Lucky es­capes af­ter trailer hinges break

Sev­eral read­ers have re­ported sim­i­lar prob­lems with their Ifor Wil­liams trail­ers which are less than 10 years old

Horse & Hound - - Newsinsider - By RACHAEL TURNER

OWN­ERS of Ifor Wil­liams trail­ers have raised con­cerns af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems with the hinges on their front ramps, which they be­lieve could have caused “se­ri­ous dam­age” to their horses.

Sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als have con­tacted H&H to re­port cases of bro­ken hinges, with some fail­ing while the trailer was in use.

Perthshire-based Ali­son

Cuthill took her daugh­ter to a jump­ing les­son on 3 Au­gust when she no­ticed flakes of rust around one of the hinges on the front ramp of her 2008 HB506 trailer.

“I prod­ded about and wiped away the flakes, then de­cided to un­load the horse,” she told H&H. “That’s when the ramp dropped at the right-hand side.

“I man­aged to get the ramp back up and se­cure to travel home, but re­versed the horse out when we got back to the yard.

“My hus­band took a look at the hinges, and both had snapped, so we were very lucky the ramp didn’t go com­pletely.

“The trailer had been reg­u­larly ser­viced. I think there should be a re­call, or at least free parts and re­pair from Ifor Wil­liams.”

Lough­bor­ough-based Andy Cotterill ex­pe­ri­enced sim­i­lar prob­lems when he ar­rived at a show on 21 Au­gust.

The hinges of his 2007 HB510 trailer broke when he took down the front ramp (pic­tured, above), forc­ing him to un­load the horses back­wards.

“The hinges sheared,” he said. “We had to have re­cov­ery for both trailer and horses. It could have

done some se­ri­ous dam­age if the horses were on the ramp.”

The front ramp hinges of Va­le­ria Schi­avetta-Horne’s 2011 HB511 Ifor Wil­liams trailer also gave way. The trailer had been ser­viced two weeks ear­lier.

“It could have been a hor­rific ac­ci­dent,” said Perthshire-based Ms Schi­avetta-Horne.

A trailer en­gi­neer re­placed the hinges on Jackie Henderson’s eight-year-old HB511 trailer on 18 July af­ter she heard there had been prob­lems from other own­ers.

“I don’t con­sider re­plac­ing hinges af­ter this time rea­son­able,” she told H&H. “There could be a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent with hinges fail­ing as a horse is on the ramp.”

Jill Calder found out her front ramp hinges needed re­plac­ing dur­ing a ser­vice on her HB511 trailer, which was less than seven years old at the time.

“When the me­chanic pulled back the black plas­tic cov­er­ing on the hinges, he said they were cor­roded to ex­cess and def­i­nitely needed re­plac­ing,” she told H&H.

CALLS FOR A RE­CALL

TRANS­PORTER Julie Mag­nus said she had heard of “quite a few”cases where Ifor Wil­liams ramp hinges had bro­ken.

“I would like to see a re­call on the hinges — it seems to be quite a com­mon prob­lem with the trail­ers that have been built in the past 10 years,” she said.

Bob Jewell of East Mid­lands Equine Ser­vices, who pro­vided re­place­ment hinges for Mr Cotterill’s trailer, said: “If the trailer is kept well, the hinges should not need to be re­placed.”

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Ifor Wil­liams trailer own­ers have been shocked by bro­ken front ramp hinges

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