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post #11 of 23 Old 06-01-2013, 12:46 PM
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IMO, as long as you're conscious about your truck's towing capabilities and are careful to select a trailer that will compliment your truck (i.e. not getting a 3 horse steel trailer with a Ranger) you will be fine.
I have a 1500 Chevy and just bought a 2 horse Featherlite aluminum trailer. It pulls like a dream!
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THANKS for all the responses.

About slant loads... can one get a 2-horse one?
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THANKS for all the responses.

About slant loads... can one get a 2-horse one?
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Yes, you can get a two horse slant load, but you have to be conscious about size; some bigger horses won't fit comfortably. It's easier to accommodate a bigger/longer horse in a straight haul.
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Surfing the net about slant loads... why are they preferable? It seems like almost a regional thing. I grew up in New England where virtually everyone used front loads. I am only hauling one Rocky now... am reading about slants having issues with horses not able to lower their heads? Also, they're goosenecks by definition, so the truck is pricier than a bumper trailer, no? Enlighten me!
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You're going to get opinions from all over about slant vs. straight, bumper vs. gooseneck, it really comes down to preference, IMO.
Slant loads are more welcoming for tough loaders, but (IMO) the horse can have a harder time balancing, because they're on a slant so they rely on walls/divider for support when accelerating/braking/turning. The problem I ran into with an angle haul is that my horse is quite long, so unless it was WB sized, we couldn't shut the divider.
Straight loads are generally less inviting for a horse to load up into because of the middle bar, but offer more room for a bigger horse length-wise. If you add a foot to the width of an angle haul, you're only truly adding a few inches diagonally for the horse's body; if you add a foot to the length/width of a straight haul, you're getting the full use of that extra space.
Goosenecks are considered to be more stable all in all, but if you're properly matching your truck and trailer, a bumper pull should be just as safe.
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Surfing the net about slant loads... why are they preferable? It seems like almost a regional thing. I grew up in New England where virtually everyone used front loads. I am only hauling one Rocky now... am reading about slants having issues with horses not able to lower their heads? Also, they're goosenecks by definition, so the truck is pricier than a bumper trailer, no? Enlighten me!
Actually, there are lots of bumper-pull slant loads.

I like slants because the dividers swing away and open up a large inviting area for the horse to enter. The only horse that really has to go into a small cramped space is the last one on the trailer. And some people like to turn their horse around and let them come out head first to keep from having the hind legs slip underneath the trailer when stepping out backwards.

As far as the pros and cons of slant/straight/front loading, you will hear lots of opinions from all camps. Like everything else horse, it really depends on the individual.

For a couple years I pulled a 4 horse stock trailer hauling only 2 horses. We would put one horse in the front section and the other horse in the rear section and leave them loose. One horse positioned himself facing forward but angled crosswise. The other would turn around and face straight backwards. Other peoples horses we would haul would all figure out where they were the most comfortable and that's where they would stand every time. I never had any problems with any of mine when hauling in other peoples trailers either, they seemed to adjust within a few miles and settle down and chill.

Most importantly, find a trailer you like the "feel" of, that you can pull safely with your tow vehicle and that you can afford. Then teach your horse he can trust you to haul him safely in whatever you ask him to get into.

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Grrrr. Forgot to address the bumper pull vs goose neck vs 5th wheel and the truck to pull each question.

Bumper pull, obviously as it says, attaches to the bumper of the tow vehicle. Bumper is a bit of a misnomer though. Many vehicles have "receiver hitches" installed that attach directly to the frame of the vehicle. They still pull "bumper pull" trailers.

I really hope that doesn't come off as condescending as it seems...some people truly don't know some simple things like that...

Now the g-neck/5th-wheel thing. Depending where you live, they are called different things...or sometimes the same thing...but they really are two distinct different hitching methods.

A goose neck trailer uses a hitching system where the "ball" is in the back of the truck, and the hitch mechanism is located on the trailer "neck". A 5th wheel trailer has a "king-pin" on the trailer and the hitch mechanism is located in the back of the truck. Both pull pretty much the same, the 5th wheel is easier to hookup if you have depth perception issues, but is more expensive, while the goose neck is fairly inexpensive and is much more common in the horse world.


The only price difference may come from installing a new hitching system for the g-neck/5th wheel, but other than that a truck is a truck is a truck in this particular case of bumper pull vs g-neck/5th wheel.

Now if you have a van or suburban or other such vehicle, obviously you are stuck with a bumper pull regardless.

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