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    02-01-2013, 02:51 PM
Is this true? Is it safe?

First off...I don't have a trailer (yet). I will be looking to purchase one in the next year or two. Anyways, my friend has a two horse slant load bumper pull trailer with a dressing room. She only has one horse and only tows the one horse. She says she opened up the inside to turn the sections into a roomy box stall type instead of the "stalls" that were there and tows her horse that way now to give him more room to move around.

Can you really do this in a slant load and how safe is that? I mean, I would think it would be kind of dangerous having your horse moving all over the inside of the trailer while you're driving.
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    02-01-2013, 02:57 PM
A lot of people leave their horses loose in stock trailers, or take out the dividers in regular trailers to make one big box stall.

A horse in a loose box will find their most comfortable position and stand there. They're not going to be moving around all that much.

Honestly, it's not any more dangerous than any other type of hauling.
    02-01-2013, 03:11 PM
Speedracer, thank you for the answer! Phew! It sounded like a cool idea to me to allow ahorse some extra room and comfort, but then I started worrying, what if she starts moving all over? I'm thinking of getting a slant load trailer once I have a little more saved up and would love to be able to give my horse the most comfortable ride as possible!
    02-01-2013, 03:13 PM
One of my geldings rode all the way from north Arkansas loose in the back section of a stock trailer. (We had two other horses in the front .. but they were tied.)
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    02-01-2013, 03:13 PM
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I prefer hauling my horse in a loose box. And actually anytime you hire a long distance hauler, unless otherwise requested your horse will be in a box. Horses will actually lay down and sleep on long hauls in a loose box.

Some horsse prefer standing sideways, some prefer standing on a slant and others will like to stand backwards. Every horse is different.

So nope, no worries about being in a loose box
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    02-01-2013, 03:15 PM
That's how I trailered my gelding to his new barn. He wasn't stressed and was happy as a clam (it was his first time in a trailer since he was a weanling and he's coming four in May).
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    02-01-2013, 06:06 PM
I personally don't like to let a horse roam freely about the trailer...They only time I do it is if I am hauling a horse who hasn't been hauled before (when we brought our newest horse, jazz home she had free reign of the trailer)... Not that I think its dangerous or anything, and I have hauled plenty of cows and other livestock, but when they do get the mind to move, you can feel it..I don't like that LOL.
    02-01-2013, 06:11 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
A horse in a loose box will find their most comfortable position and stand there. They're not going to be moving around all that much.
Can you give that memo to Henny? Lately I've been hauling him tied with a straightload divider. However any time I hauled him before his accident, I'd take out the divider and let him loose. On the way home from the vet's after his accident, he was pacing circles while we were going 70 miles an hour. That might have been his brain injury getting irritated when he was getting all hyped up, though. When he's "free to move about the cabin" he takes full advantage of it LOL. But with the divider in, he stands there calmly like a big boy.
    02-01-2013, 06:14 PM
Silly Henny! He's supposed to stand still!
    02-01-2013, 06:19 PM
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Very silly Henny! He's so clumsy on solid ground but can pace circles in a moving trailer. I just don't get him sometimes.

But I find no problem hauling a horse free without the divider. I will say though that your horse should be used to being tied with a divider in just in case they need to be hauled like that in the future. That's why I started hauling Henny with the divider in, so he could get used to it.
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