Your opinions on trailers - slant, straight load, or 90'
Which is the safest way of hauling a horse?? Ive always been told that a horse is "happier" when hauled in a slant load trailer, but just read an article which states that this position requires the horse to balance unnaturally, causing stress and exhaustion and possible long term effects of unsoundness
So what has been everyones experiences with the different types of trailers?? What do you feel is the safest mode and why, and have you experienced any negative effects from a certain mode?
We have always had a straight load so don't really have anything to compare it to. Our girls seem happy and never overly tired when we haul them. 4-5 hours is the longest we have gone, but we stop every hour or so and let them rest for a bit. They both seem to brace on the butt bar for balance rather than on the sides or corners like they would in a slant, so that article does make sense.
I've seen horses in a stock trailer loaded side to side at a 90 degree angle. I think thats the only way you could get that position.
I switched from a straight load to a slant load. I had used the straight load for probably 10 or 12 years with no issues. Suddenly my QH, who was about 16ish? at the time, started going nuts when I would drive. He would load and stand but the minute I started moving, he'd go insane. My vet told me he had equilibrium problems and suggested the slant load. Now, the trailer was old so It could ahve been any number of issues causing his behavior but I bought the slant load and had absolutely no troubles after that. I really like it....
My horse prefers the stock trailer. She always faces the back when travels. :)
I say slant load. :D
I look at it this way: when you are riding on a bus or subway and you have to stand, how do you do it? You usually put more weight on one foot. It feels more secure and lets you brace better for stops and starts. So I say slant.
I've heard of a lot of studies people have done where they've put a couple horses loose in a stock trailer to see how they preferred to stand. Generally the majority chose to stand "backwards", so if they trailer rocked or stopped suddenly they would bump their butts instead of their noses. We've always used slant loads, and haven't noticed any unevenness of gait.
Personally I think whichever works best for you and your horses.
I think the above study stated that the problems arose after hauling long distance. I think either type would be tiring for the horse on a long haul.
I would say a slant. We have used stock trailers, two horse straight loads and slants. We usually use a two horse straight load since we have to borrow trailers due to not having one of our own, but when we haul our horses to fair we use my uncles stock trailer that holds seven horses comfortably and they always travel at a slant no matter how we put them. They semm more comfortable that way. Monty Roberts and countless other people have done studies where they have said that slant load trailers are more comfortable ways for horses to travel.
Thats good because I would prefer a slant as it uses space better. I guess its a good point about them being tired over long distances no matter whattrailer was used.
I wish I could get a hold of a crate to experiment for myself.
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