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    03-11-2008, 03:04 PM
I prefer straight load because I find it gives big horses WAY more room standing than the slant load trailers. I find it is easier to load (as long as you have an open front) and find it safer to unloaded. Ones with a ramp are ideal.

The pain different is that with a slant load you can fit more horses (hence they are in a slant) but they have less room. I find it also difficult to turn them around inside before unloading.

The only good thing I personaly like about slan loads is that the horses are balanced right in the middle of the trailer as opposed to just one side if you are trailering one horse in a straightload.
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    03-11-2008, 04:19 PM
Safety message of the day: I read that when you have 1 horse in a 2 horse side by side that you should always put the horse on the drivers side or road side rather than the ditch side. That way if the trailer goes off the edge it won't have all the weight on that side possibly flipping the trailer.
    03-11-2008, 04:41 PM
The only problem I have with the slat load trailers is the entry door for the horse. They're always so thin, it worries me.
    03-11-2008, 05:38 PM
Originally Posted by tim
The only problem I have with the slat load trailers is the entry door for the horse. They're always so thin, it worries me.
Me too Tim I would hate to have to train a horse to go in one. I'm already worried about our ramp when I start training the babys to go in
    03-11-2008, 06:25 PM
Yes you are supposed to put the horse on the driver's side. By having the horse on the driver's side it makes it easier to hear and see what is going on if you are by yourself trailering the horse in question.
    03-11-2008, 07:02 PM
The stable I used to train for had some great big (tall and wide) quarter horses that just didn't fit well in a slant load, so they had to sell their slant and go back to a straight load.
    03-11-2008, 07:41 PM
Heres the inside of mine. We bought it used and I think the guy who had it hauled draft horses. Its overtall and wide, our girls think their at the Ritz compared to our old trailer

    03-12-2008, 12:14 PM
The trailer I have is a straight load but has no tack room at the front so its wide open. It was also as tall and wide as they come so it was huge for anything less than 16'2-3 hh.

If you are looking at a trailer I would strongly encourage getting a straight load, especially if you arent sure of what kind of horse you will have in the future. By getting a second good sized straight load you will have that peace of mind of knowing you wont have trailer issues.

An old friend of mine bought a straight load but its minuscule. She owns 2 warmbloods (that are tiny by the way) and now just traded one of her horses for a 17'2 hh mutt and she is now trapped with a trailer (she just got) that she can't use.
    03-12-2008, 05:56 PM
Sorry I keep adding to this thread but I just remembered why we sold out old trailer. It was closed in the front with just some vents and had a half door in the back, open at the top. I was following my husband behind the trailer on a dirt road. The dust was literally being sucked into the back of the trailer where the horses where. I knew the were always dusty when we got where we were going but didn't realize how bad it was til I saw it from the rear. They had to be having trouble breathing back there. I sold the trailer a few months later. If you don't have dirt roads don't worry about it but if you do, stay away from the closed fronts with the half doors in the back. Or buy your horse a large nose mask
    03-13-2008, 01:43 AM

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