Most of my hauling experience is in straight loads and so when I shopped for my first trailer last year, that’s what I bought. My young horse has since grown quite a bit–and thus outgrown the trailer–so I am shopping for something else.
I am debating switching to a slant load; due to her size, I’ve been hauling her in my straight with the divider pinned to the side and it is a bit easier to maneuver if I need to get in there with her. Sometimes having to bend down behind the horses to pick up the ramp is a bit unnerving. She sits on the butt bars/chain/ramp and I don’t love that when the ramp comes down, her back end is RIGHT there. When hauling with another horse, even with a head divider, she bothers the other horse–seems like with a slant load she wouldn’t be able to access the other horse as easily.
I’m unsure if some of these issues would simply be solved by a BIGGER trailer (which I know I need regardless) or if switching to a slant would be safer. I haul by myself 4-5 days per week and want to feel comfortable and as safe as possible.
This past weekend, I sent her home from a show in my boss’ 6 horse step-up slant because she was such a terror hauling up with a friend’s horse in my trailer and she appeared to ride perfectly fine in that setup.
Input appreciated! Thanks!