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Old 28-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #11
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What you need to do if you have two big horses is to get them weighed prior to purchasing the trailer, make sure that you include all the stuff that you would normally take to a show with you including water.
I would have no hesitations in buying another I for Williams trailer because I like the front unload option, the only thing I am not sure about is the fact the sides used to fade in the UK after a few years so not sure what the harsh Australian sun would do to them after a few years.
Mechanically and structurally they are 100 better than most of the China imports. I have spoken to a few float manufactures and they spend a lot of time fixing imports rather than making new floats.
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Old 29-04-2013, 07:10 AM   #12
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I have an ifor Williams float and love it. They are safe, easy and lovely to tow. They won't rust and have so many safety features. It is legal to tow two big horses. They also have the breakaway safety brakes. Best floats ever IMHO
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Love our Ifor, its fantastic for training the youngsters, lots of room for mare and foals, and nice and roomy inside for even our biggest horses. We have the extended height and length one. Would def buy another.
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Old 29-04-2013, 11:13 AM   #14
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What do they cost new, say for a standard 2 horse straight load? And can float yard panels be hung from the sides?

I had a look at an angle load at a show a while back and was impressed, I liked that it could be adjusted from 2 horse to 3 pony. That would be my other option I think rather than a 2 horse straight.
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Sorry Archie it depends how big your horses are Australian Standards are different than the UK so don't go off the UK specs, if you check with the Australian dealerships and they will be honest with you. Just because they can fit two 17hh horses in doesn't mean that its legal, you can run the risk but if you have an accident don't be surprised if your insurance company doesn't pay out.
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Old 29-04-2013, 12:05 PM   #16
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Default Approx weights

Dartmoor pony 112 cm (11 hh) 140 cm 200-250 kg
New Forrest 142 cm (14 hh) 165 cm 350-450 kg
Arab 142 cm (14 hh) 170 cm 400-500 kg
Thoroughbred 163 cm (16 hh) 190 cm 500-550 kg
Warmblood 173 cm (17 hh) 205 cm 580-640 kg
Shire 183 cm (18 hh) 210 cm 700-800 kg
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Old 29-04-2013, 12:48 PM   #17
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There is a lot of floats out there both new and secondhand that aren't legal to tow 2 big horses because of the weight of the float empty so when you add the horses the whole package goes overweight for the suspension and the hitch but that isn't the manufacturers fault it's the fault of the purchaser for not doing their homework before buying, and don't get me started on the cars people tow them with
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Old 30-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #18
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Does it not depend on what your car is? And what it is rated to tow?
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The loaded mass of the trailer must not exceed the lesser of: Rated capacity of the towbar and tow coupling. Maximum towing capacity of the vehicle. Maximum carrying capacity of the trailer. Maximum rated carrying capacity of the tyres.

If the vehicle manufacturer has not specified the maximum towing mass, the maximum towing mass is: One and a half times the unladen mass of the towing vehicle, provided that the trailer is fitted with brakes which are connected and in working order, or the unladen mass of the towing vehicle if the trailer does not require brakes.

Vehicles with a manufacturer?s gross combination mass (GCM) more than 4.5 tonne may tow in accordance with the above requirements.The GCM is the gross combination mass of the car and loaded Horse Float.

Once again we recommend that if you are in any doubt to contact your manufacturer or retailer of your horse float and discuss any concerns you may have.

BRAKING SYSTEM

The minimum braking system for a float depends on the type of Horse Float, its weight and the weight of the vehicle: 0 ? 750 kg loaded weight ? no brakes required. 751 ? 2000 kg loaded weight ? braking on both wheels on at least one axle. 2001- 4500 kg loaded weight ? braking on all wheels, and an automatic breakaway system in case the trailer becomes detached from the vehicle. Brakes must be operable from the driver?s seating position.
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Yes, over 750kg they must have brakes on the wheels... but they DONT have to be electric brakes. They could be hydraulic brakes.
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