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View Poll Results: Which do you believe in?
Face forward 10 22.22%
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post #11 of 23 Old 08-11-2009, 04:38 PM
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We only have a livestock trailer we use so they load straight but end up standing at a slant. I guess they prefer to stand that way :)

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post #12 of 23 Old 10-09-2009, 02:59 AM
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most horses like slant, they have a smoother ride and comfort
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post #13 of 23 Old 10-09-2009, 05:35 AM
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We only have a straight load, my horse however was fine in it untill about 3 years ago. Now he literally cannot travel in it, unless of course we go about 20km/h but for obvious reasons we cant..He has terrible balance issues, and stresses pretty bad. Is fine in a truck though, we havnt tried an angle float but i presume he would be fine in that too.
I think they prefer angle loads because its easier to balance
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post #14 of 23 Old 10-09-2009, 10:14 AM
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slant load!
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post #15 of 23 Old 10-21-2009, 04:57 PM
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well we have a little two horse strait load but the only way to fit two horses comfortably is lead them in then tap their butts over so they are standing slanted... But when my boy trailers he always stands forward or at a slant...

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post #16 of 23 Old 10-21-2009, 08:44 PM
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If I take the divider out, my girl will turn around and look out the back standing straight every time.
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post #17 of 23 Old 10-22-2009, 03:55 PM
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I had read a lot of articles about how uncomfortable it is for horses to stand at a slant in a trailer, so I originally was going to get a straight load. Then I was given a slant load so could not be picky.

I found that if I am just trailering one horse and I fold the divider back so that they can have the whole trailer they still ride at a slant, so I guess all those articles were wrong.
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post #18 of 23 Old 10-22-2009, 04:03 PM
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we had a stock trailer that we would put the horses in [loose] & they would ALWAYS stand at a slant facing the back. every horse would always do it. but now we have a 2horse straight load & they do fine

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post #19 of 23 Old 10-22-2009, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama View Post
If I take the divider out, my girl will turn around and look out the back standing straight every time.
I've heard that said many times. If left to themselves, horse prefer to travel facing the rear. Guess we all need stock trailers

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post #20 of 23 Old 10-23-2009, 03:01 PM
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We've got a 4 horse head to head Sundowner, so 2 face forward, 2 face backwards. We looked at lots of brands and lots of configurations. I did quite a bit of research before we ended up making our decision and we've been extremely happy with our purchase. Here's what I've found:

1. A slant load trailer is typically built for horses 15.3 and shorter. In order to give the horse ample room to move their head to clear their lungs and breathe properly, they need the extra space of a straight load. (Our 2 year old is 16.1... he should mature to 17.1ish we think. Our 7 year old is 16.3. We also move other peoples' horses as well, both for shows as well as transport around town or within the SouthEast.)

2. It doesn't matter that a horse wants to stand at a slant when they're in the trailer. It's physically healthier for them to not have to use diagonally opposite legs to try and balance on. Think about it... when a horse jumps, they take off and land on pairs of legs. They're used to using their legs either both fronts or both rears for most balance situations. The same goes for trailering. I've seen horses that like to stand in the mud as well... is it good for their feet? No. Do we let them continue to stand there? No.

Just about every horse has gotten on our trailer with very little to no hesitation. We've got a rear ramp and side ramp, though we typically load and unload everyone through the side ramp.

Anyhow, just my two cents... your results may vary.

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