Thursday, May 17, 2012

Did you know Horse Trailer Manufacturing is not regulated?


"Do you have any Good, Used trailers?" I hear this phrase numerous times daily.  It's almost like we are programmed to use those words “good" and "used" in conjunction with each other. 

The fact is, finding a good trailer and a used trailer is quite contradictory. 

For a "good" trailer, it has to be safe.  What type of flooring does it have, the roof material, what are the dividers constructed of, can your horse see through the head portion of the divider, is the trailer well ventilated, well lite, will your horse be claustrophobic, will it hold together in an accident? ....all of these are things to consider. 

....Let's face it; the "bottom line" has become the driving factor for decisions, including most companies building horse trailers.  Large corporations are building horse trailers on mass production assembly lines like the automobile industry for the purpose of driving down cost and becoming more profitable. 

Unlike the automobile industry that is highly regulated by the government, there are few regulations for safety on trailers, so it is up to the individual company how "Safe" a trailer is built.   Since there are few regulations, and we all know "profits" are what all decisions are based on, you can fill in the blanks with your own mind.  To be more profitable, and to have a lower sales price, it becomes necessary to cut cost on every corner and perhaps sacrifice quality at the risk of safety.

While you may like the idea of lower pricing, you probably expect and assume all trailers are safe.  If you look at your trailer buying decision not as "how much does it cost?", but rather "does this company care about me and my horses safety", your entire perspective will change.

Over the next few weeks, we will discuss simple things to look for that may help you answer that question. 

Here is a sneak peak:Rear Tack compartments.  Various designs and are they safe...stay tuned!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Generators for Your Horse Trailer that We Recommend

If you spend a lot of time in your living quarters horse trailer, you know how important it is to have a reliable generator. One that does the job efficiently and dependably.

Think about it; most likely, one of the reasons you bought a Horse trailer to camp in, in the long run, was to save money. Having those living quarters means you don’t have to spend additional money on hotel rooms or eat at a restaurant for every meal.

After all, when you’re regularly traveling to horse shows and other equine activities, entry fees and fuel expenses can eat up a big chunk of money. Tack on hotel and restaurant bills and you’ve got nothing left over to pay the mortgage with!

So, if you’re thinking about buying a generator that gives you the most bang for your buck, we suggest you consider a Honda generator.

Why do we recommend Honda? Because in our experience, we’ve found them to be very lightweight, portable, fuel-efficient, and quiet.

Now mind you, we’re not a dealer for Honda nor do we receive anything from them for endorsing these generators. We just think they’re a good product and want to share this information with our customers.

So take a look at them. And remember, if you have any questions about horse trailers or generators; feel free to contact us anytime at (800) 435-6274 or sales@doubledtrailers.com.
We’d love to hear from you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Maintain Your Horse's Hocks

Maintain Your Horse’s Hocks

In other newsletters I’ve written about the benefits of establishing regular maintenance for your horse trailer and tow vehicle.

But how about regular maintenance for your horse?

Just like your trailer or truck, he has parts that, over time, can wear down due to overuse. One area that often becomes problematic is the hocks.

Whether you use your horse for reining, dressage, or something in between, there may come a time when his hocks get achy. And sore hocks can definitely interfere with your horse’s ability to perform at his best.

So if this happens, what are your options?

A popular yet expensive choice is hock injections. Your vet will give the injection, which sends hyaluronic acid into the joint. The hyaluronic acid lubricates the joint and helps the depleted synovial fluid do its job.

As I mentioned, hock injections are pricey, often running into the hundreds of dollars. Most likely, your horse will need to be sedated for this procedure. If your horse is sensitive (like one of mine was), he could react to the sedation by colicking. However, many horses respond very positively and improve dramatically (mine did.)

How long your horse benefits may vary. Some horses do well with once a year injections, others may need to have the injections repeated more frequently.

Another option is feeding your horse an oral supplement that contains hyaluronic acid. There are many on the market to choose from. Initially, supplementing orally with hyaluronic acid was deemed questionable as to how useful it was. But over time, this practice appears to have produced results and has grown more popular. And if you’re trying to keep expenses down, this is a practical alternative.

Most likely, your horse was a big investment for you. So it’s worth your while to invest in a therapy that will work well for him and keep him going for years to come.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Affordable Living Quarter Horse Trailer

Buffalo Series Living Quarters Horse Trailers

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a living quarters horse trailer yet never felt you could afford one, I’d like to introduce you to our Buffalo Series Living Quarters horse trailers.

I’ve mentioned before that we manufacture all of our Double D horse trailers here at our facility, so that means there’s no middle man involved, which saves you money. We build the trailers and then sell them directly to you. That goes for our Buffalo line of trailers too. This gives them a reasonable price tag. (If you’re wondering what “reasonable price tag” means, click here.)

At Double D, we get it that some horse people may be first-time, living quarters horse trailer buyers who don’t want to spend a fortune, but still want a well-equipped trailer. That’s who we had in mind when we designed the Buffalo series. But even if you’re not a first-timer, you’ll still appreciate what this line of trailers has to offer.

Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the features:

• Double D’s state-of-the-art Z-Frame® Technology, SafeBump Roof®, and SafeKick® Wall System

• Folding wall rear tack design

• Walk-thru door from dressing room to horse area

• Wood grain style cabinets and woodworking

• 6’ short wall x 10’ long wall living quarter area

The list of features goes on and on. If you’re interested and want to see what else comes with the Buffalo Series, click here. We think you’ll like it.

Or contact us. We’re always happy to answer any of your questions. Just call 800-435-6274 or email us at sales@doubledtrailers.com.

Sometimes dreams can come true!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Does Your Horse Recognize You?

Does Your Horse Recognize You?

A French study appears to confirm something that we probably already knew. That your horse does recognize you and expects certain behavior from you.

The research study took place at the Université de Rennes in Paimpont, France. Carol Sankey, MSc, PhD led the study.

The study involved 16 horses which Sankey and her fellow researchers raised from birth. The only time any of the study horses interacted with humans was at feeding time. And when all the horses reached age two, Sankey taught them to stand for 60 seconds after receiving the voice command “stand.”

After five days, each horse was competent in obeying the command. At this point, the researchers observed and recorded each horse’s behavior when Sankey gave the stand command and then gave the horse varying levels of attention such as standing in front of it and looking at it, turning her back on the horse, or closing her eyes while facing it. For the most part, the majority of the horses showed little interest in what Sankey was doing, that is, they did not watch her or move towards her. However, closing her eyes while facing the horses registered a reaction from more than half of the horses. Head movement and feet movement drastically increased when she did this, indicating that the horses noticed this.

Researchers concluded that the horses displayed this behavior because they had never seen Sankey do this before (close her eyes) so it wasn’t expected. Their lack of interest in her other actions was because they were familiar with that behavior from her in the past.

However, the horses reacted much differently when a stranger performed the same activities. All of the horses “monitored” him, turning their heads to watch or moving towards him.
What does this all mean?

The researchers believe that it means a horse does recognize a human and if that human is around the horse often, the horse comes to expect certain behavior from him. I believe these results also support why horses respond well to consistent training methods vs. erratic ones. If you’re a constant in your horse’s life and always treat him in a consistent manner, he accepts it as the norm and is okay with it. On the other hand, if you always change the way that you interact with your horse, he’s constantly surprised and confused.

Something to keep in mind next time you handle your horse.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Technology and Horses

Technology and Horses, Sometimes the Old-Fashioned Way is Best

It’s good to know that even in these technological times, sometimes good old-fashioned ingenuity still beats out the hi-tech options.

Let me tell you what I mean.

Over the weekend, I heard a news report about a woman who went trail riding from a farm in Berlin, MA. Apparently, while out on the trail, the rider and horse parted ways and the horse returned home alone.

The rider had carried a cell phone with her but couldn’t use it due to the fall. However, the phone had a GPS system.

When the horse came back rider-less, the boarders and farm owner decided to call the local police. They told them what had happened and shortly after, the police and EMTs arrived at the farm with a couple of ATVs.

It was late afternoon by the time the searchers started out looking for the injured woman. Because the trail was overgrown and brushy, the going was slow, and not too long after, the rescuers lost the GPS signal.

About this time, one of the boarders jumped on her horse and set out on the trail. By following clues such as fresh hoof prints and manure, and calling out the woman’s name, it wasn’t long before she located the injured rider. At that point, she called the rescuers from her cell phone and directed them to the spot.

At the hospital, doctors found that the rider had suffered back trauma, a broken collarbone, and breathing problems from the fall. Regardless, the injured woman was grateful for the resourceful boarder and her trusty steed.

The moral of this story is don’t think that technology is the only way to go to solve a problem these days. Sometimes, the best solutions are the tried and true ones.

Double D Trailers, Inc.