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    01-01-2012, 03:07 PM
  #1
Foal
slant vs. straight 2 horse

I am currently doing research on horse trailers, trying to determine which would be the best to suit my needs. My horses are BIG. One is a Belgian cross who is 17.3 HH - a 86" blanket is tight on him, to give a better perception of size... The other horse is smaller.

I do know that I want aluminum, a Goose Neck. I am not sure if I would get a stock trailer or not, but have not entirely dismissed the idea. I am buying "used". I have always leaned towards the straight load trailer.

Does anyone know the pros and cons of a slant load vs a straight?

Any advice, experiences would be helpful and appreciated.
Thanks!
Janet
     
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    01-01-2012, 03:20 PM
  #2
Yearling
Having used both, and having done some research, I think you'll find people who are absolutely sure that one is better than the other. I like some things about each. Here are some ideas to think about:
- Drafts are both taller, wider, and longer than saddle horses. Do slants even come in draft widths? I know that straight loads do come in tall and wide sizes for the bigger horses.
- Slants in stock trailer/combo trailer often don't have an emergency exit for the horse for the fore compartment. In other words, if you had to get to the horse loaded first, you have to unload the last horse(s).
- and they often don't have an emergency exit for the person loading the first horse.
- my slant stock/combo trailer has open panels (some have plexiglass panels that slide on and off to use during wet or cold weather). I can live with that, but I found that I can't get my hand in through the slats easily if needed to straighten a halter, release a trailer tie snap, or whatever. I loved how I could check on the horse through the window when they were in the straight load.
- straight loads usually have a solid manger in front, with chest bumpers. This means the horse can't put its head down while traveling, which is important for horses. If you haul long distances, this would be an important consideration.
- straight loads with windows at the side are easier to feed/replace hay/water from, compared to slants without windows and mangers.
- some people say horses - if left to choose - would rather travel on the slant. Other people say some horses like to travel straight. I don't know the 'right answer.' I can guess, though, that a horse traveling on the slant will ALWAYS have to brace with the same foot first, where a horse traveling in a straight would be able to use first left front, then right front, to brace.
-Some horses load better in slants, at least for the first horse to load. The last horse has to be very good at loading in order to get tucked all the way inside the trailer so the door can be shut (they can get their front in far enough to tie, but the back end is still hanging out of the trailer unless they walk on in and get in the right position.)
- Slants can be used easily for mare and foal by leaving the divider fastened open to the wall. Many straight loads have fixed center panels and aren't as flexible in hauling different livestock as slants. (We use our slant stock combo for horses, sheep and steers. Love it for that.)

I hope this helps!
     
    01-01-2012, 04:07 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Slants are typically better, since horses prefer to stand either sideways or backwards in a trailer, this being because they carry most of their weight on their front end, and it is easier for them to brace against the forward motion when they are positioned sideways or backwards.
     
    01-01-2012, 04:46 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Some slants have fixed dividers and some are adjustable, mine has 3 different widths they can be set at. Biggest problem I see for a slant is your drafts overall length. But, that can be fixed by taking out the dividers all together. At that point you might as well have bought a stock trailer.
     
    01-01-2012, 07:50 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks, you have raised some very good points. Particularily....will he even fit in a slant, would it be wide enough....
     
    01-01-2012, 08:15 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Dont forget to look at tack area. My straight load bumper had under manger saddle rack, I absolutely loathed it. Bending over and getting or storing saddle was terrible angle for me. My current slantload has saddle rack 6 foot off ground. I love it. Can stand up straight and use upper body strength in an efficient manner to load and unload saddles. As far has the horse area, I don't see how it matters. There are extra high and wide in both types.
     
    01-02-2012, 10:23 PM
  #7
Trained
I made the hay manger mistake too. In a straight load situation, the horse cannot put his front feet out in front of him to brace himself since there is a solid object there. If you go straight load, just get one with chest bars so the horses can stretch out their legs.
     
    01-02-2012, 10:35 PM
  #8
Trained
As the above mentioned, make sure you have a good saddle storage area for yourself.
     
    01-02-2012, 10:55 PM
  #9
Yearling
I like that my trailer has no mangers. I wouldn't of gotten one with them. It's got plenty of room for my LONG TB to stick his head over and he can move his feet without banging on anything.

This trailer has a full size door on each side and so far no horse has refused to walk in. The tack situation is a whole other ball game right now lol.

Good luck! Can you try some trailers before you buy to see what your horses are comfortable in? My TB wears a 82-84" blanket and is stout but certainly NOT as stout as your horse. I noticed in many slant loads he was squished in like a sardine.
     
    01-02-2012, 10:58 PM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by CecilliaB    
I like that my trailer has no mangers. I wouldn't of gotten one with them. It's got plenty of room for my LONG TB to stick his head over and he can move his feet without banging on anything.

This trailer has a full size door on each side and so far no horse has refused to walk in. The tack situation is a whole other ball game right now lol.

Good luck! Can you try some trailers before you buy to see what your horses are comfortable in? My TB wears a 82-84" blanket and is stout but certainly NOT as stout as your horse. I noticed in many slant loads he was squished in like a sardine.
Yes, most 2 horse slants are for one large horse only and 3 horse slants are for 2 large horses, remove the 1st divider. Rule of thumb in my area anyways. Only peops who use a 2 horse slant for 2 horses are ones who have little arabs or ponies.
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