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  • Do horses lean on the dividers when being hauled in a trailer

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    02-23-2013, 04:43 PM
  #11
Weanling
I think hauling with the dividers allows a horse to relax a little more than an open trailer for long hauls. The horses can lean against the dividers and don't have to worry about bracing against momentum. For a long haul, I feel like the horses come out less tired than with an open trailer, but personally I like open trailers. I often saddle a horse at home and haul to the trailhead with a loose cinch. Then it's just cinch-up and go. Can't do that with dividers. Too much chance of getting the saddle beat up or snagged on something.
     
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    03-10-2013, 06:41 AM
  #12
Foal
All depends on the horse :) I have a 2 horse straight load that I converted to a one horse slant to give him more room and to balance better. However, the trailer can go back to a 2-horse straight. I don't tie when he is in the slant
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    03-10-2013, 03:50 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
I've been hauling in a stock for a while, and usually don't tie.I find when left to themselves they will turn around and travel backwards, the find braking forces easier to deal with. Mind you hauling up here in the land of straight roads they don't have many bends to deal with.

I think that it is more important the quality of ride the driver gives them than the trailer set up to be honest.
Do you think it's possible they turn backwards because of wind, or is your trailer enclosed? I would think dealing with brake forces would be easier for them facing forward. Interesting.

Some people believe horses haul more comfortably in slant-loads, but I don't know of any real research on it. I think it's mostly a matter of style and design. With the widths of most trailers, I think slant loading wastes less space and gives you tack compartment in the back and a changing room or tack in front as well. Most straight loaders have stalls that are quite a bit wider than necessary, which is the wasted space I'm talking about. Slant load works best for a living quarters trailer, in my opinion, using that bit of extra space with the long wall.

My dad used to have a 6-horse straight load tongue-pull that was the length of a normal 4-horse. It held 3 horses abreast, two deep. The stalls were snug for your average Quarter Horse, but once in, they hauled well. It was just under the legal width for a trailer.

Most people I talk to say they can remove the dividers and fit an extra horse in, when necessary, without problem.
     

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