Some horses prefer one over the other. For me there are pros and cons to both. With straight loads, when horses face forward this is a middle-of-the-road traveling direction for them and they might travel better this way. With a straight load, should you ever have to slam on your brakes, your horse will pinch the brunt of that in their chest or other areas of the upper body depending on the design of the trailer. Where as with a slant load, the brunt of the stop is taken along the side of the body which is better. But you also run the risk of them losing their footing and their foot slip out from under them. Your imagination can finish the rest of that scenario.
Regardless of straight or slant load, nothing compares to the part of trailer and how it was built. Make sure that the floor under the mat is good working condition and that no boards are loose, warped, or rotten. Also make details of the side paddings, back and front paddings, and none of the metal is severely rusted. Nothing protuding that your horse can cut themselves on getting in or out of the trailer as well.
I would so catch a slant and definitely a two horse no way a one.. going on a trail by your self boring A little more money but so worth it..
I have a slant load two horse trailer and love it. You should get a two horse so whether you want to get another horse you can or go with someone else who have a horse, it is just a better investment I feel. Slant is easier to load.
Answers: Make sure you hold a vehicle that can pull the trailer. If you overload your pickup with a trailer that is too robust, you can have disastrous results!
If you are sure your truck is big enough for any, I would go for a 2 horse slant load. The newer slant loads have seriously more room than the traditional straight load. It is believed that horses travel better at a slant as well. Also, you will get a better tack/dressing nouns in front with a slant load. An additional bonus will be that you can move the slant load divider to the side to make it even larger inside for an extra big horse, a mare and foal, or even whether you need to move some furniture.
I one-sidedly have a Sundowner two horse straight load, which I LOVE. It is also 'warmblood' size, which although neither of our horses are, they are both bigger horses, and the warmblood size fits them comfortably with sufficient room on any side. As I have personally driven with this trailer I can accurately enunciate that it handles/pulls like a dream. A very, very nice trailer- I've never once regretted getting it.