Zen and the Art of Horse Trailer Maintenance
I just spent a couple days replacing the floor boards in our horse trailer. We’ve owned this trailer for about five years now and we bought it from someone who probably had it for ten years before us.
The floor boards are something that you want to keep up with especially after hearing stories of people that opened their trailers up after a haul to find one of their horses feet had gone through a rotten board. If there is a foot left at that point… well you can get the picture.
It would seem like a rather easy job to replace the boards, but it wasn’t. You would think that a manufacturer of an equine transportation system would have fore-thought enough to realize that horses will sometimes urinate in a trailer. This realization would conclude in a further realization that fasteners should be made of stainless steel because urine is corrosive.
A lot of the boards had to be cut out and then chiseled away from their rusty bolts. Fortunately I was able to grind and retap. Another odd thing was that the boards were each 7 ¼ inches wide, which means that each 2 X 8 plank with actual dimensions of 1 ½ by 7½ had to have a quarter inch ripped away on the table saw in order for the board to fit.
It was a job that had to be done. Now I can feel confident that no one is getting hurt by falling through the next time I hear a horse dancing in the trailer when we stop at a traffic light. It was a good feeling to reinstall the floor mats and put the tools away. Now I need to gather up plumbing tools. It seems there is a blocked vent in the addition.
One day I hope I can look around and find absolutely nothing that need fixing.