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post #11 of 14 Old 05-10-2013, 07:56 PM
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I'm looking at buying my very first trailer - which is terribly exciting and nerve-wracking. My gelding is fairly big and my budget is fairly small, which means I'm running into problems!
Ronan is 16.3 3/4 (ha! Yes, literally a quarter inch shy if a solid 17hh) and built fairly substantially. He wears a 80-82" blanket, so is long-ish.
What size of trailer is appropriate for a horse his size? I'm very interested in a 2 horse slant bumper pull with the following dimensions:
6'10" tall. 6'2" wide. Long wall 10'10". Short wall 6'
I believe that 7' is ideal for his height, but is 6'10" really that big of a difference?
The trailer is far enough away that I can't take it to try Ronan in it, unfortunately, but I've fallen in love already.
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Honestly almost any horse can fit in whatever you trailer you buy. I've seen some really nice GP money earners fit in some of the smallest slant loads.

Slant loads are better in that they are more balanced for you to drive, as the horse's weight is balanced over the axles. The downfall with them, is your horse will have way less room to move and stretch out. I've never liked slant loads, and would never get one.

Straight load trailers give you way more room, however they also unbalance your horse trailer. That can make a difference on the long term maintenance of your trailer, as well as HOW you will be driving that trailer. You always want to load your horse to the left if you're trailering one horse.

Also did you not say you are going to be selling Ronan?? not sure why you would be looking at a horse trailer to fit him, if your intentions are not to keep him-in which case size really does not matter.

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Thank you everyone for your input!!

Kelly - undecided at this point but trailer is going to be a long term investment. I can see owning other big horses so I want to buy big enough to last me 10 years.

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post #13 of 14 Old 05-11-2013, 10:50 AM
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6'10 is too small. My 16hh horse will not get into anything under 7'3.

I have a 7'6 oversized 2 horse angle haul. It's a Sundowner with all the extras (lights, sway bars, etc..). I like the angle haul because my tack trunk just wheels up the ramp into the saddle compartment in the back.
I definitely would not get anything smaller, for sure. Even sometimes it is a bit small for bigger horses. You will definitely need a full oversized/WB trailer for Ronan.

Eta there are warmblood height trailers, and true WB size trailers. I have about 4-6" on either side of a hwy lane in my trailer, and the length is the same as a 3 horse (sorry don't know measurements), andc although its an angle, my horses have lots of room.
The best 2 horse, big trailers, imo, are turnbows, if you can find one. Hawk, Sundowner and featherlite are all decent brands as well. I've hauled with a draft size Hart before that was excessively large hahaha but a decent trailer.
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That trailer is definitely a no go.

Looked a two today.. A new Royal T Imperial DX at 7'6" high and 6'10" wide, and a used '06 Cimmaron at 7'1" high and 7'6" wide.

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