Originally Posted by Sereno
So waresbear.... what does that mean and what should we be looking for?
It means the horse doesn't like taking the brunt of the load with his shoulders and front end, he wants to turn sideways to balance. What you should be looking for is a trailer where the horse doesn't scrape himself? It always amazes me, if we have some sort of tack that the horse doesn't like, as a saddle, a bit, we don't force them to accept it, or pad it up, we get the equipment the horse works best in. However with trailers, most peops say "Well this is the trailer I got, so the horse has to accept it." I never took that approach, I don't want a scraped up horse, I don't want a horse reluctant to load, I want the horse to be happy, comfortable and plenty of room, and ready to perform when we arrive at our destination, so I have a trailer that fits. After having a show horse that had convulsions in a straight haul after I sold my stock to "upgrade", I don't even consider them any longer, and I have two horses right now that have never, ever refused to load, didn't have to be trained to load, they just go in the trailer because as foals, they were always hauled in a stock or a slant. I would rather save the time for better training under saddle than trying to cheap out on a trailer. BUT, I sold that straight haul to a person I know, she still uses it for her horses and barring a few scraped legs unloading, her horses have always hauled fine in it. To each his own, I would just rather not fuss with trailer training, I haul too often and too far for it ever to be an issue for me.