If you work with Risa you'll be happy with whatever you end up with. She's FABULOUS!! The Balanced Ride is unique because it can be a rear facing straight load. Reverse slants are more common than reverse straights and other brands make those (I looked at a Turnbow that was a reverse slant). In a 4H head to head the front stalls are rear facing so it's not uncommon for a horse to ride like that. Risa has just configured it so a 2H trailer can be reverse.
The few people I spoke with that had them absolutely loved them. We ended up ordering a 2 horse GN straight load Hawk from Risa as I worried that since this was the first trailer I've ever hauled, the Balanced Ride would be too big. I love my trailer, but wish I had gone with the Balanced Ride.
I have a balanced ride from rosa and love the trailer. She was great to work with. I have a bumper pull (vehicle I had when purchased could not pull a GN), 2 horse straight with side load but totally customized it. Went with the larger stall length, horses could be forward or backwards, and made the aisle to the side load 3' bigger so its nearly a 2+1 but can't put a horse up front, only a pony. Also I can set it up to be a large box stall or two medium box stalls. Put in extra windows, fans, extra roof vents, did the full rear doors with ramp behind, dressing room with door to horse area.....LOVE IT.
Rides great and never had a horse with an issue on it, in any set up. Great for the oldies and the babies.
You can pm me if you have any questions.
I ordered one of these 9 years ago, and I still love it. I wanted a rear facing trailer for my mare who is a nervous hauler, so I worked back-and-forth with Risa and we came up with a 2 horse straight load, with a side ramp on each side. There are some little things I'd change to make loading easier when you already have one horse loaded, but overall, I'm very happy with it. The only other nit I have with mine is it is not as smooth to tow as other trailers I have used (it is heavy and stiff feeling). I don't know if that is because of the axle placement/weight distribution, or something else.
I'm glad to see others are happy with theirs, too. I remember her saying that they were going to start making more after I got mine, and I'm glad to see that happened!
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