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Bockmann Horse Trailers - your reviews please!

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  • Bockmann Horse Trailers - your reviews please!

    They look interesting. Seeing what your experiences are.

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    I don’t have experience pulling them myself, however, my
    horse has trailered in one. Although it was 7’6 in height it just seemed small. My tb will walk himself into my ‘normal’ trailer but baulked going into that thing. Additionally, the trailers escape door also felt small. And there was only one on the trailer, but that may be different from trailer type to trailer type.

    I also get a really uneasy feeling seeing them pulled by SUVs and jeeps. Their breaking system is different too - not the typical electrical breaks that a normal truck and trailer have.

    I don’t think they’re much cheaper than other trailers. They aren’t for me personally.

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    • #3
      I bought 2016 Champion R in March and I adore it. I tow with an SUV (Hyundai Santa Fe). I only ever haul one horse. I don't feel comfortable with the weight of a second with the SUV (though it's about stress on the engine/transmission, the braking is phenomenal). They're designed differently than North American trailers, lower tongue weight, different balance, etc, and are often hauled by sedans in Europe.

      If I hauled 2 horses regularly, I might find it a bit small. I only have one horse, so it's met my needs perfectly. I'm starting to event, and my two sets if tack (dressage and CC) fit nicely in the cabinet.

      My mare happily self-loads and hauls well, but she's always been a good loader and traveler.

      Happy to answer any specific questions.
      Last edited by MegBackInSaddle; Jul. 26, 2019, 09:09 PM.

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      • #4
        You should talk to greysfordays! She just got a beautiful one.

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        • #5
          I bought a Big Master a few years ago. It tows beautifully. My horse was not a good loader before I got this trailer - by the third trip in it she turned into a self-loader, which I attribute to the WCF shocks. I have medium-sized horses, so I can't say anything about the height, but unless you have a 17hh+ horse I can't see it being a problem.

          I like the safety features (able to release the butt bar or chest bar from outside the trailer should a horse get trapped), I like that it's bright inside, the ramp goes up and down easily and isn't slippery, the trailer seems to ventilate well - horse steps off dry after an hour in 85 degree weather.

          I only haul locally, so I don't miss the lack of a dressing room, though I can fit a lot of stuff in the storage area. Probably the only thing that I don't like is the roll-down flap over the ramp, though I can deal with it.

          The fact that my horse, who previously was not the best traveller, reliably loads herself and stands quietly on it, says a lot about how it rides.

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          • #6
            I am glad to hear it rides well, I find my mare dislikes the ride of straight load bumper trailers which makes things a bit limiting if you want to buy a trailer in the future for just one horse.

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            • #7
              I have a comfort (I think it’s only available in the EU). My horse loves it, our pony loves it and I love it. It’s great to tow, I pull two horses with a smaller SUV the breaks are integrated into the trailer (as is usual in the EU) and they work well. The ramp is super safe and the tack locker on it actually fits tack for two horses 😊

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              • #8
                I have a portax LK. It’s a phenomenal trailer, I honestly can’t say enough good things about it. My horse is probably 17.3h and we pull it with a Range Rover sport. If I can i can ever get another horse to pass the vet, i will haul two of them no problem.

                My horse is a nervous guy, but he walks off the trailer cool as a cucumber even though I’m not an experienced trailer driver. I watch him on an iball camera i put in using some magnets and he looks relaxed. I have the navy bow top and I really hesitated bc I live in southern California and assumed it would be too hot. It really does stay cool. The tack locker can get warm but the double aluminum walls seem to keep the trailer itself cool. I hauled him last week in 95 degree heat and he only had a tiny bit of sweat at his halter and none on his body. And I had to take a canyon road to avoid traffic, so I was certainly sweating!!!

                It’s super easy to clean, and I’ve gotten pretty good at backing it up my steep driveway to park it.

                The breaks are unreal, they work so well. One of the first days I was practicing driving without a horse, someone cut me right off and I had to break hard and there was no pushing at all against the car, it just stopped straight and easy. Kind of amazing.

                While it wasn’t cheap, we didn’t have to get another car to pull it with. we honestly don’t have room for another car in our driveway. And it’s a lot cheaper and more practical than a horsebox. And my horse is so much more relaxed traveling in the boeckmann than the horse box. I did a test run and he was plastered against the side wall for balance.

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                • #9
                  Love mine as well. Have towed my giants with no issue ... when I say giants one is 17.2 and 1650 lbs weighed at the vet clinic. Brilliants, thoughtfully designed trailer. Highly highly recommend.

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                  • #10
                    I've had my Big Champion for a little over a year and really like it. It tows great (I tow with a Toyota Tacoma). The butt bars and ramp are easy to put up. It's easy to hitch up. It's light and airy and easy to clean. It has good safety features. Mine was similar in price to other high end new trailers (like Hawk). They seem to retain their value well and used ones get snapped up pretty quickly. I've towed several friends' horses and they've all stepped on without any hesitation. My mare has some loading issues, but is not any worse loading on my Bockmann than on my trainer's 2H. The tack compartment has plenty of room if I'm just taking my horse, but if I'm taking a friend's we usually have to put stuff in the truck (this is primarily because we event - no way 4 saddles are going to fit in there. For other disciplines, I think there would be room for tack for 2 horses). My only complaint is that i don't really like where the rings for haynets are in the trailer and I'm not brave enough to drill holes in my brand new trailer to add more hooks yet. Maybe in a few years.

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