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post #1 of 4 Old 09-20-2012, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Sundowner Sportman? Charter?

I bought a 1996 Sportman straight load as my first trailer b/c it was really clean and priced well, and my horses will have nothing to do with it, naturally.

Now I'm looking to upgrade in the next few months, and I'm so confused as to what to get.

I like the new Sundowner Sportman slant load - but I'm afraid my 16.2 horse may not be comfy and it doesn't look like it comes taller than 7 feet. Is that tall enough?

I really like the Charter SE b/c it comes in a TB/warmblood size - but it's back to a straight load although a much more open and roomier one. Not to mention $$$$

Anyone have any experience with either of these trailers?

Can anyone suggest a brand they've been happy with?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-20-2012, 08:23 PM
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you need to train your horses,
Stop anthropomorphizing them and put em in the trailer.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-22-2012, 09:28 AM
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My adage is every horse should be able to load willingly into any trailer. If there were a catastrophe, fire, tornado, hurricane, flood and those horses needed to get out of their and the rescuers only have a two horse straight what is going to happen. They will load the horses that will load and the others will be left.

Teach your horse to get on the trailer you have :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-22-2012, 08:27 PM
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No, 7' is not tall enough for a 16.2 horse. I would definitely go with 7'6". I also have a horse who hates only the trailer I bought for him. He is absolutely terrified of it when it is configured as a 2 horse straight load. I have since trailered him in 7 other trailers with no issues whatsoever. Being somewhat in the same boat as you, I would suggest loading your horse into every trailer you can to get a sense of what he hates about yours. It makes no sense to spend money on a new one until you pinpoint whether it is truly a straight load/slant load thing or something else.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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