You know how you know what something is, but you never really know how that something works?! For example, I certainly know a computer server when I see one. But, have I ever looked inside? No. I just know is transports information from one place to another.
Same with mini-horse trailers. I know they take mini horses from one place to another, but I’d never looked inside…
Sweet Hubby decided to kidnap me and take me on a surprise outing for Mother’s Day. Very secretly, he managed to find a horsey thing in the area that he knew I knew nothing about.
The reason he knew that I knew nothing about this horsey event was because he said that it wasn’t publicized very well and he had to really hunt for the website…
The wonderful part of this was that he tried so hard to surprise me and he succeeded!
The ironic part about this particular horsey event was that it was so obscure, we were the only car parked in front of the Livestock arena. (Hubby thought he had gotten the dates wrong.) Tumbleweeds passed us as we walked to explore further.
Upon entering the huge (HUGE) arena, we were the only people there besides a clutch of supportive relatives, the yawning concession person and a lonely ticket taker asleep on his stool.
IT WAS A MINI SHOW!
OMG. What is cuter than a few tiny horses in a huge arena?!
I took photos (with the zoom on all the way) and found these little hellions hysterically cute. They were doing everything big horses do at shows except no one was taking them seriously.
I saw one mare rip into her handler and the handler simply swatted her off like a fly. The ittybitty mare was so frustrated!
When they brought in the studs, the entire auditorium was echoing with shrill little screams and hollers. Ha!
I was tittering with glee! We went outside and moved through the few decorated barns. I couldn’t stand it! All those tiny creatures decked out in their best sleezies- hoods and all. Loved it!
Anyway, what I wanted to speak about today was not the mini horses, but their carriers. Yup, mini-horse trailers.
As we strolled back to the car, we walked through the trailer parking. That is when I saw them… The most amazing little rigs! I took several photos because I had never noticed these things on the freeways or highways before. Or, if I did, I probably just thought they were campers or elaborate dog crates. I had no idea!
How do they get the minis in there? Can they see out? Is the ride really rough? Or is it more smooth because they are riding on a truck suspension? Can you look out the back of the truck and see their little faces? Can you have both windows open and feed them carrots? Do they make living quarters versions? If so, can tall people stand up inside?
I had so much to learn…
MY STUDY IN MINI TRAILERS
OK, there are several varieties…
1) REGULAR: The regular type mini trailer seems like a big horse trailer that has been sized down to accommodate a mini. Here you see that the dividers are lower. But, the windows aren’t – in comparison. So, I don’t think they can see out. But, I’m not sure on that one. Anyway, everyone is fairly familiar on how these work…
2) BOX: This is the one that caught my eye. The Box fits into your truck bed! You can have several variations and up to a 5 horse size! I was totally amazed by the ability to fit 5-6 horses in the back of a truck!
The Box has a pull-out ramp that seems safe enough.
In the Box design, it seemed like the horse could see out better than the Regular version.
And, I wondered if the ride would be smoother because they were on top of a truck suspension. Dunno.
3) ALUMINUM POPPER BOX: I don’t know why they call these Poppers… They work the same way as the boxes but are lighter in weight.
4) BOB’S: I saw this style at the mini show I attended. It looks like a camper shell! I wrote down the manufacturer. It was ‘Mini Horse Haulers by Bob’. He had many designs on his website and it seemed well organized and thought out. It appears that this is all he does… Mini Horse Hauling Trailers.
The website had many options and all kinds of descriptions. If I had a mini, I’d probably go to him and pester him with lots of question. I live near Bob’s factory so it could still happen…
5) THE EUROPEAN: I liked this one quite a bit. But, is is not available in the US, so far. What do you think?
6) GOAT HAULER: I really liked this one from the point of view of the horse. It is a goat hauler. And, it will fit minis.
As you can see, the animals can look outside. I like that.
It has drop down windows with the bars inside. It has padded dividers that are see-through. Nice flooring. I like this one.
So, if you are in the market, don’t forget to look at goat trailers!
7) CONVERSION INSERTS: This is a great idea! If you already have a trailer, these mini adaptations can be slipped into the deck of your trailer and then expanded to fit tightly.
Brilliant! Now owners don’t have to sell their regular sized trailers and buy a new mini trailer. They can convert their own.
And, since many of us convert to minis as we get older and have already had large horse trailers, this is a great solution!
7) DOG TRAILER: This just cracked me up. It is a trailer that goes behind a motorcycle for your dog!
9) THE ‘AW JUST PUT ‘EM IN THE VAN’ TRAILER: Simple design. Easy to install. Affordable.
10) MY PERSONAL FAV: After all, you get a mini because they are so much easier than a horse! And cute!!
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