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    07-11-2012, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
This is what our trailer looks like. It has 3 separate compartments, you can haul about 6 horses safely. 2 in each compartment. There is really nothing for anything to get hung up on.
Ah, okay. With a trailer like that I can understand why people haul tacked up. It's quite a bit different set up to what we have here.

Either way, I still personally wouldn't do it. Specially when I'm showing, it's kind of my calm down and check everything over time. (-:
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    07-11-2012, 12:26 AM
Depends on the length of the trip, trailer and horse/s.

I usually haul in a stock trailer. In a stock trailer I almost always haul saddled. Depending on the length of haul, how many horses and which ones they may get hauled loose or tied. Unless it is an all day trip then turned out in a pen or stall, then unsaddled.

I have been in a hurry and hauled short distances bridled. Not my good bridles, but in snaffle rigs. If the reins or mecate is tied up properly, no danger.
Have to keep in mind it also depends on what your horses are used to. Mine are used to an open stock trailer saddled. If they get crammed in they get head and tailed. Or tied just like a slant load, or loose with just a couple of pasture mates...whatever...just depends.
    07-11-2012, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by HarleyWood    
i have a straight load and I have never done that as when going places I like to bring them around the area to get them use to it, sometimes they will have sheets on but that's most. I have a nice sized tack room that can fit 4 saddles pus bridles, halters, water & feed buckets, lead ropes, longe lines, saddle pads, extra sheet, extra, its a 2 horse so I only really have enough for 2 horses, 2 saddles ect.
I don't saddle up in a straight or slant load, only a stock. Also stock trailers don't come with tack compartments. So it;s ither inside the truck (if there's room) in the bed of the truck (if theres rooom, or if you even have a bed, we have a flat bed so its a no go there) or on the horse (perfect!!!)

Also, when working cattle, especially when hauling to action, you're often on time constraints because you need to get multiple loads of cattle to the auction barn and need to get them there before it closes. You don't have time to tack up and untack with each load.
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    07-11-2012, 12:37 AM
Both ways. If it is a day trip I haul loosely tacked with halter on. I let my horse do the carrying from trailer and barn.

I haul in both a stock trailer and 3 horse slant.
    07-11-2012, 12:56 AM
I trailer in a 2 horse straight load with the divider removed tacked except for bridles assuming we're going somewhere and I've decided not to ride him bareback. My gelding likes to stick his head out the window and I get nervous he'd catch it on something, he also rides in a hackamore so the shanks are more likely to get caught out the window and the last thing I need is for him to panic in the trailer. I trailer him with a collar on so the halter doesn't move and spook him when his head goes out. Usually the other horse in the trailer is saddled up as well depending on who I'm going out with. I never travel too far with them either so it's always around or under 30 minutes.
    07-11-2012, 01:14 AM
Personally no....unless we are chasing cows and get up super early then we haul saddled in the Stock Trailer.

But any other time either in the Stock Trailer or in the Slant we never saddle.....I just don't like having them hauled in tack as it can rub the saddles, or if horses get to fighting I have a fear of a horse getting a foot through a stirrup somehow.

So I take the extra time to just saddle when I get were I am going.
    07-11-2012, 01:21 AM
Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
Ah, okay. With a trailer like that I can understand why people haul tacked up. It's quite a bit different set up to what we have here.

Either way, I still personally wouldn't do it. Specially when I'm showing, it's kind of my calm down and check everything over time. (-:
The trailer they showed is a stock style trailer, a different type of many in the US. I have seen several trailers with the exact same style as yours, no manger, swinging divider, etc here.

I have done it with trailering Casey with stirrups tied up, both western and english saddles. The english stirrups don't stay run up easily and western stirrups are so big I am worried they would get caught on things. I did this in my tiny little two horse straight, havent done it in my big ole slant stock style yet though. Old trailer (for sale now!! Its actually a 1960)

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    07-11-2012, 01:26 AM
It depends on what trailer. I would never tack up in a slant load that has dividers because the saddle has a large chance of getting caught...

As for my open trailer, the horses are saddled up and thrown in with their bridles hanging off the horns while tied to the sides with their halters.
There was an incident about back when my pole horse was a colt and he got his stirrup caught on the latch of the horse trailer and it flipped him over and got him stuck underneath the horse trailer... He's a bit terrified of backing out of trailers now but he's good now.
    07-11-2012, 01:44 AM
Depends on the travel time and trailer. If its a long haul, they only have halters and fly masks. In my 2 horse straight load, only a halter. In a stock trailer, saddled. Bridles hanging off the horn. Have never had a problem hauling any way.
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    07-11-2012, 07:53 AM
When I foxhunt I haul horses tacked up, but any other time I bring tack. I have a two horse straight load and I don't worry about stuff getting caught. I use all leather tack so it will break if need be.

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