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Punch side trailer for horses?

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:16 am
by HIGHPLAINS
I am looking for a new aluminum stock trailer, have an Elite stock trailer now and have had lots of problems with cracking on the back corners as well as a few other spots. I have heard the Wilson or Merritt are really durable. I haul horses in it more than cattle and don't know how the punch sides will be.
A few of the issues I have with punch sides:
-no place to tie horses (where do I put tie loops inside and out?)
-where do I run a rope through to load an animal in the field?
-will a horse stick its nose out the hole?
-not as easy to close up in the winter
-not sure I like the ridges in the floor
-are they made to be safe for horses? cattle handle sharp corners better.
-I really like a moveable front gate to use the front compartment for tack or hauling c/c pairs

I looked at a slat side Eby, looks like lots of corners to cut a horse on inside the trailer.

Recommendations or opinions?

Re: Punch side trailer for horses?

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:39 am
by Big Muddy rancher
I just bought a Duralite manly because I didn't care for the punch side trailers. I haven't used it much yet but it looks to be fairly horse friendly.

Re: Punch side trailer for horses?

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:06 am
by Silver
I like the stock combo's because they seem to have considered both horses and cattle in the construction.

Re: Punch side trailer for horses?

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:00 pm
by Faster horses
We have a Featherlite Stock Combo and love it. The one before this we bought in 1999 and loved it too.
It held up exceedingly well on rough roads.
Good luck in your search.

Re: Punch side trailer for horses?

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:16 pm
by Shortgrass
Bolt tie rings on the inside. I have them on the outside.