I have a horse trailer question. I'd like to replace the butt bar setup on my trailer. I have a large 2 horse gooseneck aluminum straight load. It has double doors in the back, equally divided. Also a ramp that closes over the double doors. Inside, there are posts, back and front that support a divider. You get the idea. I LOVE this trailer. Except:
The butt bars are hokey. I wanted the butt bars and chest bars to be adjustable in height to accommodate different sized horses. There are 3 sets of 2 holes each, one on top of the other put into the rear center post on either side. I select which set to use depending on the height of the horse. The butt bars have two short pins on one end that fit into these holes. The other side of the butt bars have a single spring loaded pin. To "close" the butt bar, I put the pins into the holes on the center post, then reach across, BEHIND the horse, to release a spring loaded pin that pops into a hole (3 choices there also) on the opposite side. It is cumbersome, awkward, and in my opinion, dangerous. I've lived with it (literally!) all these years as my horses are all good with trailering.
I'd like to replace this with a different, safer, and quicker set up. I'm thinking about chains instead of a solid butt bar. I would be grateful for advice, ideas and opinions on this. If photos would be helpful, I will take some.
Sometimes I wonder if the folk who design horse floats are even horse people. A friend brought a new one and her hubby had to go around it to make it horse friendly, had to make adjustments and change some catches.
All the butt bars or chains we have had mean you have to lean behind the horse to do them up. I can't think of another way to do this, as it seems we are either reaching across from the outside wall of the float or standing on the ramp and reaching across to the outside wall. Not very desirable but all we can do is make sure the horse is 100% okay in the float to the best of our ability so there is no thought from the animal that he is going to rush out.
Sorry not much help here, perhaps have a look at a lot of pictures of butt bars in different floats and see if there is a catch design that is quick to latch and release.
My trailer goes in this week to the local welding shop. I am having them add some reinforcement below the existing holes and then drill more holes at lower settings to accommodate one of my horses who has an incredible ability to lower her haunches. She probably couldn't get below the bar, but I'm not taking that chance. It was the simplest solution.
Happy and safe trailering everyone!
Last edited on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 02:52 am by Aloha