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        04-20-2009, 12:12 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I have heard that slant is a better position for the horse. Probably based on the same study mentioned already.

    My personal reason for getting a 3H slant is that Slant is the only 3H trailer I could find that was bumper pull. If I was looking for a 2H, I probably would have bought a straight load with dressing room. For 3H, slant was the only viable option.

    I have a 16hh _very_ beefy QH (looks like a draft mix) that weighs in at >1300#. My other horse is 16.1hh, >1200# and very "long" necked. Both fit easily in the trailer. In fact, the slant gives them more "front to back" room than most straight loads I have seen.

    Yes, the third compartment seems tight, especially with the fold out tack area. When I need to put a larger horse back there, I just take out the tack divider and the area is bigger than the other two.
         
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        04-21-2009, 05:03 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I think I looked at those at a fair and I was like what the heck, theres no way a horse would want to be in there. And if its a horse that hates being loaded your screwed!
         
        04-21-2009, 05:48 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Personally think they are good for quite horses.

    From my experiance loading many horses from the race track and stallions. I perfer the straight away. Htere is nothing worse trying to get a horse on the trailer that does not want o go on then trying to get him to move side ways. That is why most get there own box stall. If they are on a long haul and are a gelding or a mare then most of the time the are not tide and can find there own comfortable spot.

    As for stallions it is more of a saftey issue. I knew one lady who thought she could put her stallion in the front two geldings in the middle and mare on the end. Lets just say that ended real bad ( no deaths just alot of gashes). All the horse had to be removed just to get to the one in the first stall.

    As for broodmares it can give them more space if they have a youngster by there side.

    There fore that is why I like the straight loads and most transporter. At least if something gos wrong you can get to that horse. If you are on the road alone at least it is easier then taking them all off.

    But that is just my opinon to each his own
         
        04-22-2009, 08:36 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Mixed feelings. I have a 2 horse slant load Sundowner with a rear tack and a front tack. The rear tack I always leave empty or I might have a bag of shavings in there. One because all the urine from the horse area runs down through that area so not an ideal place for equipment. I can also move that whole wall and make the entrance big so that's good...but again if I do that I can't store anything there. The horse section on the end is great and does fit a big 16.2 hh horse with ease. But the front section does not. It can only fit a 15 hh comfortably...which leaves me in a quandry because I have 2 horses...both over 16hh. Which means if I want them to be comfortable I can only haul one at a time. In an emergency I could squnch one but hopefully I wouldn't have to go far. We're in the process of finding a Brenderup straight load.
         
        04-22-2009, 09:35 AM
      #15
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hotreddun    
    One because all the urine from the horse area runs down through that area so not an ideal place for equipment.
    Shavings will solve that issue.
         
        04-22-2009, 12:27 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    Shavings will solve that issue.
    It still seaps through every now and then. And you still have to spray down the mats after a long haul...I don't want to move all my stuff every time I do a cleaning. I don't know I just never used that section.
         
        04-23-2009, 08:30 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Slant Trailers

    I recently bought a used 3H Slant 4Star (1996)trailer. And I just LOVE it!! When you have the slants folded back against the walls the trailer is wide open and all of my horses load with little coaxing. We have 2 TB, 2 QH. The TB are 15.3 and 16.3hh and they have plenty of room. Our 16.3hh TB would not load in our straight load 2H bumper pull, but with just a little time he will load in the slant because it is not as scary looking to him. I just love the gooseneck. Even though the BP is in great shape I was always a reck when we got to the show grounds, but not now ;). Of course I had to buy a bigger truck :(.
         
        05-01-2009, 10:41 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    I have a straight load . . . Eggo hates it! I actually took out the divider just like the test and that's now how I haul, they do this also to ship mares with foals and sometimes stallions. In watching him in the rearview mirror I also realized that his natural position was sideways with his head always facing the middle of the road. When you think about the body structure of a horse it makes sense. Horses don't naturaly stand sideways on a slanted surface, roads are slanted to allow water and debris to runoff, it is much easier on them to have their front haves facing up the slanted surface, which is how slant loads are. The easier it is on the horse the more stability that horse has and the easier it is on the horse to handle turns. Also horses handle weight being forced from the back or the front of them better than they do from side to side, when you turn a corner it puts the most gravitational force on the horse's rear or forelimbs, so the turns are easier on them, instead of straight loads that put all of that force on a rear and a forelimb at the same time.
         
        05-04-2009, 03:05 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I have a Trail-et three horse slant load with a living area and side tack. Our trailer is extra tall and extra wide so our Arabs have more then enough room. I do however not like ANY trailer with there rear tack. My horse can turn and walk out, I don't like backing horses out of trailers as one of my aunts horses tore all of its tendens in its back leg while backing out of a trailer. That is why I always you the most sturdy shipping boots I can find.
         
        05-13-2009, 08:42 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    MLS and CheyAut what trailer do yall have? We are going to be in the market for a 3 or 4 horse. I have a huge 16.2h QH a fat 15hish mare our pony and her baby.I need the stalls to be very comfortable for them.
         

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