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OkieGal 12-13-2011 11:56 PM

Pros/Cons of a 1 horse straight load
Hi! I'm new here. Haven't yet posted to meet the forum but I thought I'd ask my question before I forget it. Haha

I'm looking into owning horses again and I've been looking at either a 2-horse straight load or a 1-horse straight load.
I'm sure slant is the best but I cannot find anything within my price range that is a slant.

What are the pros and cons of a straight load?
If I were to get a straight load, would a horse be more willing to go into a 2-horse?

I understand with proper training, a horse should be willing to load in any trailer but I'm trying to get a horse's prespective of this.

bubba13 12-14-2011 12:08 AM

I've never used one, but it just seems unsafe to me. Tight, cramped space and all. And claustrophobic for the horse. I did have a two-horse straight load for awhile, and it did its job all right, but same scenario. What about a small all purpose stock trailer?

waresbear 12-14-2011 12:10 AM

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I am not sure where you are located, but as far as I know, they don't make 1 horse straight loads. Any single horse unit I have seen is homemade, which I would avoid.

OkieGal 12-14-2011 12:10 AM

I have thought about a stock! One of the 16' WW Stocks.

bubba13 12-14-2011 12:16 AM

I think they made more of them back in the day, but they were produced by actual manufacturers (like maybe WW?). Scariest one I ever saw on the road, though was this awful three-horse monstrosity. It was a straight load....single file. Imagine loading horses in that one....

waresbear 12-14-2011 12:20 AM

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Inline trailer, yes, horrible. And extremely difficult to back.

bubba13 12-14-2011 12:25 AM

OkieGal 12-14-2011 12:25 AM

Looks like I'm going with a good stock trailer.
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bubba13 12-14-2011 12:27 AM

If you get a good deal on a two-horse, and if you're only going to be hauling one, I wouldn't necessarily pass it up. At least look at it, because some people like them just fine.

waresbear 12-14-2011 12:30 AM

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I knew a person who hauled 2 horses from Manitoba to BC in a two horse inline. She bought it specifically for the trip, she went to her vet for instructions on feeding & care for this 3 day straight driving adventure. Vet said don't unload those horses until you get to where you are going, because once you do, I doubt they will get back in. Oddly enough, she had no problem selling it once she moved & no longer wanted the trailer. She couldn't pay me to take it.

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