What's your preference...slant or straight load?

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    07-05-2010, 03:42 PM
Green Broke
What's your preference...slant or straight load?

Also ramp or step up? What are the pro's and con's of each?
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    07-05-2010, 03:48 PM
I have a straight load... only because that is what fit my budget at the time. I would prefer a slant... only because I have a horse who has vision problems and will not back out.
And I like step ups better. I have seen a lot more injuries on a ramp load.
    07-05-2010, 03:51 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for your input! What sorts of injuries have you seen from ramps?
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    07-05-2010, 03:59 PM
The biggest one I see happen alot... is if the horses doesnt come out straight... step of the ramp on the side, panic and slip underneath.
On the older ramp loads they have springs to help with the weight of the ramp... I have seen horses get tangled in the springs. Those are the two biggest I have seen...
    07-05-2010, 04:19 PM
Green Broke
Oh geez :(
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    07-05-2010, 04:45 PM
Green Broke
Anyone else? What's your preference and why?
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    07-05-2010, 06:22 PM
We have a straight load step up stock trailer, but we've loaded our horses in straight and slant load ramped trailers, too. I really don't think the horses care, and trailers are a fairly dangerous place in general. My only trailer preference is that I do prefer stock trailers. At least our mares are much more comfortable with the openness.
    07-05-2010, 07:17 PM
I would love a step up slant trailer or a stock. I actually have a 2 horse straight load step up instead though. Although the slant or stock would be easier I do appreciate that since my horses are trained to easily load into an older straight load I can trust them to load into anything and never have to worry about whether I can get them into a friends trailer or not! When I train horses to trailer I still prefer my straight load in my experience that's the hardest to get a horse into and if you can manage that in a calm manner in and out they will load in and out of anything you ask.
    07-05-2010, 07:18 PM
We have had a few two horse straight loads and currently have a 3 horse angle.

We have a camera so we can see how they travel in both.

They travel far better in the angle. Much less movement, and horses with issues generally improve in the angle.

It is harder to load but it just means you need to train your horse a bit more - They have more opportunity to try and duck out in an angle than a straight load.

I like unloading in an angle as some horses who don't back well can turn around and walk out. Wildey always backs out, but Bundy much prefers to turn around and walk out.

We have always had a ramp, and I don't think I would like a step up. We have never had an issue in 10 years of lots of travel - the only issue we have had was a week or so ago and that was when Latte caught her foot on the hook thingy that latches the ramp up. Very much a freak accident, and not very serious.
    07-05-2010, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
I love my straight load with a ramp. It's a two horse Trail-Et and we've had no problems with slippage on the ramp or horses not coming out straight so far. I think it all depends on the individual trailer, really.

I wouldn't trade my straight load for the world. I think it is more inviting for a horse that doesn't load well and it's easier to get them to back out.

Just my opinion

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