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My trailer is a threehorse slant-load. After reading “The Long Haul” (July 2017), I had a question. I frequently trailer only one horse at a time. Should I open up the entire trailer to be one large stall box for him on a 7-hour haul?
Great question! Yes, that’s exactly what we do when hauling long distances in a slant-load trailer. We even haul this way for colicky horses being transported to a surgical facility—they’re much more likely to stay on their feet in an open trailer. As an added advantage, it’s much easier and safer to get the horse up if he goes down while on the road. If your dividers can’t be removed completely, make sure they can be tied back securely. In some trailers, we pad the ends of the dividers where there might be sharp edges that could cause injuries. (A bath towel and some duct tape can do the trick). I also prefer a trailer with extra security for the back-door closure, such as a ramp that comes up over the two back doors or a solid butt bar.
Dr. Barb Crabbe, Contributing Editor