Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Trailer dilemmas: slant vs straight, stall length etc.
Aaaaaaaallllrightey. So I'm looking for my first trailer - yippee!! ...except that its turning out to be super stressful! I'm looking at used trailers as 1) I don't want to bang up a brand new trailer whilst learning and 2) they're obviously more affordable.
As you guys know, Ronan is quite large - 16.3 3/4 hh and quite long (81" blanket) so finding a "reasonably priced" trailer is proving to be challenging. And the trailer market in my area seems to be red-hot. I replied to an ad less than 30 mins after it was posted and the seller informed me that someone was coming to see it right away, and to call back in a few hours to check if it was sold - and it was.
Moreover, finding a trailer big enough for Ro has its challenges. My coach has a trailer that's 7' tall (plenty of height for him) and 6'6" wide slant load, and we can't close the divider. It seems like used trailers big enough for Ro under $10k are **** near impossible to find.
I've found two and because of the red-hot market, I have to act fast.
My questions for those who don't want to read a novel:
- straight load with mangers: yea or nay? And why?
- how long should the stall be in a straight load for a horse that wears a 81" blanket? (Keeping in mind that blanket measurements wrap around the chest and butt, so 81" isn't accurate)
- straight or slant load preferred?
- is hauling a single large horse in a straight load dangerous?
Trailer 1: 2007 Circle J slant load. 7' tall, 6'6" wide. Ronan fits, but divider won't do up, so hauling two horses either means Ro is in back or the divider is open, or they won't fit. It's also means he can swing his butt to and fro. He doesn't like to back off, so he somehow accordions himself together to turn around. This trailer is newer and pretty, and cheap for what it is. Decent sized tack area. Easily re-sellable.
Trailer 2: 1995 Featherlite 2 horse straight load. 7' tall, 5'something wide. Stalls 6'1" deep, then room in the manger for the horses' heads. Divider is removable or can be pushed aside. Double doors in back, step up load. There is a walk through door from the large tack area to the horses so you can check on them fully without opening doors to their area - I looooooove this feature. The butt bars are a unique design that are easy to do up even with a tough loader. The cons are that there are mangers, so that cuts down on space, and the drop down windows have no bars, so it's either drop down or nothing. I haven't trailered Ro in a straight load step up so it will be a learning curve.
Thoughts?? I'm completely stressing about this trailer buying business. Haha.
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