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post #1 of 7 Old 02-17-2017, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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which way horses face in trailer??

Hi, couldn't see anywhere more relevant than horse tack to put this...

I'm doing up a stock crate - large open trailer. Have travelled the horses both loose & tied before, but the big ones tend to lean on the smaller! He ends up pushed against the side! So I'm going to put dividers in, as a slant load. Horse trucks I've seen in the past have had the horses facing left, away from road & driver(I'm in Aus). Just thought I'd ask here before looking elsewhere about how it matters??
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-17-2017, 09:52 AM
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I've never seen a slant load that the horse's head wasn't to the left which here put's them facing the road. The main reason I can see for doing so is most normally people lead from the left so if you lead them in on a slant load it keeps the person between the horse and rear door where if you loaded them the other way you'd be between the wall or divider and the horse.

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In the U.S., any slant trailer I've seen (whether it is normal slant or reverse slant) always has the horse's head on the driver's side of the trailer (left side). Likewise, the door to the trailer is either in the back of the trailer, or on the passenger side of the trailer (right side). In that regard, if you would need to unload your horse for some reason while pulled over on the side of the road, you want to be able to do that with your horse either behind the trailer or off on the passenger side.

Of course, if you live in a part of the world where you drive on the wrong side of the road (haha), then you may want the horse's head on the passenger side if you are going to have a side load. If the door is going to be in the back, then it may not matter as much.
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Our US trailer is a slant load and the horses face to the left towards the traffic but we had several slant load horse boxes in the UK (where we drive on the opposite side of the road) and the horses also faced to the left so I think its mostly to do with the side we mostly lead from and being able to tie the horse and walk away without having to squeeze around it
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I just want to know how they keep those horses in Australia from falling out of the trailer and off of the world, since they are all upside down, down in "Down Under".
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I just want to know how they keep those horses in Australia from falling out of the trailer and off of the world, since they are all upside down, down in "Down Under".

I just pictured that in my mind and yes, ....

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Thanks guys, I wondered about weight balance & cambour(sp?) of the road, but it sounds like that's not relevant. Thanks Tiny, for your incredibly helpful advice! Everyone including animals wear velcro shoes of course!
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