2 horse straight load or 1 horse slant?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Barns, Boarding, and Farms > Horse Trailers

2 horse straight load or 1 horse slant?

This is a discussion on 2 horse straight load or 1 horse slant? within the Horse Trailers forums, part of the Barns, Boarding, and Farms category
  • Thoughts on 1 horse trailer
  • How to secure a slant load divider to wall

Like Tree2Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-12-2012, 08:21 PM
  #1
Foal
2 horse straight load or 1 horse slant?

I have a bumper pull 2 horse straight right now. My gelding does not seem to travel as well as I would like him to in it. When I bought the trailer, the previous owner welded the center divider making it non-moveable. Thinking of having the center divider's welds broken to make it a moveable divider and make it a one horse slant, to give him more room. Has anyone done this before? Thoughts opinions? He willingly gets in now and getting a bigger trailer is not feesible right now.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    12-13-2012, 01:31 AM
  #2
Yearling
I'd get better at the two horse straight load... It's way better for resale to have a two horse trailer and something that isn't for lack of a better word, jimmy rigged together. I would just work on your horse everyday to make him comfortable getting into the trailer, I don't see any reason why a horse couldn't freely load into a straight load unless it physically didn't fit. I'm not an expert but, I've bought two trailers in the past 6months I'd be looking right over any home job stuff if I were to buy a trailer.
     
    12-13-2012, 02:02 AM
  #3
Foal
It wouldn't be "jimmied" the center dividere would just swing all the way to the side and would be held there and then swung back when needed for 2 horses. Its not that he isn't comfortable getting in. He loads just fine, but doesn't adjust his weight as well as he does in a slant
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    12-13-2012, 02:46 AM
  #4
Yearling
Oh okay that sounds better than what I was thinking, LOL. I thought you were permanently turning into a one horse slant.
     
    12-13-2012, 03:03 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Doesnt adjust his weight ? I think you are trying to create problems that don't exist. Put him in the trailer, shut the door. Drive to your destination.
     
    12-14-2012, 12:45 AM
  #6
Trained
Joe4d not necessarily... my gelding has travelling issues, much much better in a super-wide bay or with the divider tied across.

What my boy does, from watching him from behind, is he leans into the corner too much [anticipating a really tight turn I think], overbalances, and then has to scramble to keep his feet. He's getting better [haven't had a big scramble in over a year just little ones] but I prefer to travel him so that he's solid. Last time he scrambled [minor scramble!] he nicked his fetlock [on the way to a show!!]... rather not have that happen again. And if all of a sudden he starts scrambling badly again, he could do a lot more damage to himself than he did with a minor scramble in quite a safe trailer!

I haven't travelled my gelding on a slant load, and I actually think in his case it might make him worse. In a straight load trailer he chooses to stand straight even with the divider tied across so he can choose to stand on an angle if he likes. I think it would stress him out to put him in a slant load, and when he's stressed his scrambling is worse.
     
    12-14-2012, 12:56 AM
  #7
Foal
Joe4d for your horse that might work. For mine absolutely not. I don't want to travel uncomfortably so why would I ask my equine partner to do so? Also the emotional trauma that would cause is not worth it. My horse has the capabilities to travel in any type of trailer with no mishap and little to no resistance. But as an owner that cares for my animal I will make him comfortable.

Blue eyed pony that's how my gelding is. I make sure to take every turn with as little jarring that is possible. He has actually gone down in the trailer once, hasn't done it in almost a year though but did knick himself. But you noticed that giving him the option of how he wanted to stand made a difference with the divider being tied off?
Posted via Mobile Device
EvilHorseOfDoom likes this.
     
    12-14-2012, 04:27 AM
  #8
Green Broke
You're anthropomorphizing your horses.
If your horses are slamming around in the trailer, Id suspect the driver. Switching load types wont do much if you don't slow down and ease up on the brakes. Drive like you are on ice.
     
    12-14-2012, 05:24 AM
  #9
Started
Hmmmm...BUT a two-horse trailer with a single horse isn't very well balanced. I'd be inclined to make it one that could take a single horse in a slant as well as two horses with a divider. The lady who transports Brock (and does a wonderful job) has a removable divider so the weight isn't all on the one side when she's only transporting one horse.

Joe, I agree completely with the idea of not anthropomorphising a horse BUT surely it is just good practice to ensure that the horse is comfortable on the ride?
     
    12-14-2012, 07:14 AM
  #10
Foal
I had the same problem,I pinned the divider to the curb wall. First time trailering after do this he traveled in a slant position (have trailer camera installed) and was very secure in his footing. I have since removed the divider completly and had a new breast bar made up, I now use it as a large box stall. He seems to travel much better this way and the trailer can go back to a 2 horse in 5 min.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Differences: Slant -v- Straight load? MustAdvocate Horse Trailers 10 07-17-2012 04:26 PM
What's your preference...slant or straight load? Hoofprints in the Sand Horse Trailers 29 04-26-2012 08:24 PM
slant vs. straight 2 horse albion Horse Trailers 17 01-25-2012 02:57 PM
Refitting from Slant-Angle to Straight Load CHEEKYGAL Horse Trailers 1 09-12-2011 12:58 PM
Your opinions on trailers - slant, straight load, or 90' Miss Katie Horse Tack and Equipment 12 06-12-2008 01:14 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0