Well, I didn't mention it because I didn't want to jinx myself (not that I believe in jinxes, especially now), but I was planning to take Chrome to his first show (not to be ridden, just for experience being hand walked around show grounds) . . . and yeah I didn't get to . . . so typical!! I've been trying for almost three years to take him to the old barn (an hour away) that I worked at for four years so all of my friends could meet him and so far no such luck.
So I'm incredibly disappointed (had trailer malfunctions, but I went solo and Chrome enjoyed himself at home stuffing his face with grass and being lazy as usual lol . . . and tormenting poor donkey who totally deserves it lol) that I didn't get to take Chrome, but there is good news! We might be going trailer shopping, so I need your advice!
I need to know the pros and cons of straight load versus slant load versus stock trailers . . . I've actually only ever had one trailer in my whole life! It's an older style Thoroughbred trailer (7.5 feet tall) that's too small for Chrome. It was a straight load, but the center divider was removed long before I ever got it, so I've always hauled him loose in it. Now that he's outgrowing it he still tries to turn around and it scrapes up his nose and haunches. He's never been tied in a trailer, so which is safest for teaching them to tie (straight or slant)? I was leaning toward a stock trailer because he would have the space to move around which I think would make him so much more comfortable being on a trailer, but I've read they are really loud and don't have very good shocks. I'm not worried about it being too open and cold because I don't haul long distances in the winter (and it really doesn't get that cold around here). Dust could be a problem in such an open trailer. I'm not worried about his eyes because I can put a fly mask on him. Also with a stock trailer I've been told you can modify them to have two straight load stalls in the front and one box stall in the rear, but are they comfortable for the horse? Are there brands that have good shocks, are safe and not too loud?
I don't have any experience with straight or slant loads though so any information is very helpful! Thanks!!! I'll take pictures and post about our trailer shopping tomorrow. We're really only going to look. We can't buy anything right this minute. Again, thank you!