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question relates to safely hauling one horse! I have been advised to load him
on the left side of my stock trailer as opposed to the right side. Told it's safer
for the horse and better balance for trailer and truck. My trailer has no divider
down the middle, just a "rear" gate in the middle. He seems to haul just fine
on the right side but everyone tells me BIG mistake, haul on the left side when
hauling just one horse!! Help!!!
Thanks very much in
advance for your input!
Yes, indeed. When you haul one
horse in a trailer, it is best to put the horse on the left side of the trailer
so that the weight of the horse is up on the crown of the road. The crown is the
highest portion of the road at the center of the road. Many roads slope downward
from the crown toward the shoulder of the road so if you put a horse in the right
side of your trailer, his weight would tend to pull the trailer off the road toward
the shoulder. This may not be a big issue if you are hauling on an absolutely
flat interstate highway, for example, but if you were hauling on a narrow or mountainous
road, where there is often a ditch very close to the edge of the road, you would
see why this is an important rule to follow.
all about the selection of trailer and truck, training your horse to load, and
safe traveling in my book Trailering
Your Horse, A Photographic Guide to Safe Training and Traveling.
Also, see my 6-page Safe
Trailering Guide, which you can view online.