Older Trail Et trailers. Opinions?

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    01-01-2013, 06:04 PM
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Older Trail Et trailers. Opinions?

So awhile back I was going to buy a Trail Et but it was newer. Now I'm in the market again for another trailer. Preferably I wanted a 3 horse slant with a tack/dressing room but I can't seem to find any in my price range. I did find though a 1989 Trail Et 2 horse slant with tack area and dressing room. What are your opinions on the 'oldies'? Are the older slant loads very roomy? Both my guys aren't very good loaders so it can't be overly claustrophobic. I can attach pix if anyone wants to see them but I did read that the Trail Ets (even the oldies) are going for a good buck cause they're a one of a kind trailer. I do know the trailers a tad shy of 7 feet high and 7 feet wide. Opinions on them are appreciated! (Or on slant loads in general, first time owning one!)

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    01-02-2013, 07:02 AM
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    01-02-2013, 06:18 PM
I have no experience wth slant loads:

Personally I would close the stall and take measurements to determine if the horse will fit. And fit comfortably

Also is there a rear tack? I would think a rear tack might make a hard loader that much harder since they are going into a hole/through a smaller door. Where a straight load it's a wide open hole with a divider so appears roomier.

If you don't mind sharing: location/price range someone might have some more options for you.
    01-02-2013, 06:42 PM
Green Broke
It's in NJ and its $3200. I thought the same thing about the tack compartment making it that much harder for my "hard loaders". I want a 3h slant load but cannot find any. I didn't really want a 2h straight load again but would settle. Here are pix. The inside ones aren't that good and some pictures make the inside look narrow. The opening though seems to be pretty big.

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    01-02-2013, 06:42 PM
Green Broke
I've got a two horse slant load - the horses and I love it. I don't have a back tackroom so there is plenty of room to get the horses in and out. I do have a walk in tackroom in the front. It's also got some nice extra features like interior lighting, rubber bumper, etc. It's size is 7 ft high and I'm not remembering the width right now but it's not extremely wide. My biggest horse is 15 hands and fits very nicely in the trailer.

With the old trailers, I think you need to watch for structural integrity (good flooring, no rusting out spots, good trailer hitch and axles, etc), working brakes, working lighting system (good ground, no exposed spots, etc) and straight pulling. Also, if it's an "enclosed" trailer, you'll want a ventilation system and no drafts. You may find that trailer a bit heavier if it is all steel construction as well. After those areas are checked, it's just might be worth purchasing.
    01-02-2013, 06:49 PM
Green Broke
Just so your photos, OP. The trailer has possibilities. For it's age, I'm seeing relatively little rusting. How big are your horses? The padding in the trailer makes it look tighter. I think the width of my trailer stalls is 33-34" (give or take) so you'd probably want to see at least that in yours.

ETA - I'll just add that if your horses are claustrophic, perhaps you might want to also consider a small stock trailer (probably around 14 ft). They don't have alot of features on them but they're also lower in price.
    01-02-2013, 06:55 PM
Green Broke
I was looking for a stock trailer but of course there's nothing out there now that I'm in the market again. My hkrses are a 14h pony and a 15h stocky paint. The lady said her 15.3h app fit fine in it. Both of mine are kinda crappy loaders. My mare just needs constant refreshers on loading and the paint I just got is just...stubborn.
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    01-02-2013, 07:03 PM
I like the idea of the stock trailer to get the most space in your price range.

My trainer has a gooseneck slant trailer that they actually took all of the slants out of so it's pretty much a stock trailer with a dressing room and the horses never have problems being moved that way
    01-02-2013, 07:05 PM
Green Broke
I have very good loading response from my guys in the slant. Since it doesn't have a rear tack, I open both the big door and the little door and it's very "unclaustrophibic" looking for the incoming part. For the outcoming part, I don't back them out, I turn them around and lead them out - however with the NJ one, it looks like it's got a vertical bar welded in it (because of the tack part) so I don't think you'd be able to do that with it.
    01-02-2013, 07:14 PM
Green Broke
I did find another one. Although its an Adams.
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