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post #11 of 30 Old 07-05-2010, 11:30 PM
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I like ramp trailers, only because my horse is perfect to load, and backing out, so a ramp is just nice.

But i like step-up trailers because the horse is either in or out, theres no 'go halfway in then back out as fast as i can and bash my face on the top of the trailer" for the horse. but step-ups can be so high, and ive seen a lot of small horses bash their knees on it (ouch)

but i like them both, and make sure my horse can go in them both. I have seen a lot more wrecks with ramps though, most horses that go in step-ups get the idea to go IN the trailer without fuss.

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post #12 of 30 Old 07-05-2010, 11:35 PM
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But i like step-up trailers because the horse is either in or out, theres no 'go halfway in then back out as fast as i can and bash my face on the top of the trailer" for the horse. but step-ups can be so high, and ive seen a lot of small horses bash their knees on it (ouch)
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depends on the horse !! i know a horse that can run out of my step up faster than you would think...it sucks bc as they are running backwards you have to jump off the back with them...

i have a straight load step up. i like it bc it is very inviting for the horses & i think ramps are a hassle.

as a side note...my friend has a stock trailer & leaves the horses loose & they prefer to stand facing backwards in it.

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post #13 of 30 Old 07-05-2010, 11:46 PM
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Personally, I LOVE Angle, with ramps.

I find that horses travel better in angles, just as Wild_Spot said. My friend has a beautiful 2 horse angle with a ramp and I find that most horses who are lead to it, load smoothly.

I've been dealing with a friends TB gelding who has loading issues. It took me a long time to get him to load "smoothly" into a 2 horse strait loader due to how "cramped" it appeared to be. Whenever I approached him to the trailer, he would stop before I could even get myself into it - so I had do resort to Clinton Anderson's approach, which worked, but I had to do it every single time.

Then she bought a 2 horse angle load with a ramp, and he goes in smoothly and comfortably.

I like that I can move the partition to make it a 1 horse stock, so that when I get him in, I can get him secured, and then I can close the partion to make it a 2 horse angle again. Then I can load Nelson up lickity split and be on our way.

I have no issues loading horses into the angle at all, but I suppose that depends on what type of angle you have.

When I buy my own trailer, it will definately be a 2 horse angle.

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I used to wonder the same thing, straight versus slant, but lately as I've met more people who go to shows alone, I'm really starting to like stock trailers. the horse is free to choose how he stands during the trip. Also with the hour or so between dressage, stadium and XC, I'm finding it very appealing to be able to put the horse into their makeshift stall that the stock trailer affords. The horse has the whole space to take a rest and doesn't have to go from working it's butt off to standing still in a cramped space for the hour or so.


If I had to go straight or slant, I'd probably take slant, but only because I know from riding on the subway that standing perpendicular to the movement is much easier for balancing then standing parallel to it.

As for loading and unloading, I like ramp but only because my horse doesn't like the i
idea of backing out of step trailers. He gets a little nervous about that last step out.

If you do look at slants, make sure that Sandie will fit the slant dimensions. It varies a little from trailer to trailer with the different dividers.

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post #15 of 30 Old 07-06-2010, 12:11 AM
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Also with the hour or so between dressage, stadium and XC, I'm finding it very appealing to be able to put the horse into their makeshift stall that the stock trailer affords. The horse has the whole space to take a rest and doesn't have to go from working it's butt off to standing still in a cramped space for the hour or so.
I thought Americans were crazy the first time I saw someone leave the horses in the trailer at an event!

We have our own yards that my dad made that sit on brackets either side of the float. It's a 3 horse float so we have enough panels to make three decent sized yards or less, bigger yards. They are easy enough to put up/down that we even use them for day trips.

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I usually tie my horse to the outside with his hay bag, but I do see a lot of people using their trailers as stalls. I kind of like it. I think if I had to go walk a course or something, I'd feel better knowing he was inside the trailer than hanging out next to it. That being said, I'm not good at tying things. I came back to the trailer at my last show to find my horse grazing next to the trailer...not tied to anything. The lead had come loose. Oops.

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post #17 of 30 Old 07-06-2010, 12:16 AM
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I thought Americans were crazy the first time I saw someone leave the horses in the trailer at an event!

We have our own yards that my dad made that sit on brackets either side of the float. It's a 3 horse float so we have enough panels to make three decent sized yards or less, bigger yards. They are easy enough to put up/down that we even use them for day trips.
ya, they are selling trailers like that now, with a fence attached to the side that fold out into a corral. but they only make one corral, and are probably 10x more expensive then homemade ones! ;)

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post #18 of 30 Old 07-06-2010, 12:22 AM
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Yep, bought ones are super expensive. I think dad did ours for about $300 all up, and that's like 12 panels I think. We use the float as one side and the three yards adjoin so we don't need as many panels. It's so handy having a handyman as a dad - He made me the coolest hoof stand out of a jockey wheel too!

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post #19 of 30 Old 07-27-2010, 10:37 PM
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I personally like straight load, step-ups. I had a slant stock trailer and didn't like it the back stall looked way to small and didn't like how anything could fly in thru the slats.

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post #20 of 30 Old 07-28-2010, 01:37 AM
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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.
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