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post #1 of 32 Old 02-06-2020, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Choice of trailers

I mentioned that I'm going to go out and look at a trailer this weekend. One of my instructors put me in touch with the person who's selling it. Now the instructor is interested in buying it herself! She says I can have first pick, and if I don't want this trailer, she will sell me her trailer (if I want it).

Instructor's trailer is a two-horse slant-load with front tack, open stock-type sides (at the top), Trails West Adventure line. Bumper pull, steel, step-up. Walls half padded.

The other trailer is a CM Trailer with windows, two-horse, straight load, two escape doors, front manger, steel, step up. Bumper pull. Described as extra high and extra wide. I'm not sure if the walls are padded.

Instructor would want $3200 for hers, and the other is selling for $3500. I'm a little unsure which one I should be more interested in now. If they were equal in terms of condition, which one would you guys go for and why? My horses are all small.

Also, is it easier to load in a slant trailer? Seems like loading the second horse in the straight load could be a little difficult?

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Also, is it easier to load in a slant trailer? Seems like loading the second horse in the straight load could be a little difficult?
I would say it depends on the horse. I have no idea of how you horses trailer.
The horses i ride all do different trailers
Danny I believe loads in strait but Sammy loads in slanted. (I BELIEVE) Danny is also scared of slanted trailers.


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post #3 of 32 Old 02-06-2020, 02:14 PM
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I personally would be more interested in the stock trailer slant load with the tack room in the front. When I used a regular stock trailer without any dividers my horse always seemed to put herself in the slanted position. I am also a fan of the stock trailer type with the openings at the top as they seem to offer more air flow. Given they are both steel (weigh the same) both bumper pull and both in the same condition that would be my preference.
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If condition/tires/wiring were all equal I would go for the slant load. You didn't mention if the straight load has a tack room and that would be deciding factor for me.

Plus my horses load and travel better in a slant load.
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We love our slant load trailer. We are able to walk the horses out instead of backing them out. We have had a straight load but prefer a slant load.
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I prefer slant loads, but it would depend on which trailer is in the best condition.
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post #7 of 32 Old 02-06-2020, 02:24 PM
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I prefer a slant - just for the reason that you can use it very easily for other things than hauling horses.
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If condition is the same I prefer a stock trailer first and if it has to have compartments then a slant load. So I would want the slant. I wouldn't even look at a straight to be honest, I don't like unloading horses backward. All of mine can do it I would just prefer they didn't have to. If you blindfold yourself and have a friend walk you backward down a step you get a feel for what your horse has to do trust wise every time you back it out of a straight load. I know horses do it every day and mine will do it for me just fine but why put them through that if you don't have to?

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post #9 of 32 Old 02-06-2020, 03:31 PM
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Also, is it easier to load in a slant trailer? Seems like loading the second horse in the straight load could be a little difficult?

The flufflinger rides in just about anything because he just loves going on road trips. Slant, straight, upside down (ok, maybe not that last one ) he'll get in the trailer. My B'up is a straight load so I obviously prefer straights. It never seemed particularly difficult to load a second horse in a straight load since I always put the Haffie-face on first and he's a breeze. Most of the time, the second horse sees the first one munching hay and climbs in to investigate.



I did have one time when a friend and I had gone riding and her lease Connemara refused to get back on the trailer after the ride. I just ran the lead rope over the chest bar in my B'up, and sat in the front (I've got a HB model so no tackroom which I'm sort of ambivalent about, it'd be nice to have one, but I don't miss not having it that much) with the side door open keeping the pressure on (with a slight release when he stepped forward). Might have taken a little longer than if we had a slant and someone trying to lead him in, but it was safer than getting stuck in there with him.


My mare hates slants. She's balked twice at loading in them.


But really, it's anyone's preference. I've actually looked at EquiTrek trailers for the day the Brenderup finally gives up the ghost, and like them. They've got side load ramps and load more like horse boxes (and the horse's ride backwards, I think). Plus, the nearest port they deliver to is about 40 minutes down the road. But they've also got a 5 figure pricetag so I'd better hope I win the lottery if I want to get one.
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post #10 of 32 Old 02-06-2020, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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OK, and no one has any issues with the brand of the slant load (Trailers West Adventure line)?

I'm kind of leaning toward getting that one.

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