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    Default Horse float problems

    Not the worst one I've seen by far but it's one of the worst I've see while there's been a passenger in my car with me to take pictures.

    This was on the freeway heading south this morning doing ~100 kph in heavy Easter traffic.

    Yes there were two horses aboard.

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    I will be honest and say all I can see is the rear of the car seems high. Is that the problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by .RC. View Post
    I will be honest and say all I can see is the rear of the car seems high. Is that the problem?
    Yep.
    Photo doesn't really do it justice, the float and trailer were at times rocking back and forth so much so that the front wheels of the trailer were not touching the road.

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    Some people have S**t for brains, if they had to brake suddenly, not only would an ambulance be called but a Vet also.
    Disgusting behaviour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KBs PensNmore View Post
    Some people have S**t for brains, if they had to brake suddenly, not only would an ambulance be called but a Vet also.
    Disgusting behaviour.
    Kryn
    Besides the hitch point on the vehicle being too high being too (a problem that could have been fixed with a $100 offset tow hitch) it looked like the horses were also not tethered far enough forward in the float placing most of the weight towards the back of the float.

    Hopefully they didn't have to far to go.

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    I'd be more inclined to say that the vehicle towball is too low; the float loaded too far to the rear and the driver is an idiot.

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    I don't know if this YouTube video has been shown in the trailer section here before .
    How and why not to load a trailer up the wrong way.






    I wonder how someone could get a horse float so badly loaded up with two horses? Crazy !

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBs PensNmore View Post
    Some people have S**t for brains, if they had to brake suddenly, not only would an ambulance be called but a Vet also.
    Disgusting behaviour.
    Kryn
    I think in instances the cops issue a ticket to the driver, and a bullet for the horse.

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    Default Horse float problems

    Looking at the location of the wheels on the trailer, how is it possible for this trailer to have an aft CofG? How does one ensure correct load balance in a horse float?
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    I was wondering that . I reckon if itís two horses in there then they may be smaller than full grown and are standing back a bit ? Because a full size horses rear is not that far off the end and they have a bar up front to make sure they donít go to far forward . Full size dont have a lot of room to move forward or back . Maybe a foot each way .

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    The car could just have raised suspension.
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    The varying weights of Horses and whether there's one or two is mostly the reason why Horse Floats are built with their wheels much further rearward than the conventional "rule of thumb" for building trailers. It's also why they're usually built with Non Load-sharing suspension. But it does then require much more critical attention to the towball height.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yonnee View Post
    It's also why they're usually built with Non Load-sharing suspension.
    Why is that exactly?
    I'm currently doing up a horse float that has non load sharing suspension and I had thoughts of updating it ... but maybe that's not a good idea.
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    Having non load-sharing suspension on a trailer means it's less critical where the load is placed in the trailer. With a load-sharing suspension, any load placed forward of the centre hanger is transfered onto the ball weight because the trailer just pivots at that spot. Subsequently, the reverse is also true where any load placed rearward of the hanger reduces the ball weight. But this also means that the axle rating is shared and is always exactly half of the trailer's capacity.
    With NON load-sharing suspension, as the load is moved forward or rearward of centre, some of this is taken by the front or rear spring set and reduces the effect of this weight directly transfered to the tow ball. However, this means the axle capacity needs to be (according the Vehicle Standards Bulletin) 120% of it's share, ie; a 2000Kg rated trailer must have 1200Kg Axles.
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    Thanks for clarifying that.
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