Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: On my horse's back! Obviously!
I've had experience with both straight loads with/ without ramps and slants without ramps. Honestly, it depends on the horse. My old arab HATED straights with a passion. It made sense, though, because out of his 16 years old life when I got him, he had only ever been in a slant. My TB likes straights, and since ours is very tall and wide, he's nice and comfy in it. I like how straights have a manger to put the hay in, so you don't have to worry about issues with hay bags.
Currently we own a Logan Coach (that needs a paint job, but is in fantastic condition lol) with a ramp. My horse tends to throw back shoes (I think it's because he has front bell boots, so he's like, I'll make things difficult and throw a back shoe!) and sometimes he slams out of the trailer if he gets nervous. With a step up/ out, he risks throwing a shoe (he did it once). When I unload my horse, My mom holds his leadrope through the side door, and we let him back out himself. I gently pull on his tail to let him know he can leave, then I put my hand on his butt, and I stand on the outside of the ramp (I'm off the ramp, to the side of the trailer) so he knows where the ramp ends. We've never had a problem.