailer and divider, better than the other choice for them!

                Comment


                • #9
                  I used to have a little 2H straight load bumper pull with a full divider, and I loved it. I don't think I'd ever be comfortable hauling two horses in a side-by-side without a full divider for fear of someone getting stomped on.

                  My old gelding would load himself, haul quietly, etc. The gelding I leased wasn't a good hauler, hence the reason I'd never haul two horses without a full divider. If I hadn't had that full divider I'd hate to think of the damage he would have done. It didn't matter what kind of trailer he was in, he just liked to stomp around and act like a fool unless we were moving. He'd load and unload quietly, but at stop lights or signs he'd start acting up.

                  I don't see how being able to spread their legs overrides safety of a horse getting a leg on the other side and getting stepped on. Pretty sure they will be able to figure out how to balance without standing with their legs spread out. The lady I rode with would put two horses side-by-side in her big stock trailer, no divider, but they were so packed they couldn't spread out or kick and she didn't have problems.

                  Does your trailer have the manger built in at the head, or can she drop her head down?
                  runnjump86 Instagram

                  Horse Junkies United guest blogger

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by runNjump86 View Post
                    IDoes your trailer have the manger built in at the head, or can she drop her head down?

                    I don't like those mangers either. Had a horse go up into it years ago.

                    I want cameras in my trailer so I can see what those goof balls are doing in the back while Im driving. Or should I say to them when the trailer starts moving around, "don't make me come back there!!"
                    Live in the sunshine.
                    Swim in the sea.
                    Drink the wild air.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      My Kingston 2-horse had a wooden divider down to the ground. First time out with it my horse ripped a hind shoe off trying to balance. My bf then made it into a half divider which my horse then broke in half (and horse is no stranger to the trailer...lots of miles on the road). We ended up just taking the divider out to be on the safe side. He's not a kicker but tends to scrape the walls when balancing around turns if he doesn't have enough room.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I don't see how being able to spread their legs overrides safety of a horse getting a leg on the other side and getting stepped on. Pretty sure they will be able to figure out how to balance without standing with their legs spread out. The lady I rode with would put two horses side-by-side in her big stock trailer, no divider, but they were so packed they couldn't spread out or kick and she didn't have problems.

                        I can tell you that they DONT figure this out if they aren't comfortable. I had a mare who BENT the divider w/ her right side and scraped the outside of her hock on the wall while scrambling to keep her balance - and I had a divider that only went 2/3 of the way down... She's happier in a slant; doesn't move hardly a muscle...
                        We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I strongly prefer a slant or open stock load as well, but if your trailer is a 2H straight load and replacing it is not an option, then you have to improvise.

                          Mangers at the head are HORRIBLE. That was the type of trailer I had for a few years, and one time I let someone borrow it (and last, mind you) they were stupid enough to try and tie the horse with a LUNGE LINE because she didn't want to get in, and chase her into the trailer. Amazing thing was, the entire top portion of the manger was curled up like a taco, yet nobody would admit to what happened. Not please.

                          If your horse is kicking to be a turd, then a full divider will be safer. If she's downright nervous in the trailer, and you can't replace it, work with her on it until she's not. It will take awhile. My gelding would shake in our old trailer (sold it with the intent of getting a stock trailer, and now that I don't have a trailer I wish i had it back...) but he eventually got comfortable in it. He was better when he had a high-miles horse with him that would stand like a statue. Positive energy/mindset would rub off on him.
                          runnjump86 Instagram

                          Horse Junkies United guest blogger

                          Comment

                          Working...
                          X