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post #1 of 22 Old 12-02-2019, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Trailers for the wide horse

So we picked up my new horse this weekend. We don't own a trailer yet so we had to rent one. My husband even asked, "all they had was a two horse slant, will that work?". I said yes, it's fine, he's a spotted draft but only 15 hands high and not really long bodied. Ya, well, he was too wide to fit with the divider closed. We trailered him with the divider left locked open, but that wasn't what my preference would have been. He didn't move a lot while we were driving, but when we'd stop he'd get a little antsy and move around. He was obviously able to move his back end around quite a bit, as we had him tied in the front corner where the tie ring is located.
Are there specific trailer brands that have a wider area for each horse in a slant? Or is a stock trailer a better choice? We've looked at older trailers to rehab and fix up and are now discussing if we do that we could get at least a three horse slant and move the divider to fit two more rotund horses. I'm not stuck on a slant or a stock trailer, just want what's best for the current horse and any future horses.
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-02-2019, 02:44 PM
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Everyone I know who hauls drafts or a variety of horses either uses a slant with the dividers removed, or a stock trailer. Most horses hauled alone will move around a bit in an open trailer when stopped. If the horse hauls well when moving, I wouldn't worry about it.
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post #3 of 22 Old 12-02-2019, 02:54 PM
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I have a 3-horse slant and removed the dividers.

I can even haul two adult bulls in there. They are huge, but not tall. And I occasionally haul three horses with no problem.
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post #4 of 22 Old 12-02-2019, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 3-horse slant and removed the dividers.

I can even haul two adult bulls in there. They are huge, but not tall. And I occasionally haul three horses with no problem.

So three horses standing next to each other in a slant position without the dividers? All I can think is when my kids were younger and I'd get the "she's touching me" from the back seat. LOL!


We don't have this guy a buddy yet, but are working on it. He's being stabled at the moment until our fence is done. One of his issues (we were told from the beginning) is that he doesn't get along well with other horses when in an enclosed environment. He's fine in a paddock with one maybe two other horses as long as they will put him in his place when he gets cranky. But he's not good in an arena with many other horses. Or in a paddock area with lots of other horses. So I doubt we'd be able to squeeze him in too tight with another horse in a trailer. However, it could just be the circumstances he was in (he was a trail/therapy horse at a retreat with lots of beginners riding him) and he got stressed. Maybe with just one or two buddies and his own family he won't be stressed and cranky towards other horses. Only time will tell. But I'm figuring it'll be like my kids in the car on a long ride.
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post #5 of 22 Old 12-02-2019, 03:37 PM
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I really Like a 4-horse stock trailer. The front divider is removable, the back does not have a divider.

When I moved my three horses across the U.S. twice, the 13.3H fella and the 14.3H fella were up front.

The long bodied, 16.1H fella had the back end to himself. Much of the time he traveled standing diagonally. He was always tied.
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post #6 of 22 Old 12-03-2019, 08:36 AM
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We had our dividers custom set. Basically was a 3 horse slant that we had two dividers placed. Moved up to a 4 horse slant with 3 when we started hauling with babies. I didn't like that set up but it worked for short trips. Preferred the stock type that we had a divider that separated front pair from back.
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post #7 of 22 Old 12-03-2019, 08:53 AM
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I prefer a stock trailer. It gives plenty of room loading and unloading and the horses always have enough room to move a little and stay comfortable. My favorite is a 14' gooseneck, it will hold three horses easily and it is very maneuverable. I can usually put it anywhere forward or backward in one shot.
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post #8 of 22 Old 12-03-2019, 08:57 AM
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So I doubt we'd be able to squeeze him in too tight with another horse in a trailer. However, it could just be the circumstances he was in (he was a trail/therapy horse at a retreat with lots of beginners riding him) and he got stressed. Maybe with just one or two buddies and his own family he won't be stressed and cranky towards other horses. Only time will tell. But I'm figuring it'll be like my kids in the car on a long ride.
Actually, that might not be the case. I have a 2 horse stock trailer with no dividers. I have 3 horses that got along perfectly and one horse who was the "odd man out." He never got to be in their tea parties and always grazed separately. When they were in the sacrifice pen together, the others always chased him away.

So, I thought as you did--the others would never share a trailer easily with him. One day, on a trailered trail ride, the person who hauled my "outcast" third horse for me in his partitioned trailer, had to leave for an emergency. There I was, out on the trail, with 3 horses and a 2 horse trailer. I thought, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We'll give it a try."

I loaded the first two on a slant, left the door open, and the 3rd horse, the one the others wouldn't accept, just jumped right in, pushed the other two over, and they hauled like a dream. After that, we hauled him with the others from time to time, and never had a problem. My other 3 weren't nice to him in the pen and pasture, but they accepted him just fine in the trailer.
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That should have been 1 divided in the 3 and 2 in the 4.

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post #10 of 22 Old 12-03-2019, 03:10 PM
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I have a Shadow 3-horse slant trailer. Plenty of room.

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