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Koolio 02-27-2011 11:12 AM

Straight haul or angle haul for 2 horses?
Which do you prefer and why? What are the advantages or disadvantages of straight vs angle haul trailers?

xXEventerXx 02-27-2011 11:30 AM

Personally i like straight hauls, i cant see how horses are super balenced in a angle haul but ok. i love my 2 horse straight haul it has 2 mangers, lots of padding, divider, 6 windows, 2 vents, huge tack room.

Brighteyes 02-27-2011 01:39 PM

What kind of trailer is that exactly, Eventer? I'm considering a few and like yours a lot.

lilruffian 02-27-2011 01:49 PM

Angle hauls are better, personally. Though many horses dont like getting into 2-horse trailers because they're so boxy, it's natural for horses to want to stand either sideways or backwards in a trailer as they have better balance this way.
I've met a few horses who abosultely HATED it when they were placed forward in any trailer without being able to turn & would come out sweating & upset. Put em in backwards or sideways & they trailer fine.

xXEventerXx 02-27-2011 02:10 PM

My horse loves the straight haul. the two horses can see eachother still have there head close to the windows. I have a trails-west Royale SxST ive hgave it for 3 years and both my horses love it. My 2 year old walked into it no problem. ALSO if horses dont like the straight haul my trailer divider can swivel into a angle haul for 1 horse.

lilruffian 02-27-2011 02:30 PM

I rarely have more than 1 horse in my straight load 2-horse so i've completely removed the divider so that the horse can turn if they wish.

xXEventerXx 02-27-2011 02:37 PM

Yea you can take the divider out to but i wouldnt just because there is a bar in the middle near the mangers so it could be a hazard.
heres some pics

horselver1979 02-27-2011 03:26 PM

I have owned both.

The slant I could get more horses in, as in I had no trouble getting them in or out. You can turn horses around instead of backing them off. But that also depends on how large or small your trailer is. Another thing about slants is sometimes larger, longer horses cant fit comfortably. We always had to put the long one on last because then he had more room.

The straight can be a little more tricky. Mainly because your horse must go in before you (if you are alone) while you are outside waiting for your horse to stand and stay in the trailer without backing out. And you must never tie before you put the butt bar up first. Most newer straights are taller and are more roomy and can take the longer horses. I had to train my horses how to load in this trailer and it took about a month.

Those are my experiences with the two. My next trailer will be a stock combo. :wink:

kitten_Val 02-27-2011 03:30 PM

To me slant all the way. My horses prefer to stand angled, easier to load IMHO, always have a dressing room (the angle gives) and no ramp (which I really hate in straight load - way too heavy for me and some horses are afraid of it).

xXEventerXx 02-27-2011 03:50 PM

I actually go in my trailer before my horse and i have a straight haul and thats because i can walk right into the tack room, so i dont have to go out the way we came in. And my tack room is way bigger than a slant.

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