Is Trailering Horses With The Windows Open Safe? Watch This Video…

This video explains some of the things that can happen when trailering horses with the windows open. I understand that many owners want to let their horses stick their heads out and get fresh air etc. The problem is that it is not safe! A lot of people don’t know or understand the hazards and they are well meaning horse people – please Share this on Facebook and get the word out!

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30 Responses

  1. sheri

    Been trailering horses for decades and I have left windows open and down IN CERTAIN SITIATIONS……never had a problem….no different than a stock trailer.

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    • Anonymous

      Very different than a stock trailer .All the stock trailers I have
      seen the horses cant get their head out. That is so dangerous.

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    • Kathy

      Way different then a stock trailer. Was actually witness to a horse jumping out an open window. Yes they really can fit. This mare was tied so she got her head, neck and forelegs out and was stopped by the rope. She almost died before we were able to help her. That’s why there are drop down bars on most trailers. Use them.

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      • Ayesha

        You’re kidding me right? Fly masks is your solution? Please tell me you don’t own horses; because that is literally the stupidest answer I have ever heard. I’ve sadly witnessed a horse’s head get taken clean off by a semi truck because they neglected to put the bars up on the window. I’m sure a fly mask will protect the horse from that too.

      • EMS

        I don’t condone driving with trailer windows down, but I think the semi taking off the horse’s head is urban myth. Sorry, I call BS on that one. If a semi is that close, you’re in an accident, and I work at a job where I see a lot of accidents. I even asked a state patrolman if he’d ever seen that and he asked if those folks were hauling a giraffe! However eye injuries and attempts to exit the trailer ARE real concerns. My normally calm horse jumped into the trailer manger for some unknown reason on one trip and tried to get out of the little window he broke with his hooves. I have no idea what set him off, but he ended up with 20 stitches in his face and legs. You just never know.

    • Anonymous

      Why must people be critical of what the author of this video is trying to do. It’s about the horse being protected & saving you a Vet bill or heartache. There’s no condemnation but sound advice & yet you attack him videoing while driving. Fill up a glass & see it as half full & be open to seeing something positive from this.

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    • Anonymous

      Have you ever had a rock hit your windshield? That is pretty much the same thing!

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  2. Angie

    I beleave it is ok to leave the windows down in a trailer as long as there are bars on the windows to keep the horse from getting their head out.

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  3. Jessica Roberts

    I understand that many drivers think it’s safe to text, call, take videos on their cells while driving. The problem is that it is not safe! A lot of people don’t know or understand the hazards and they are well meaning….
    Seriously, this idiot taking the video is doing something even more dangerous while trying to explain how dangerous something that someone else is doing is…

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  4. Jenny Drumm

    I have a friend that’s seen the results of 2 different horses that had their head out the window & got hit by the mirror of an oncoming semi! It’s not pretty! Both horses had to be put down immediately!

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  5. Ed Dabney

    In the summer I drive with windows down but bars up and I also put fly masks on my horses just as added protection from road debris, sand or insects that might be blown through the bars. Seems it would make sense for manufacturers to design trailers so horses heads are toward the side of the road instead of toward on coming traffic.

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    • Dawn Carroll

      I worked for a lady who actually had her trailer designed so that the horses heads were tied on the passenger side of the trailer. All the drop down windows had bars on them. When you see a headless horse you will understand why letting them stick their heads out is so dangerous. And no videoing while driving isn’t safe either but maybe there was a passenger that was doing the videoing while the guy talked.
      To the person who saw no difference between a stock trailer and a trailer with drop down doors where a horse can stick their heads completely out. I am sure you have thought about the responses here, thought about the possibilities that could go wrong, and have had a change of procedure on how you haul your horses.

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  6. Alex

    Not only is allowing anyone…human or animal…to hang out a window dangerous and irresponsible it is also illegal. Horses do not need to “get fresh air” by hanging their heads out. Trailers are ventilated. They won’t suffocate. And the excuse “I’ve always done it and never had a problem” doesn’t make it safe. It just means your stupidity hasn’t caught up with you.

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  7. Anonymous

    First of all if Steven Spielberg with the camera over here knew the man driving, he would show respect and not single out a mother fucker, and would not have worry or concern for those horses well being. Second. I persoanly know the man driving and I can promise you that, this man is very proud and devoted, he has dedicated 40 years of his life to understanding everything about horses, quarter horses in the case in particular. Don’t single out someone with out knowing the facts or who. I personally hate the guy driving with the trailer, and I despise the fact that I’m related to him, he’s an uncle, but despite my relation to him and how I feel about that asshole, I have the most respect towards him only in regards to his experience and knowledge with horses. I promise that he knows and very welll understandss all the risk and hazzards of what the camera guy is pointing out.. rest assured with him behind the wheel this horses are as safe as can be. With one eye on the raod and the other on the horses at all times. Get the facts straight man..

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    • Rhonda

      Sorry. But that is an ignorant response since “watching” the horses can’t PREVENT a bee, rock, bird whatever flying in a horses eye. I am not trying to be mean by what I say, but I wish I could find the article that showed a horse trailer going up a logging trail and a logging truck coming down. Guess what? The truck hit the trailer with the horses heads out and broke there necks! They died a slow death. I will never forget reading that and it’s been about 15 or more years. Please tell your uncle or share in a nice way (doesn’t sound like you have a pleasant relationship) that anything can happen, and just because it hasn’t yet doesn’t mean it won’t!

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  8. Anonymous

    Another keeping the Windows shut on hot days just cause your trying to be SAFE or HAZZERDOUS LOL whatever you feel justifies your enquiry. Is tortcher to them in desgise and that is fucked up..

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    • Anonymous

      Trailers are vented,some on top,some up front.Some with rail sides.Damn.Torture you said?Dumbest thing I’ve read all day.I also vaccinate them and trim feet regularly…spose thats torture too.

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  9. Michael j

    nice to have concern for the horses but even stupider to drive and video.

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    • Ginger

      Rick Gore needs to mind his own business
      He first complains about horses not getting enough air in trailers like that then he complains when the windows are open so they can get air.
      I hate Rick he allways trys to but in to others busness
      and he drives and videos very very dangerous

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  10. Laura in fl

    What gets me are ‘horse people’ who are to arrogant to admit they are wrong. Just because you can do it, doesnt mean you should. Just because it hasnt happend doesnt mean it wont.

    Have any of you taken a ride in a horse trailer? Try it some time. Make sur to have hay bags and eveything you would usually do. Go for a ride on bumpy roads with lots of turns, and on an interstate with lots of speed.

    Oh, and close your windowswith either screens or bars. No argument you can give is a reason to be negligent or haughty about it. Eyes can be injured by flying debris kicked up by vehicles in front of you and easily injure an animal. Get over your self importance an skills and do what is right.

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  11. Chris Kosler

    when you posted a video about something that is dangerous, You were doing the same thing. My 13 year old watch your video. Think before you drive.

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  12. Anonymous

    How many of you have had to have a wondshield replaced or repaired by a rock thrown up by a car or a truck? Think about what that rock that broke your windshield would do to a horse eye, skull, face…How about a collision with a bird at 80 mph? Or how about that semi driver who is eating a cheeseburger in the next lane and drops it in his lap…just happens to swerve over into your lane while looking down to retrieve his meal and nails your horse? I drive a steel trailer in Texas. All my windows have screens AND bars on them. Better safe than sorry…

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  13. seen to much

    as someone who worka at a horse hospt i can say please listen to this guy…save your horse a lot of pain or death..

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  14. Cw

    Forget the horses the idiot driving down the road taking the video was endangering himself and everyone on the road…. including the horses.

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