Poll

Load 'Em Up!

Which type of horse trailer do you prefer?

Slant-load
52%
1052
Straight-load
26%
526
Reverse-slant-load
4%
72
Head-to-head
3%
65
Stock trailer
15%
314

Total votes cast: 2029

Comments & Write-in Answers

two 6x6 box stall configuration

2/16/2009 6:54:18 PM

It more easily accommodates the BIG horses in a two-horse trailer

2/16/2009 4:39:03 PM

Ship them stall and a half, never single.

2/16/2009 3:53:34 PM

I only have experience with straight and stock and my horse hates straight and is ok on stock

2/16/2009 2:41:04 PM

No matter what, my horses LOVE to ride backwards.

2/16/2009 2:31:28 PM

Trailer type is dependant on horse size, use, preference and #

2/16/2009 1:23:32 PM

I also prefer a step-up rather than a ramp.

2/16/2009 7:19:24 AM

It's the only type my horses have been hauled in.

2/16/2009 2:16:24 AM

Slant load open stock with removable dividers.

2/15/2009 11:41:02 PM

4 horse stock has been my choice, every horse has been willing to step in the large airy 10" box

2/15/2009 5:16:02 PM

i like to have my 20 ponys in a horse box all together as my dorter can have a better chance of win

2/15/2009 4:12:34 PM

Straight loads allow more access to each horse. In Slants, you do not

2/15/2009 12:29:46 PM

straight load/head2head with side ramps

2/15/2009 9:14:30 AM

Only kind I've had experience with. Would love to try them all out though!

2/15/2009 6:46:23 AM

Straight load, mine is an anti-scrambling trailer made in Australia. (J.R. Easy Traveller)

2/15/2009 6:04:44 AM

A stock trailer for horses with some protection on their legs. And horses loose within it.

2/14/2009 9:16:12 PM

alwaya teach your horse to back out of the trailer.

2/14/2009 9:04:17 PM

I like stock trailers, too -- all MUST be goosenecks!

2/14/2009 4:12:17 PM

I have a very large horse and he does not fit in one side of a striaght load

2/14/2009 2:55:37 PM

i have straight load partitions in my stock trailers

2/14/2009 2:01:41 PM

stock allows the horse to choose comfortable travel

2/14/2009 1:49:09 PM

Not what I prefer, but what the horse prefers. Put them in an open stock trlr & they ride backwards.

2/13/2009 11:17:09 PM

straight load with front escape door.

2/13/2009 9:31:18 PM

Lots of air, let my horse loose so she can stand anyway she wants

2/13/2009 9:16:29 PM

Definitely slant load + custom ordered extra tall w/drop down tailgate, dbl insulated

2/13/2009 7:04:22 PM

I use the trailer to make my own slant load for however many head I have.

2/13/2009 6:43:17 PM

It's easier to get in/out of and possibly not so intimidating to get into,horse sees behind better.

2/13/2009 5:37:43 PM

I like the open quality of a stock trailer. My horse doesn't spook and is always comfortable.

2/13/2009 2:40:14 PM

Combined with a side load. This covers additional emergencies if the horse needs to be extracted.

2/13/2009 12:07:22 PM

Horses can brace better in a slant-load trailer.

2/13/2009 12:06:23 PM

My mule prefers to look out the window so i voted for her

2/13/2009 11:02:03 AM

I really prefer a straight-load with ability to convert to BOXES so the horse can move around.

2/13/2009 10:11:13 AM

Of course slant-load. It makes it so much easier for horses to balance!

2/13/2009 10:11:06 AM

I like the open floor plan of the stock trailer, more versitility

2/13/2009 7:34:46 AM

Have owned them all, slant load is the safest for the horses

2/13/2009 6:46:31 AM

gooseneck; much easier to turn and back. plus extra storage space!

2/13/2009 12:28:30 AM

the type that hauls a horse or two.

2/13/2009 12:19:40 AM

I have a 18 foot that can be converted to carry two horses walk in and a stall area behind that.

2/12/2009 8:46:40 PM

Horses can balance or brace better in a slant load just like you do riding in the back of a pick up.

2/12/2009 8:01:29 PM

thata what I have and is great if they will go a straight then you can haul in any type of a trailer

2/12/2009 8:01:07 PM

I like a stock combo if the horse has not been loaded much

2/12/2009 7:42:21 PM

Stress research support a reverse slant load.

2/12/2009 7:22:24 PM

plus add removable panel/s, weld brkts where needed & can what other 4 do

2/12/2009 7:11:17 PM

Gooseneck or bumper pull

2/12/2009 6:43:29 PM

the taler, the better, too. Lots of windows.

2/12/2009 6:29:46 PM

Straight fits 17+ hh warmbloods better than slant + gooseneck = easier drive & smoother ride

2/12/2009 5:59:32 PM

My horse's butt got rubbed raw on a slant.

2/12/2009 5:21:43 PM

PREFER stock trailer but could only afford what was used on sale

2/12/2009 4:51:06 PM

goose-neck

2/12/2009 4:12:41 PM

Straight load w/ramp with ample room for a haybag, slants are too short for my big TB

2/12/2009 4:03:18 PM

I have super-sized horses, most slants simply are too small.

2/12/2009 3:51:17 PM

I LOVE the Sundowner trailers over others as they DO NOT make the angle to flat more room 4 horse

2/12/2009 3:08:11 PM

4-star it's the best!!!

2/12/2009 3:04:51 PM

horses can see in and out. It alot mor airy and light and they have less stress

2/12/2009 2:55:45 PM

Balances load better when a single hose is traveling

2/12/2009 2:17:39 PM

Straight load with an on/off ramp in the front as well as the back.

2/12/2009 11:37:34 AM

Just got a 4-star 3 horse slant-load...it's awsome !!!

2/12/2009 11:37:08 AM

They load and travel much better in an extra wide and extra tall stock trailer

2/12/2009 11:29:05 AM

STRAIGHT LOADS ARE ROOMIER THEN SLANT LOADS. MY DRAFT CROSS IS VERY COMFY IN MY SUNDOWNER T/B HEIGHT

2/12/2009 11:26:43 AM

affordable

2/12/2009 9:10:04 AM

The horses are more comfortable specially on curves and turns

2/12/2009 8:19:04 AM

I prefer equal loading of feet which isn't possible in a slant load when its moving.

2/12/2009 7:18:57 AM

Position is not so important as room to lower head, surf balance

2/11/2009 11:55:52 PM

Having only used slant & straight load, have found the horses fair better in slant

2/11/2009 11:23:27 PM

I've never had the opportunity to use a reverse slant, they're prob preferred by the horse.

2/11/2009 10:12:00 PM

My trailer was converted from a 4 head to head to a 3 stalls, horses seems to travel very well in it

2/11/2009 10:07:46 PM

goose-neck!!!

2/11/2009 9:16:59 PM

straight loads seem to give the horse more room

2/11/2009 8:17:27 PM

Easy to load and unload, love mine and my horses seem to like it to!

2/11/2009 8:06:20 PM

I prefer my LQ, the horses prefer the stock!

2/11/2009 7:31:05 PM

I have a 2 horse with no divider, My horse rides backwards, slant and untied.

2/11/2009 7:07:02 PM

2horse straight with 1 box AKA 2+1

2/11/2009 6:37:04 PM

with a ramp

2/11/2009 5:42:51 PM

I perfer slant loads due to being able to turn the horses around to unload.

2/11/2009 4:16:23 PM

I own a slant-load but wished I had gotten a straight-load instead.

2/11/2009 4:15:06 PM

Must have ramp

2/11/2009 4:04:17 PM

Slant loads not big enough for warmbloods

2/11/2009 3:41:24 PM

When my horses ride loose, they alway turn around backwards and hang their head low.

2/11/2009 3:28:41 PM

Slant - love it

2/11/2009 3:01:58 PM

Horses do not feel so comfined.

2/11/2009 2:47:55 PM

Seems like our horses like these the best

2/11/2009 2:21:34 PM

It really depends on the size of the stalls in the trailer

2/11/2009 2:15:36 PM

Stock, to hold my carriage up front and horse in the back 12' - 16' trailer length

2/11/2009 2:07:26 PM

perfer a trailer that does not have the tack on the back,but a door that opens all the way

2/11/2009 1:40:23 PM

warm blood trailer extra head room and width

2/11/2009 12:53:50 PM

Slant load with ramps.

2/11/2009 12:47:18 PM

Love my Sundowner..have never had a problem loading, from QH to TB in foal...slantloads are great!

2/11/2009 12:28:14 PM

No mangers.

2/11/2009 12:14:29 PM

We have cattle too, so the stock trailer is the most cost effective method.

2/11/2009 12:00:10 PM

I have a 3 horse slant and it is a pain in the butt. Partitions block sight, make horses nervous.

2/11/2009 11:35:26 AM

I've had slant & straight; slant-load hauls better.

2/11/2009 11:32:27 AM

Believe horses are more comfy straight rather than rocking from shoulder to sholdr.

2/11/2009 11:32:10 AM

Reverse slant load is new to me, going to check that out!

2/11/2009 11:24:59 AM

anything to make my horse & I better loader

2/11/2009 11:21:49 AM

My horse likes stock step up she can turn to exit. I prefer 2 hrs bumper pull to haul.

2/11/2009 11:19:30 AM

this allows to the horse to use natural balance for start and stop

2/11/2009 10:41:08 AM

I LOVE my slant load and my horses travel so much better!

2/11/2009 10:23:13 AM

Die-hard straight load converted to slant & love it!

2/11/2009 10:18:01 AM

MY TRAILER IS HOT IN THE SUMMER. WISH THE ROOF WAS INSULATED AND MORE AIR CIRCULATION.

2/11/2009 10:07:41 AM

sundowner

2/11/2009 9:14:00 AM

slant load over all is best but for my seasoned bunch stock rules!

2/11/2009 9:00:56 AM

I prefer slants but own a straight load

2/11/2009 8:51:06 AM

A good old 4 horse stock trailer lets you have all the options

2/11/2009 8:41:35 AM

I think they ride better in a slant load

2/11/2009 8:37:23 AM

Horses don't feel "closed in" and can see each other. Easier to trailer train horses too.

2/11/2009 7:37:15 AM

step up

2/11/2009 6:50:53 AM

we have both but prefer slant-load

2/11/2009 2:02:09 AM

Ramp

2/11/2009 12:46:19 AM

I only have experience with a slant load, it's great for the horses, hauling, hay, moving furniture.

2/11/2009 12:42:58 AM

I like both slant and straight but bought a slant

2/11/2009 12:33:09 AM

I love Brenderups. Wish I could afford one;)

2/11/2009 12:05:16 AM

slant load stock is best, just close stock panels up in cold weather.

2/10/2009 11:31:40 PM

gooseneck w/living quarters- I'm spoiled

2/10/2009 10:55:27 PM

Just acquired slant-load stock, works fine for my smaller Arabs, my big Arab mare faces straight

2/10/2009 10:39:59 PM

straight with ramp (never used a slant yet)

2/10/2009 10:37:18 PM

draft horse size only

2/10/2009 10:09:58 PM

i prefer for my horse to be able to change postions from straight to slant as she choses

2/10/2009 10:06:28 PM

Stock-combo will be next buy. Curr. slant load too small for big Appy.

2/10/2009 10:05:39 PM

It just works better for me and the horses like it, too.

2/10/2009 10:05:25 PM

i have a slant, but would go back to a straight load. reason- ease of getting to either horse

2/10/2009 10:02:44 PM

Have had strt load, slant is much better, horses seem more comfortable

2/10/2009 10:01:14 PM

I own slant & straight load - both have advantages and disadvantages. Hauled stock & don't like

2/10/2009 9:46:40 PM

load them slant in stock trailer

2/10/2009 9:43:45 PM

Easy to load. Easy to access horses in an emergency!

2/10/2009 9:34:19 PM

I HATE slant loads. My horses don't fit in them.

2/10/2009 9:29:16 PM

tag along step-up....steel trailer

2/10/2009 9:28:15 PM

most horses love them, feel freer/more spacious

2/10/2009 9:19:01 PM

I've never used anything other than straight so have no basis for comparison.

2/10/2009 9:16:21 PM

gooseneck!

2/10/2009 9:16:05 PM

In an emergency with the horse inthe front of a slant, you can't get to it, or unload it.

2/10/2009 9:14:35 PM

I have a large 2 horse slant load. I think adequate room is more important the loading configuratio

2/10/2009 9:14:14 PM

mid tack so back doors are fully open

2/10/2009 9:08:06 PM

step up for all my trailers stock and straight load

2/10/2009 9:07:58 PM

Steel vs aluminum

2/10/2009 9:04:32 PM

Any kind is ok as long as it is tall; head room helps a horse load!

2/10/2009 8:49:22 PM

would like to try a reverse slant load, hear horses like them better

2/10/2009 8:43:29 PM

EASIER FOR LOADING

2/10/2009 8:37:38 PM

with a ramp. they walk right in!

2/10/2009 8:27:57 PM

If $ didn't matter-reverse load with horse cross tied in box stall

2/10/2009 8:26:13 PM

Seems to be safer for the person loading and unloading the horses.

2/10/2009 8:24:57 PM

I have a 4 hse gn with LQ and slide-out; very plush

2/10/2009 8:23:34 PM

I have a slant, but would buy a straight-load next time.

2/10/2009 8:13:31 PM

Slant loads are too small and cause one sided lameness.

2/10/2009 7:53:21 PM

The horses get to choose which way the want to stand.

2/10/2009 7:51:56 PM

Brenderup makes the best 2 horse straight load. You really only need a 6cyl to pull it!

2/10/2009 7:45:49 PM

I like the ability to easily make my slant a fully open trailer

2/10/2009 7:39:33 PM

I prefer a stock but I own a straight load stepup cause I want a dressing room.

2/10/2009 7:30:47 PM

...and no ramp!

2/10/2009 7:29:15 PM

From what I've heard and read a reverse slant load is the best way to haul horses. Not sure I agree.

2/10/2009 7:27:41 PM

I think the slant load is the safest and most comfortable for the horses.

2/10/2009 7:18:45 PM

Good for sick horses if they lay down; foals; hard to load horses, etc.

2/10/2009 7:05:42 PM

Not sure which kind my HORSE prefers, though......

2/10/2009 6:59:58 PM

some horses travel better one way some another

2/10/2009 6:58:58 PM

Any horse over 16 hands or wearing a size 78 blanket or more is really NOT comfortable in a slant.

2/10/2009 6:54:38 PM

Its easier & quicker to get horses off in an emergency off a streight loading float.

2/10/2009 6:52:11 PM

STock trailer with a slant load option with a swing-away divider. I prefer a step up

2/10/2009 6:43:54 PM

my draft will only load in a BIG stock trailer, my other horses don't seem to care

2/10/2009 6:37:34 PM

4horse, ramp, 7'x7', gooseneck works for me

2/10/2009 6:19:19 PM

step up

2/10/2009 6:17:44 PM

I have a slant load,step up stock trailer and have never had trouble loading a horse.

2/10/2009 6:14:14 PM

My slant load is on an 8 foot wheel base. plenty of room

2/10/2009 6:13:47 PM

Only have two horses so straight-load is fine. Friends with four use a slant-load as it is very con

2/10/2009 6:07:29 PM

BRENDERUP

2/10/2009 6:07:02 PM

easier for the horse to keep their balance while traveling

2/10/2009 6:03:25 PM

I like the slant load, but have a straight load. My horses don't mind it, but they have been in bot.

2/10/2009 6:03:21 PM

I use a straight-load ramp typ trailer without mangers for optimum head room and balance.

2/10/2009 5:56:42 PM

Stock trailers are the most versatile. Many poor loaders like the openess of a stock trailer.

2/10/2009 5:48:12 PM

I own a straight load gooseneck but the partition is eaasily removed to make a box stall

2/10/2009 5:46:08 PM

I love my slant but also had really liked the stock trailer I used to have

2/10/2009 5:44:45 PM

My 2,000 pound draft mares need a straight, tall and wide trailer.

2/10/2009 5:44:04 PM

It's just the type I'm used to.

2/10/2009 5:41:27 PM

Easier to turn a horse around in a slant than straight

2/10/2009 5:39:44 PM

Easy to use and any horse will go in.

2/10/2009 5:27:44 PM

Brenderup ; I love the easy ramp and wonderful head room .. it's light yet solid !!

2/10/2009 5:12:44 PM

Straigth-load, ramp, gooseneck.

2/10/2009 5:09:39 PM

Straight load walk through. My standardbred is way too big (long) for a slant load!

2/10/2009 5:05:49 PM

I have never had one horse that would not load into a stock trailer.

2/10/2009 5:05:20 PM

prefer slant first, stock secondly

2/10/2009 4:56:29 PM

No partition in the middle makes for easier loading.

2/10/2009 4:56:29 PM

Gives horses more room to stretch and cough if needed. Slant loads tend to be tight for larger horse

2/10/2009 4:55:43 PM

I also really like my stock trailer, but I don't like haul friends horses with mine.

2/10/2009 4:49:34 PM

I have a three-horse slant load and am very satisfied with it.

2/10/2009 4:48:24 PM

with a ramp

2/10/2009 4:47:11 PM

equispirit trailers are great

2/10/2009 4:44:54 PM

We have had all kinds and we feel they haul better in a slant load.

2/10/2009 4:36:18 PM

I love my Morgan bumper pull slant load. The horse area is a great area to camp in.

2/10/2009 4:32:24 PM

slant loads are not good for big horses!

2/10/2009 4:30:58 PM

Aluminum

2/10/2009 4:22:20 PM

horses naturaly like to ride that way

2/10/2009 4:20:53 PM

Mine has a side exit so that the 1st horse in can be taken off without affecting the 2nd horse in.

2/10/2009 4:16:17 PM

I like slant loads, but my mare likes stock trailers. She wins.

2/10/2009 4:09:35 PM

horses always end up in this position so it must be OK

2/10/2009 4:08:21 PM

In my 2-horse straight load with no divider, any horse stands diagonally for comfort.

2/10/2009 4:07:15 PM

We have a str. 2h that we mod to stock & load 3 slant.

2/10/2009 4:06:35 PM

2 horse bumper pull

2/10/2009 4:05:24 PM

Kingston, was new in '95, great trailer

2/10/2009 4:02:55 PM

and a ramp with barn doors

2/10/2009 4:02:43 PM

I can haul loose and let my horse decide

2/10/2009 3:57:32 PM

with partitions removed

2/10/2009 3:57:12 PM

No manger, I like the chest bar with a feed bag down at shoulder height.

2/10/2009 3:48:15 PM

with a ramp

2/10/2009 3:44:06 PM

Actually, would prefer large semi w/air ride (LOL)

2/10/2009 3:38:28 PM

None of the above. I have an

2/10/2009 3:35:24 PM

Seems safer/easier for the handler than a slant for loading and unloading.

2/10/2009 3:32:40 PM

More room in straight load; more balanced ride vs slant

2/10/2009 3:31:25 PM

I have a slant load but all of the dividers can be removed to convert it to stock

2/10/2009 3:31:25 PM

Would love a slant if they didn't squish my horses.

2/10/2009 3:25:23 PM

It is an ugly thing when a horse falls under the divider in a slant load.No thanks.

2/10/2009 3:24:49 PM

Intergrity w/ living quarters.AWESOME! but the removable saddle rack is worthless! Get a permanent.

2/10/2009 3:24:42 PM

Horses seem to be able to injure themselves on step ups and on ramps. I've done better with ramps.

2/10/2009 3:23:15 PM

I use a stock trailer w/box stalls - horses can choose and change their positions

2/10/2009 3:20:49 PM

Seams more stable for the horses.

2/10/2009 3:20:02 PM

I haul alone mostly, so I want to be able to get to both horses if need be w/out off loading.

2/10/2009 3:19:58 PM

how is a stock trainer not a straight load? my horse loads head first straight-ahead

2/10/2009 3:19:00 PM

Big horses don't fit well in slant loads, otherwise that would be my preference

2/10/2009 3:17:12 PM

My horses are smaller (14-14.2hh).

2/10/2009 3:15:24 PM

with a ramp

2/10/2009 3:11:15 PM

goose neck

2/10/2009 3:10:51 PM

I have read so often that horses are most comfortable hauled loose, facing backward.

2/10/2009 3:10:50 PM

goose neck is critical

2/10/2009 3:10:23 PM

Definitely a goose neck ! Slant if the panels pull back for a stock as well

2/10/2009 3:07:04 PM

Slant load stock trailer for lots of ventilation

2/10/2009 3:06:45 PM

Walk thru straightloads are roomier for the big guys and allows them to keep their sinuses cleared.

2/10/2009 3:04:28 PM

Most comfortable for the horses heads -not jammed into a window

2/10/2009 3:02:23 PM

larger horses have a lot more room in a straight load than a slant load

2/10/2009 3:00:33 PM

Definitely head-to-head. One person can load, and great for hanging out at the shows.

2/10/2009 2:55:42 PM

Actually any that my horse can travel in comfortably. My straight load is good and pd for!

2/10/2009 2:55:09 PM

Slant-load gooseneck~LOVE IT!

2/10/2009 2:54:26 PM

2-horse straight load is ALL I will ever own!

2/10/2009 2:51:49 PM

For horses over 16h, the extra lenght is needed

2/10/2009 2:51:43 PM

I really like box stalls best in a head to head.

2/10/2009 2:49:59 PM

I like my Brenderup, since I don't have a truck.

2/10/2009 2:48:52 PM

Everybody is in their spot and no moving around.

2/10/2009 2:47:37 PM

my choice is: extra high and wide, straight-load, ramp, big escape doors on both sides for me

2/10/2009 2:46:29 PM

Alum gooseneck

2/10/2009 2:45:53 PM

More roomy and easier loading. Doesn't give horse claustrophobia

2/10/2009 2:44:52 PM

Must have a ramp and an escape door.

2/10/2009 2:44:18 PM

no slants again w/o side ramp

2/10/2009 2:43:58 PM

slant load step up is my preferred choice

2/10/2009 2:40:13 PM

Slant load is harder to load difficult loaders into!

2/10/2009 2:38:55 PM

slant-load convertable stock trailer to be precise

2/10/2009 2:38:22 PM

My horses load the best in a step up slant load.

2/10/2009 2:37:50 PM

Horses should be allowed to choose which position they want to travel in.

2/10/2009 2:37:19 PM

I travel with donkeys who like to ride

2/10/2009 2:37:11 PM

gooseneck

2/10/2009 2:33:52 PM

Our horses much prefered the old step-up straight load to our new slant with a ramp!

2/10/2009 2:33:52 PM

I prefer stock, but have a straight load.

2/10/2009 2:33:12 PM

I prefer my Brenderup , my horses prefer a slant load

2/10/2009 2:30:33 PM

Must Have a Ramp

2/10/2009 2:27:12 PM

Head to head 4 h or straight load 2 h

2/10/2009 2:25:47 PM

I've never had a horse refuse to go into a stock trailer.

2/10/2009 2:20:17 PM

I just like the slant loads and think they are really nice.

2/10/2009 2:03:49 PM

The Miley trailer is amazing!

2/10/2009 1:06:34 PM

torn b/t straight & slant. had horses that rode better in each

2/10/2009 12:03:36 PM

i also prefer my straight load with out a ramp.

2/10/2009 10:19:18 AM