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post #1 of 22 Old 03-09-2008, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Trailer

Hello, I know that I should really post this somewhere else, but I was not to sure where and I really think you guys will give me great advice. Anyhow, I have been looking at trailers and was wondering what you all prefer, straight load/slant load? I can see benefits with both, but wasn't sure which one is better. I would love to hear about your experiences and advice. Thanks everyone!
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-09-2008, 09:35 PM
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I've heard that the slants are better because it is easier for the horse to adjusts to acceleration, deceleration and turns. I believe I read or heard that somewhere. Can't remember where though.
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post #3 of 22 Old 03-09-2008, 09:36 PM
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I also moved your topic to the horse tack and equipment section
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post #4 of 22 Old 03-09-2008, 09:49 PM
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I agree with Appy on the slant trailers. If you have to stop suddenly the horse is less likely to loose its footing since it is at an angle and with rather teeter than slide off balance. They are safer IMO and more comfortable for the horse.
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post #5 of 22 Old 03-09-2008, 11:26 PM
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I prefer slants. :) I agree with all the above posts!
They are easier for the horse.

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post #6 of 22 Old 03-10-2008, 07:07 AM
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I have little stock. Let my horse to move around.
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post #7 of 22 Old 03-10-2008, 07:40 AM
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We have a straight load. I've never had a slant so can't comment on them. I just like to see lots of padding no matter what type. I'm surprised how many trailer mfg. Don't put padding on the walls and dividers in the horse areas. I also think whichever type, it needs to be overlarge/tall for your horse so they have room to move around. I also prefer a bumper pull (I like a topper on my truck) and its hard to find a 2 horse slant load they seem to be all 3-4 horse. My last trailer was a step up, the new one is a ramp. I'm torn on that point I see the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Here's our trailer, it has a little sleeping area in the front. Just bunk beds, toilet, sink and shower. One of these days we'll get one of those big fancy ones
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post #8 of 22 Old 03-10-2008, 10:24 AM
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There's a tack store right across the street from where I work and they sell trailers there too. If I'm not mistaken, they are selling a 2 horse slant trailer.
But I agree with you Vida, most of the slant trailers, if not all are for multiple horses.
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post #9 of 22 Old 03-10-2008, 10:28 AM
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I have a steel old style SunDowner straight load. Its amazing, no matter how much your horse freaks it will not hurt the trailer.
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post #10 of 22 Old 03-10-2008, 08:57 PM
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The one I posted the pic of is a Sundowner. I love their trailers, they really build them with the horses safety in mind. When you look at trailers, take a really good look for anyplace that could be a danger to your horse. Check the welds and protruding bolts/nuts anything with sharp corners. I've seen some with fabulous living quarters that really skimp on the horse area. Buy used if you can find one you like, and always pull the mats to check the floor.
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