Sport Horse Spotlight

B&A Jump 1

Real Estate Spotlight

Sale Spotlight

  • Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of 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.



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 may be better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts, though are not legally obligated to do so, regardless of content.

Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting. Moderators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts unless they have been alerted and have determined that a post, thread or user has violated the Forums� policies. Moderators do not regularly independently monitor the Forums for such violations.

Profanity, outright vulgarity, blatant personal insults or otherwise inappropriate statements will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

Users may provide their positive or negative experiences with or opinions of companies, products, individuals, etc.; however, accounts involving allegations of criminal behavior against named individuals or companies MUST be first-hand accounts and may NOT be made anonymously.

If a situation has been reported upon by a reputable news source or addressed by law enforcement or the legal system it is open for discussion, but if an individual wants to make their own claims of criminal behavior against a named party in the course of that discussion, they too must identify themselves by first and last name and the account must be first-person.

Criminal allegations that do not satisfy these requirements, when brought to our attention, may be removed pending satisfaction of these criteria, and we reserve the right to err on the side of caution when making these determinations.

Credible threats of suicide will be reported to the police along with identifying user information at our disposal, in addition to referring the user to suicide helpline resources such as 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.

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 5/9/18)
See more
See less

Trailer Fans: Yay or Nay?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Trailer Fans: Yay or Nay?

    I have a Sundowner two horse straight load and am considering putting two fans in the horse compartment. I live in the southern heat/humidity and currently trailer my horse an hour away for my riding lesson. My horse does fine until I get stuck in slow traffic and the airflow slows down. At that point he can get quite warm. My hope is that the fans will offer some air flow in these situations.

    When I approached my trailer repair shop about installing the fans, the customer service lady told me that they have gone away from installing the fans because they haven't been happy with them and that they don't put out enough air flow to make a difference. She advised me not to do it.

    I would love to hear the pros and cons from those of you that have them. I don't want to spend the money if they are worthless. If you do have them and like them, do you suggest a particular brand/size? TIA!!

  • #2
    Absolutely yes! Even though my trailer has several windows and vents, my horse came off sweaty until I got fans installed. We typically do have to sit in traffic xoming home from a show or trail ride and it's made a huge difference.

    i have a 2 horse slant, and put in 2 fans on the tail side.


    • #3
      I love my fans and run them pretty much every trip.

      Crayola Posse: Violet Blue


      • #4
        I put fans in my 2H Sundowner SL and I love them. Strong recommend.
        When you have a Thoroughbred and a mare and shes got big ears and big eyes, youre set and thats sealed. Jimmy Wofford


        • #5
          I have been looking into adding a fan in my trailer.. The existing trailer wiring is fine for running the LED lights and such, and maybe a small low output personal size fan built to plug into a cigarette lighter outlet, but for a higher flow larger fan I will need to add larger diameter direct wires from the truck to the fans. I'm not sure yet whether the truck wiring to the trailer plug is sufficient size for the draw of a decent high airflow 12V fan.

          If not, I'm considering adding a 12 volt deep cycle marine battery to the trailer as the power source for the fan(s)., with a battery maintainer solar panel setup to charge it between runs.

          I'm still in the midst of the load and duration of run calculations. But I may just go the deep cycle battery route regardless since my hauls are all around an hour.

          Another decision is whether I want individual fans blowing directly on each horse, or an exhaust type fan to draw the hot air out of the trailer and pulling in cooler outside air.


          • #6
            Yes, get them. My 2-horse straight load has 4 fans mounted on the ceiling. One at the head and one at the rear for each horse. They can be adjusted to blow on each horse depending on height, each has a low and high speed. Even though my trailer has plenty of ventilation, it can get pretty hot here in Florida when in slow moving traffic.


            • #7
              Another option, especially if you don't have power available...
              (Milwaukee M18 Jobsite Fan)

              It has holes in the bottom to slide over mounting screws or bolts, so you could put it on the head wall during travel, then use it in the dressing room while you're at the venue.
              ... with Patrick and Henry


              • Original Poster

                You all have confirmed what my gut was telling me. Time to order the fans! Are you all using the small 9" diameter ones?


                • #9
                  I'll be the voice of dissent. I've never met anyone who thought those fans were worth the time/cost to put them in (also in the deep south)

                  In fact a few of us had a private conversation to discuss alternatives to the (generally agreed to be) POS fans. One person mounted and wired in 02cool fans and was happier with them than the industry option (they are bigger). The rest of us did a variation on the Milwaukee suggestion and bought the Ryobi Air cannon+batteries, which is AWESOME. (In my case I have stud doors and a +1 area so I just set it down there and I hearth that thing so much)
                  Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


                  • #10
                    I adored my trailer fans when I had the Equispirit. They were in the upper right or left corner of the horse space, and aimed right at the horse's head. They ran off the tow vehicle battery and used very little charge, so I could stop for food, turn on fans, open windows, and not worry. However that was an unusually cool and well insulated trailer.

                    Generally, with a horse in an enclosed space, any air movement is a great idea.


                    • #11
                      To follow up, a 20 inch box fan from a big box store, which many use for stalls, moves approximately 2,000 cubic feet of air per minute. In comparison, the best 9 inch 12 volt fan I have found so far is a heavy duty, metal Maradyne brand, manufactured in Cleveland, which moves 270 cubic feet per minute. The cheaper plastic import fans vary, but their airflow is in the 140 CFM range. Now I am wondering whether such a small airflowfan is worth the effort to install.

                      Amperage draw of the 9 inch fans variy as well, depending on motor size, but the Maradyne fan draws 2.7 amps - so a pair would draw 5.4 amps. more on startup. I found that on my trailer, the existing wiring for its lights is not adequate gauge to tap into for the fans. I will need to run dedicated larger gauge wires for the two fans.

                      I suppose, as posted above by thoroughbred21 , something is better than nothing.


                      • #12
                        In my 2 + 1 trailer, the two tiny fans mean the difference between my horses sweating, or not. Even when its only in the 80's, they will sweat without them on.