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    08-03-2012, 01:24 PM
Since your mentioned lights, I wanted to add--NOT a hijack!--that I've bought some portable lights with magnets, that you can attach to a 12-volt battery, like a small truck battery, or even a riding mower's battery, to use in case you have a wiring problem and no lights at all. WE have had some wiring problems, had it in the shop still not really fixed, so I travel with these now. The battery can be recharges and these will give me constant lights in the back all night long.
They cost me $20.00 at Harbor Freight. You can get a mower battery at a farm supply store for about $25-$30. Small investment to keep someone from running into you at night.
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    08-03-2012, 06:57 PM
emergency lights

Thats a great idear to get you home and keep you and your horses safe.
    08-03-2012, 07:35 PM
I just hauled my QH to the vet an hour away and made a few stops on the way back never had any problems at all.
    08-04-2012, 11:43 AM
Green Broke
Before slant loads most every one had a 2 horse straight. I used one for many yrs. Hauling 1 horse and it pulled fine. You have to drive like you are pulling your precious cargo regardless of what kind of trailer.
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    08-04-2012, 12:00 PM
I've always just had an old 2 horse straight load. The one great thing is that if your horse will load in that then they'll load in anything! I take the divider out and have never had any problems with just one horse.
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    08-04-2012, 12:06 PM
Green Broke
I think Im going to buy a two horse trailer:) just because it will be my first trailer and I don't see a problem with them if I drive like 10mph;) lol
    08-07-2012, 12:18 AM
I have been hauling a trailer for years, first a stock trailer and then a 2 horse straight load.

As some have mentioned, I had heard that the horse must be hauled on the left side, because of the slope of the road. So I always hauled that way. Then one day I mentioned about always hauling on the left side to the trailer company, and the owner said that is not true. So I tried my horse, a 16 hand draft cross on the right instead of the left, and to my relief there was absolutely no difference hauling on the right or the left.

None. No difference. It hauled exactly ther same. The horse acted the same, except he was surprised for a second when I turned him towards the right. Unloaded fine, reloaded fine.

My trailer has a 7'6" stall to the chest bar, and another 3' for the horse's head, total 10 1/5 foot long stall, 7'4" tall, and a 5' long loading ramp. Never had a problem hauling any horse in it after they were loaded the first time. Plus I drive 65-75 mph on the highway. Maybe even 80 at times. Up and down big mountains. I couldn't do that in my stock trailer!

Also, most of the people I know haul 1 horse in a two horse trailer. Most of them would never load a horse in a slant load. But to be fair, the horses are large warmbloods, 16+ to 17+ hands. Never a problem, to load one or two.

Of course, the trailers are large, stable, well designed trailers like a Sundowner, usually a gooseneck, and the trucks are a minimum of F250 often a diesel.

Bottom line, use a truck and trailer designed well, and there will be no problems. Trying to sqeeze a large horse into a little trailer and pulling it all with an undersized truck - a disaster.
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