I am in the market for a new (used) trailer. I had a pretty bad accident this past weekend (some of you follow me on IG) and almost couldn’t get my horse loaded to go to the hospital. *A lot of it was pain related, but I have three big horses who also easily hit their head in my current trailer - accident horse included - so that didn’t help.
Anyway, I’ve been pretty open with my requirements - I want a 4H+, GN, at least 7’ tall, and <$15K. Don’t care what make, don’t care what year, don’t need fancy dressing rooms or weekender packages or whatever.
I’m trying to buy through a dealership because I feel like it’s a little less sketch than buying privately. The dealership I usually work with for annual maintenance has a pretty big network and we found a trailer that hits all my boxes - a 2005 Exiss that looks to be in decent condition.
My problem is that whoever traded it in had someone add extra aluminum to the front two stalls of the horse area, and we don’t know why. I have a couple of friends with like, heavy draft type horses who have done this to reinforce that area. I’ve also heard of it being a cosmetic fix if there are dings or some corrosion in the existing aluminum. BUT I really don’t know what the likelihood of either of those are.
Has anyone ever seen this done, and if so, do you have any idea what the rationale behind it would be? Basically, I’m just trying to avoid buying a trailer that my horse is somehow going to fall through. I’ll have the dealership do an annual maintenance (repack bearings, inspect wires, etc) on whatever I buy - I’m honestly just so used to my trusty 2004 3H BP with a wood floor that I haven’t ever run into this.