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    #21
    Originally posted by rockymouse View Post
    OP, I'd get the longer trailer for evac purposes. I'd also take out the divider, but that's just me. I live in ranch country. You can hop in my truck and on our drive through town you'd probably see a half dozen open-bar trailers like you posted with horses and cattle in every one. I've never heard of an accident with one of them, but that doesn't mean it's never happened. That said, in the one you got, I'd just tie the horses next to each other along the side. Enjoy your new trailer!
    I saw that a lot, too, back home (out West).

    basic safety is important, but also handling. I learned to drive a truck and horse trailer when I first learned to drive. I go easy on corners, starts, stops, and rough roads. I have seen people drive pretty nutty in the nicest trailers and their horses get out much sweatier than mine.

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      #22
      Originally posted by candyappy View Post
      I have a trailer like the first link (the CM). Mine is a WW 16 ft horse stock trailer. I live in a hot humid climate and my horses are fine even when hauled in the summer. I much prefer it to an enclosed trailer ( had one previously).
      Thanks, candyappy! By the way, our 15.2 horse is an Appy. I do like their personalities.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Moonlitoaks View Post

        Thanks, candyappy! By the way, our 15.2 horse is an Appy. I do like their personalities.
        Me too !!

        BTW: We have hauled in some pretty cold, wet and crappy weather long distances and the horses were dry and just fine during the trips.

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          #24
          Great information from everyone! Thank you.

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          • #25
            I used to use a 6.5’ tall, 14’ stock trailer to haul, before I bought my current trailer.

            I didn’t love the height, but it was “fine.” But I couldn’t comfortably use the center gate- the stalls were too small for my 15.3h horses. I had to keep it open to haul.

            I would definitely go with the 16’ length.
            Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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            • #26
              Georgia, https://www.beetrailers.com/bumper-stock-trailers.php
              ... _. ._ .._. .._

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                #27
                Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                That Bee trailer looks interesting. I have to compare prices, but the divider looks safer than a simple tube gate in the CM trailers. How does the quality compare between the two? Does anyone know?

                Sounds like the 16 foot is the better option.

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                  #28
                  The Bee is 2K more. Too much for us.

                  The good news is that we should be able to afford a trailer big enough to evacuate, in case of emergencies, before hurricane season begins. Peace of mind.

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                  • #29
                    The divider in the cm doesn't really worry me personally

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                      #30
                      You guys are going to hate me, but I went with the open bar trailer for several reasons, once I saw them both in person.

                      Our horse isn't as tall tall as I thought, but I am used to my barely 14 hand Mustang, so I thought he was over 15 hands. He's not. He's barely 15 hands. I bought head bumpers for both horses, just in case.

                      The trailer is solid for the first couple of feet and the bars are not wide enough to get a hoof between. The dividing gate has very narrow vertical bars that are much safer for our horses. They already turned a standard pipe gate in their paddock into a pretzel. Both had minor injuries that still required the vet. The open bar trailer is much wider and the horses can easily turn around to walk out. The escape door is wider and safer. All the latches were much more secure from accidental openings. The trailer was much heavier and much more solid, with thicker steel. I thought the CM walls felt flimsy. My last trailer had thick steel walls, so maybe I was spoiled. We paid more for less length with the open bar trailer, but the width makes up for that. The last trailer was a slant load and wide, but this one even wider.

                      I did not have them install mats. I thought I would do it myself after some thought. One opinion I have heard is that it channels the urine to the corners and sides, allowing for the acid in the urine to break down the steel faster, than if they just peed on the wood floor. This was an issue with the last trailer. If we get mats, we have to drag them out and rinse them after every trailering. I know I won't do that every time when I'm tired after hauling all day and just want to get the horses unloaded and settled. I can replace the wood floor, but I can't repair the metal holding it up. What do you guys think? Is it worth it to cover the floor with mats? This is for hauling within 50 miles. We don't really do long trips. I did multiple states and even cross country when I was in college and the military, but now, it's just local trails and hauling livestock to auction or delivering them to new homes.

                      We drove it home yesterday. It handled very well. The width will take a little getting used to. I kept checking my mirrors in the construction zone. We loaded the horse and pony when we got home and they hopped right in, ate some treats, and we unloaded them. They seemed to really like it. For our taller horse, we'll wait for the bumper to come in. He is new and not as easy to haul, so we'll do several training sessions with him before taking him anywhere.

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                        #31
                        I forgot to mention that it's 6 1/2 feet tall and the interior is 6 1/2 feet wide (wheel wells make it even wider).

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                          #32
                          I looked at all the flooring options, but I think I will just go with mats, again. I like the thick ones with grooves that TSC sells. I had trouble with them slipping on my last trailer, but this one seems to have a tiny lip between the metal edge and the last board. Since they will need to be lifted regularly for cleaning, I really don't want to use screws, like I had to before. The good news is that it's much cooler to work inside this trailer. I hate handling mats.

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by Moonlitoaks View Post
                            The Bee is 2K more. Too much for us.

                            The good news is that we should be able to afford a trailer big enough to evacuate, in case of emergencies, before hurricane season begins. Peace of mind.
                            I realize this is not the intent of the thread BUT. you need to develop plans now as to just where you would go when you evacuate. Have at least two destinations that are not near one another. Get the Hard Print maps of the routes now that have all the roads on them ..not just the google here you go from point to point as when an evacuation goes goes to hell you do not want to be locked on an interstate.

                            Just read about the Houston evacuation for hurricane Rita

                            Some 2.5 million people hit the road ahead of the storm’s arrival. The worst day was probably Thursday, Sept. 22, as every conceivable evacuation route was clogged well past capacity.
                            https://www.chron.com/news/houston-w...ta-9236850.php

                            You Do Not Want to be in that

                            (by the way, the same goes for Fires, have multiple destinations mapped out)

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by Moonlitoaks View Post
                              I looked at all the flooring options, but I think I will just go with mats, again. I like the thick ones with grooves that TSC sells. I had trouble with them slipping on my last trailer, but this one seems to have a tiny lip between the metal edge and the last board. Since they will need to be lifted regularly for cleaning, I really don't want to use screws, like I had to before. The good news is that it's much cooler to work inside this trailer. I hate handling mats.
                              Have you considered EVA mats? More expensive but much lighter (so easier to pull out). I hope to someday replace the heavy-duty rubber mats in my trailer with the EVA ones.

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                                #35
                                Thanks for the tip, Jarpur! I'll look into that.

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                                  #36
                                  Originally posted by clanter View Post

                                  I realize this is not the intent of the thread BUT. you need to develop plans now as to just where you would go when you evacuate. Have at least two destinations that are not near one another. Get the Hard Print maps of the routes now that have all the roads on them ..not just the google here you go from point to point as when an evacuation goes goes to hell you do not want to be locked on an interstate.

                                  Just read about the Houston evacuation for hurricane Rita



                                  https://www.chron.com/news/houston-w...ta-9236850.php

                                  You Do Not Want to be in that

                                  (by the way, the same goes for Fires, have multiple destinations mapped out)
                                  Thanks, Clanter. We are lucky. We have two evacuation points; one North, one South. Neither one requires an interstate.

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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by Moonlitoaks View Post
                                    Thanks for the tip, Jarpur! I'll look into that.
                                    You're very welcome. I hate pulling mats! My husband isn't a big fan, either.

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