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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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.