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post #11 of 27 Old 07-31-2012, 10:53 PM
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Honestly I have never had a problem hauling one horse in our two horse straight. Even with the divider, I just put them on the left stall and didn't have an issue.

I do, however, take out the divider because it gives the horse more room.
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post #12 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 10:46 AM
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if you have the horse the opersit side of the camber of the road it balances its self out.
in england we have the horse on the off side on the right to balance out the left as if you had the horse on the left it creates problems with balance.
its the same with the smaller horse if you had 2 on board the larger one would be on the off side and the smaller one on the near side to ballance the weight.
and keep the speed down to 50.
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post #13 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 12:06 PM
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ive had a 2 horse straight load and have had no problems with hauling one horse. i am looking for a 3 horse slant as i have three horses but i haul one horse more then filling it up. i always load the horse on the left as i drive on the right side of the road and its highter up so thats where the horse goes! i have a CM one for larger horses and its a foot and a half taller then most so its roomy i have room to slip between the horses and wall to move around.
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post #14 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 12:29 PM
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Pish, just put the horse behind the driver, which is the high point of the road, and you shouldn't have any issues.

I've been driving a 2 horse straight load for many years and never had a problem with hauling just one horse.
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post #15 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 02:16 PM
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You can safely haul one horse in a two horse. Keep them on the drivers side, load up and go. :)
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post #16 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by BarrelWannabe View Post
It is true. With a 2 horse trailer with only one horse, you have an off-centered load and are more likely to have your trailer sway and maybe even lift off the ground on the lighter side.

I would look into getting a slant load or a stock trailer.
Sorry - if that were the case there would be accidents up the wazoo.

Any sway is caused by the truck/trailer hitching system.

Lift off the ground? No. Not unless you drive like a fool and take corners on two wheels.

I hauled in a two horse straight load for years. No problems.
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post #17 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 03:22 PM
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i have never had a tipping or swaying problem with one horse in a two horse straight load. and i have never had a horse not want to get it....

i think if your horse falls or wont get back in your trailer, you need to think about your driving and how fast you are going.

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post #18 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 04:35 PM
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I've always trailered just my 1 horse in her 2 horse trailer, always put her on the driver's side for the same reason someone already mentioned above, because of how the roads are higher in the center and decline towards the right side (for water runoff).

I have never noticed a difference, but then, I am also a careful trailer driver in general and always make sure I take my turns slowly. My trailer has never so much as swayed with just my 1 horse in it, so I don't see it as a problem. But my horse is also a quiet trailer rider...she just stands there munching her hay, she doesn't kick or jump around or paw or anything.

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post #19 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 04:41 PM
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I wouldn't worry. If you take out the middle partition most horses will stand tied to the left but move their quarters right, hence the idea for "slant load" trailers which mimic this stance. Your horse will be balanced as long as your straight load trailer is level and not uphill. Plus, my DH regrets that our 4-horse slant-load trailer isn't as versatile to move other things, like our 4-horse stock trailer was.
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post #20 of 27 Old 08-03-2012, 03:55 AM
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there no problems with the devider in at all.
some times thay will have a go at each other my 2 reared up in the box thay got on like an old marred couple and i was changeing barns i was following behind in my other box.
the weight distrbution was moveing as thay were argueing.
as my frend felt the trailer pulling back slightley.
i said did the steering wheel come to your stomach as the trailer with the weight pulled the van he said i knew some thing was up.
i wish i had a camra then like i have now as she use to pull faces at him and he would be happy eating his hay and she would squeel at him in a loud braying squeeling noise.
my old trailer is heavy as well and holds to the road well.
also best pratice before you set off check all your lights brakes and brakaway hitch as well and if you have any doors open close them or clip them in to position to stow them and stop them flapping.
give it a once over befor travle for peace of mind.
i chased a woman who had an iforwilliams trailer one of her top doors was not secured it was flaping about fowling the other lane.
i was flashing my lights and chased her for about 3 miles before she pulled over as her door could have smashed into on comeing traffic so i helped avoid dammage to her trailer.
for the sake of 2 minuits checking can save a lot of hartake.
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