Originally Posted by Miss Katie
I like ramps. Id be afraid of the horse slipping under the trailer of a step up.
I posted before that we practice our young ones with both types, but be aware that ramps get can slippery when wet and nervous horses tend to want to step off the side of the ramp also causing dangers similar to what you see in step-ups.
I really have no preference and trailers are, in general, a pretty dangerous place for horses and people (IMHO).
My (last) advice....if you have horses that are nervous loaders or not experienced, don't worry about ramp v. Step-up, but get the largest, roomiest, stock type trailer you can afford. They are much less claustrophobic and offer the most options for loading and placing the horses with dividers and keeping everyone safe. I have never had a problem loading any horse in a large 6 horse stock trailer, and the most problems with the very crowded, common 2 horse closed in horse trailers that have a manger and tack area.