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RC: RE: slant load vs straight load

No all slant loads have a rear tack (most do, however).  The width and length of
slant load stalls depends entirely on the width of the trailer and the
manufacturer.  They come wide and narrow.  I have a 7 wide with mangers...thus
the horse does NOT have a breastbar, but DOES have a wall in front of his legs
to brace against if the need should arise.  It is also MUCH harder for a horse
to paw or strike and I have had NO horse even attempt to climb into the
manger...not even the greenies.  Since I have arabs and not warmbloods, my
trailer works great for my horses, but I daresay NO warmblood could fit in ANY
of the stalls!!!  An 8' wide would make a BIG difference.  I have seen slant
loads with stalls from 30" to 48"... just just have to look enough to see all
the different features and what will work best for your situation.


Joe and Sarah Konst wrote:

> Slant load vs straight load dilema...
> I've heard slant load trailers are safer in a rear end collision because the
> horses head is not in front of a wall.  Slant load trailers also offer extra
> storage space in the rear tack. Straight loads are easier to load, can have
> wider horse stalls, and have a chest bar they can lean against.  The
> straight load trailers I've looked at tend to be about 1' longer than the
> comparable slant load with a rear tack.
> Which is better? I'm not sure - I've been trying to figure that out
> myself...most people I've talked to seem to think a slant load is better,
> followed by A straight load without mangers. A straight load that has
> mangers is probably the least desirable.
> I'd be interested if anyone knows of any scientific studies done on this
> subject...
> Happy Trails - Sarah

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