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Making a Horse Trailer Ramp Less Slippery

Attempting to get your horse in and out of the trailer is tricky enough without other hazards thrown into the mix. One of the easiest ways to get hurt is by dealing with a slippery horse trailer. Here are some tips you can follow for making a horse trailer ramp less slippery.

Why You Need Coverage on Your Ramp

According to The Horse, your horse trailer ramp needs to have a non-skid surface on the inside. This is to prevent animals from slipping when they enter or exit the trailer. It is also important that you don’t fall while bringing the horse in and out. On top of that non-skid surface, they recommend using a rubber bumper on the end of the trailer. This should touch the ground and helps reduce the trauma to the ramp.

Options for Making a Horse Trailer Ramp Less Slippery

You have several options for making a horse trailer ramp less slippery. The lower cost option is to use floor mats. Preferably, you want these to be rubber mats so they don’t slide around on the trailer ramp. There are several downsides to using rubber mats to make a horse trailer less slippery:
  • They can bunch
  • You need to clean them regularly
  • It is easy for you and the horse to trip over them
Other than saving some money, the floor mats don’t seem like the best option. For not that much more of a financial investment, you can create a non-slip coating for your horse trailer ramp easily.

Durabak Makes a Horse Trailer Ramp Less Slippery

Using a high-quality polyurethane liner gives you the protection you need to avoid slipping on the horse trailer ramp. Obviously, we are partial to the Durabak formula because we know how well it works. Durabak is ideal for indoor and outdoor surfaces to provide protection from the elements and protection from slipping. Not just that, but it offers protection from surface damage as well. I don’t think a rubber mat will do that! You won’t have to worry about rocks, branches or even scrapes and dings when you apply Durabak to your horse ramp trailer. Not only does it provide superior slip and fall protection, but there are other qualities that make this worth checking out:
  • Waterproof
  • UV resistant
  • Durable
  • Vibration Dampening
  • Flexible – doesn’t chip or peel
  • Anti-Corrosive
  • Rust-proof
The grit in Durabak comes from recycled tires, so you can feel good about helping the environment! When you are ready to get started, you’ll find that there is an excellent color selection available to you as well. Just as easy as it to lay rubber mats on your trailer ramp, you’ll find that applying Durabak isn’t much more complex. You can opt to brush it on, roll it or spray it. It truly is the do-it-yourself product. If you have some left over, you might want to check out the other ways to use Durabak. Here are some reasons that Durabak is superior to a rubber floor mat:
  • Once applied, it is maintenance-free
  • You don’t have to worry about tripping over it
  • It won’t bunch up
  • Cleanup is easy
  • Nothing can get trapped under Durabak like it can with a mat
  • Durabak doesn’t hinder the trailer door closing
  • It can be applied to wood, metal, concrete and coated surfaces


Making a horse trailer less slippery is an important part of maintaining the safety of you and your horse. Investing in Durabak is the best solution available at a reasonable cost. If you need help deciding how much to purchase or what is the proper application for your needs, be sure to contact us and our friendly staff will be happy to help you.

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