Readers Tell Us Which Type of Horse Trailer They Prefer

More than 2,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Which type of horse trailer do you prefer?"

results of poll on horse trailer preference

Results were as follows: 
  • Slant-load: 51.85% (1052)
  • Straight-load: 25.92% (526)
  • Stock trailer: 15.48% (314)
  • Reverse-slant-load: 3.55% (72)
  • Head-to-head: 3.20% (65)

Readers shared the reasoning behind their preferred type of trailer in the comments below.

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  • two 6x6 box stall configuration
  • It more easily accommodates the BIG horses in a two-horse trailer
  • Ship them stall and a half, never single.
  • I only have experience with straight and stock and my horse hates straight and is ok on stock
  • No matter what, my horses LOVE to ride backwards.
  • Trailer type is dependant on horse size, use, preference and #
  • I also prefer a step-up rather than a ramp.
  • It's the only type my horses have been hauled in.
  • Slant load open stock with removable dividers.
  • 4 horse stock has been my choice, every horse has been willing to step in the large airy 10" box
  • like to have my 20 ponys in a horse box all together as my dorter can have a better chance of win
  • Straight loads allow more access to each horse. In Slants, you do not
  • straight load/head2head with side ramps
  • Only kind I've had experience with. Would love to try them all out though!
  • Straight load, mine is an anti-scrambling trailer made in Australia. (J.R. Easy Traveller)
  • A stock trailer for horses with some protection on their legs. And horses loose within it.
  • alwaya teach your horse to back out of the trailer.
  • I like stock trailers, too -- all MUST be goosenecks!
  • I have a very large horse and he does not fit in one side of a striaght load
  • i have straight load partitions in my stock trailers
  • stock allows the horse to choose comfortable travel
  • Not what I prefer, but what the horse prefers. Put them in an open stock trlr & they ride backwards.
  • straight load with front escape door.
  • Lots of air, let my horse loose so she can stand anyway she wants
  • Definitely slant load + custom ordered extra tall w/drop down tailgate, dbl insulated
  • I use the trailer to make my own slant load for however many head I have.
  • It's easier to get in/out of and possibly not so intimidating to get into,horse sees behind better.
  • I like the open quality of a stock trailer. My horse doesn't spook and is always comfortable.
  • Combined with a side load. This covers additional emergencies if the horse needs to be extracted.
  • Horses can brace better in a slant-load trailer. My mule prefers to look out the window so i voted for her
  • I really prefer a straight-load with ability to convert to BOXES so the horse can move around.
  • Of course slant-load. It makes it so much easier for horses to balance!
  • I like the open floor plan of the stock trailer, more versatility
  • Have owned them all, slant load is the safest for the horses
  • gooseneck; much easier to turn and back. plus extra storage space!
  • the type that hauls a horse or two.
  • I have a 18 foot that can be converted to carry two horses walk in and a stall area behind that.
  • Horses can balance or brace better in a slant load just like you do riding in the back of a pick up.
  • thata what I have and is great if they will go a straight then you can haul in any type of a trailer
  • I like a stock combo if the horse has not been loaded much
  • Stress research support a reverse slant load.
  • plus add removable panel/s, weld brkts where needed & can what other 4 do
  • Gooseneck or bumper pull
  • the taler, the better, too. Lots of windows.
  • Straight fits 17+ hh warmbloods better than slant + gooseneck = easier drive & smoother ride
  • My horse's butt got rubbed raw on a slant.
  • PREFER stock trailer but could only afford what was used on sale
  • goose-neck
  • Straight load w/ramp with ample room for a haybag, slants are too short for my big TB
  • I have super-sized horses, most slants simply are too small.
  • I LOVE the Sundowner trailers over others as they DO NOT make the angle to flat more room 4 horse
  • 4-star it's the best!!!
  • horses can see in and out. It alot mor airy and light and they have less stress
  • Balances load better when a single hose is traveling
  • Straight load with an on/off ramp in the front as well as the back.
  • Just got a 4-star 3 horse slant-load...it's awsome !!!
  • They load and travel much better in an extra wide and extra tall stock trailer
  • STRAIGHT LOADS ARE ROOMIER THEN SLANT LOADS. MY DRAFT CROSS IS VERY COMFY IN MY SUNDOWNER T/B HEIGHT
  • Affordable
  • The horses are more comfortable specially on curves and turns
  • I prefer equal loading of feet which isn't possible in a slant load when its moving.
  • Position is not so important as room to lower head, surf balance
  • Having only used slant & straight load, have found the horses fair better in slant
  • I've never had the opportunity to use a reverse slant, they're prob preferred by the horse.
  • My trailer was converted from a 4 head to head to a 3 stalls, horses seems to travel very well in it
  • goose-neck!!!
  • straight loads seem to give the horse more room
  • Easy to load and unload, love mine and my horses seem to like it to!
  • I prefer my LQ, the horses prefer the stock!
  • I have a 2 horse with no divider, My horse rides backwards, slant and untied.
  • 2horse straight with 1 box AKA 2+1
  • with a ramp
  • I perfer slant loads due to being able to turn the horses around to unload.
  • I own a slant-load but wished I had gotten a straight-load instead.
  • Must have ramp
  • Slant loads not big enough for warmbloods
  • When my horses ride loose, they alway turn around backwards and hang their head low.
  • Slant - love it
  • Horses do not feel so comfined.
  • Seems like our horses like these the best
  • It really depends on the size of the stalls in the trailer
  • Stock, to hold my carriage up front and horse in the back 12' - 16' trailer length
  • perfer a trailer that does not have the tack on the back,but a door that opens all the way
  • warm blood trailer extra head room and width
  • Slant load with ramps.
  • Love my Sundowner..have never had a problem loading, from QH to TB in foal...slantloads are great!
  • No mangers.
  • We have cattle too, so the stock trailer is the most cost effective method.
  • I have a 3 horse slant and it is a pain in the butt. Partitions block sight, make horses nervous.
  • I've had slant & straight; slant-load hauls better.
  • Believe horses are more comfy straight rather than rocking from shoulder to sholdr.
  • Reverse slant load is new to me, going to check that out!
  • anything to make my horse & I better loader
  • My horse likes stock step up she can turn to exit. I prefer 2 hrs bumper pull to haul.
  • this allows to the horse to use natural balance for start and stop
  • I LOVE my slant load and my horses travel so much better!
  • Die-hard straight load converted to slant & love it!
  • MY TRAILER IS HOT IN THE SUMMER. WISH THE ROOF WAS INSULATED AND MORE AIR CIRCULATION.
  • Sundowner
  • slant load over all is best but for my seasoned bunch stock rules!
  • I prefer slants but own a straight load
  • A good old 4 horse stock trailer lets you have all the options
  • I think they ride better in a slant load
  • Horses don't feel "closed in" and can see each other. Easier to trailer train horses too.
  • step up
  • we have both but prefer slant-load
  • Ramp
  • I only have experience with a slant load, it's great for the horses, hauling, hay, moving furniture.
  • I like both slant and straight but bought a slant
  • I love Brenderups. Wish I could afford one;)
  • slant load stock is best, just close stock panels up in cold weather.
  • gooseneck w/living quarters- I'm spoiled
  • Just acquired slant-load stock, works fine for my smaller Arabs, my big Arab mare faces straight
  • straight with ramp (never used a slant yet)
  • draft horse size only
  • i prefer for my horse to be able to change postions from straight to slant as she choses
  • Stock-combo will be next buy. Curr. slant load too small for big Appy.
  • It just works better for me and the horses like it, too.
  • i have a slant, but would go back to a straight load. reason- ease of getting to either horse
  • Have had strt load, slant is much better, horses seem more comfortable
  • I own slant & straight load - both have advantages and disadvantages. Hauled stock & don't like
  • load them slant in stock trailer
  • Easy to load. Easy to access horses in an emergency!
  • I HATE slant loads. My horses don't fit in them.
  • tag along step-up....steel trailer
  • most horses love them, feel freer/more spacious
  • I've never used anything other than straight so have no basis for comparison. gooseneck!
  • In an emergency with the horse inthe front of a slant, you can't get to it, or unload it.
  • I have a large 2 horse slant load. I think adequate room is more important the loading configuration
  • mid tack so back doors are fully open
  • step up for all my trailers stock and straight load
  • Steel vs aluminum
  • Any kind is ok as long as it is tall; head room helps a horse load!
  • would like to try a reverse slant load, hear horses like them better
  • EASIER FOR LOADING
  • with a ramp. they walk right in!
  • If $ didn't matter-reverse load with horse cross tied in box stall
  • Seems to be safer for the person loading and unloading the horses.
  • I have a 4 hse gn with LQ and slide-out; very plush
  • I have a slant, but would buy a straight-load next time.
  • Slant loads are too small and cause one sided lameness.
  • The horses get to choose which way the want to stand.
  • Brenderup makes the best 2 horse straight load. You really only need a 6cyl to pull it!
  • I like the ability to easily make my slant a fully open trailer
  • I prefer a stock but I own a straight load stepup cause I want a dressing room.
  • ...and no ramp!
  • From what I've heard and read a reverse slant load is the best way to haul horses. Not sure I agree.
  • I think the slant load is the safest and most comfortable for the horses.
  • Good for sick horses if they lay down; foals; hard to load horses, etc.
  • Not sure which kind my HORSE prefers, though......
  • some horses travel better one way some another
  • Any horse over 16 hands or wearing a size 78 blanket or more is really NOT comfortable in a slant.
  • Its easier & quicker to get horses off in an emergency off a streight loading float.
  • STock trailer with a slant load option with a swing-away divider. I prefer a step up
  • my draft will only load in a BIG stock trailer, my other horses don't seem to care
  • 4horse, ramp, 7'x7', gooseneck works for me
  • step up
  • I have a slant load,step up stock trailer and have never had trouble loading a horse.
  • My slant load is on an 8 foot wheel base. plenty of room
  • Only have two horses so straight-load is fine. Friends with four use a slant-load as it is very con
  • BRENDERUP
  • easier for the horse to keep their balance while traveling
  • I like the slant load, but have a straight load. My horses don't mind it, but they have been in bot. I use a straight-load ramp typ trailer without mangers for optimum head room and balance.
  • Stock trailers are the most versatile. Many poor loaders like the openess of a stock trailer.
  • I own a straight load gooseneck but the partition is eaasily removed to make a box stall
  • I love my slant but also had really liked the stock trailer I used to have
  • My 2,000 pound draft mares need a straight, tall and wide trailer.
  • It's just the type I'm used to.
  • Easier to turn a horse around in a slant than straight
  • Easy to use and any horse will go in.
  • Brenderup ; I love the easy ramp and wonderful head room .. it's light yet solid !!
  • Straigth-load, ramp, gooseneck.
  • Straight load walk through. My standardbred is way too big (long) for a slant load!
  • I have never had one horse that would not load into a stock trailer.
  • prefer slant first, stock secondly
  • No partition in the middle makes for easier loading.
  • Gives horses more room to stretch and cough if needed. Slant loads tend to be tight for larger horse
  • I also really like my stock trailer, but I don't like haul friends horses with mine.
  • I have a three-horse slant load and am very satisfied with it.
  • with a ramp
  • equispirit trailers are great
  • We have had all kinds and we feel they haul better in a slant load.
  • I love my Morgan bumper pull slant load. The horse area is a great area to camp in.
  • slant loads are not good for big horses!
  • Aluminum
  • horses naturaly like to ride that way
  • Mine has a side exit so that the 1st horse in can be taken off without affecting the 2nd horse in.
  • I like slant loads, but my mare likes stock trailers. She wins.
  • horses always end up in this position so it must be OK
  • In my 2-horse straight load with no divider, any horse stands diagonally for comfort.
  • We have a str. 2h that we mod to stock & load 3 slant.
  • 2 horse bumper pull
  • Kingston, was new in '95, great trailer
  • and a ramp with barn doors
  • I can haul loose and let my horse decide
  • with partitions removed
  • No manger, I like the chest bar with a feed bag down at shoulder height.
  • with a ramp
  • Actually, would prefer large semi w/air ride (LOL)
  • None of the above. I have an
  • Seems safer/easier for the handler than a slant for loading and unloading.
  • More room in straight load; more balanced ride vs slant
  • I have a slant load but all of the dividers can be removed to convert it to stock
  • Would love a slant if they didn't squish my horses.
  • It is an ugly thing when a horse falls under the divider in a slant load.No thanks.
  • Intergrity w/ living quarters.AWESOME! but the removable saddle rack is worthless! Get a permanent.
  • Horses seem to be able to injure themselves on step ups and on ramps. I've done better with ramps.
  • I use a stock trailer w/box stalls - horses can choose and change their positions
  • Seams more stable for the horses.
  • I haul alone mostly, so I want to be able to get to both horses if need be w/out off loading.
  • how is a stock trainer not a straight load? my horse loads head first straight-ahead
  • Big horses don't fit well in slant loads, otherwise that would be my preference
  • My horses are smaller (14-14.2hh).
  • with a ramp
  • goose neck
  • I have read so often that horses are most comfortable hauled loose, facing backward.
  • goose neck is critical
  • Definitely a goose neck ! Slant if the panels pull back for a stock as well
  • Slant load stock trailer for lots of ventilation
  • Walk thru straightloads are roomier for the big guys and allows them to keep their sinuses cleared.
  • Most comfortable for the horses heads -not jammed into a window
  • larger horses have a lot more room in a straight load than a slant load
  • Definitely head-to-head. One person can load, and great for hanging out at the shows.
  • Actually any that my horse can travel in comfortably. My straight load is good and pd for!
  • Slant-load gooseneck~LOVE IT!
  • 2-horse straight load is ALL I will ever own!
  • For horses over 16h, the extra lenght is needed
  • I really like box stalls best in a head to head.
  • I like my Brenderup, since I don't have a truck.
  • Everybody is in their spot and no moving around.
  • my choice is: extra high and wide, straight-load, ramp, big escape doors on both sides for me
  • Alum gooseneck
  • More roomy and easier loading. Doesn't give horse claustrophobia
  • Must have a ramp and an escape door.
  • no slants again w/o side ramp
  • slant load step up is my preferred choice
  • Slant load is harder to load difficult loaders into!
  • slant-load convertable stock trailer to be precise
  • My horses load the best in a step up slant load.
  • Horses should be allowed to choose which position they want to travel in.
  • I travel with donkeys who like to ride
  • Gooseneck
  • Our horses much prefered the old step-up straight load to our new slant with a ramp!
  • I prefer stock, but have a straight load.
  • I prefer my Brenderup , my horses prefer a slant load
  • Must Have a Ramp
  • Head to head 4 h or straight load 2 h
  • I've never had a horse refuse to go into a stock trailer.
  • I just like the slant loads and think they are really nice.
  • The Miley trailer is amazing!
  • torn b/t straight & slant. had horses that rode better in each
  • i also prefer my straight load with out a ramp.

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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