How to Select a Horse Trailer

Horse in trailer

A horse trailer is a large, expensive purchase, and you’ll want to make sure you get it right the first time. If you want to make sure your horse will be able to ride in it safely and comfortably, you need to plan ahead and know what you’re looking for before you buy. We have a few tips to consider when looking for the best ride for your horse.

Size

What size trailer you get will depend heavily on your horse’s height, weight, and even breed, as some breeds’ temperaments mean that they require more or less space. Generally, though, a standard trailer size on the inside is about 10 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 7 feet high. This fits horses about 14-16.3 hands, and riders with horses of other sizes should plan accordingly. Remember that even if your horse does not fit in a standard trailer, many manufacturers can create custom trailers.

Style

Instead of just buying the first horse trailer for sale that you see, you should keep in mind that not all trailers are made in the same way. For instance, you might run across a manger-style trailer that leaves a person trapped at the end and realize that’s not for you. If you are new to these trailers, you might be better off looking for a walk-through style with a side door for you.

The loading style can also vary trailer to trailer. Trailers come in straight load, which gives good balance for long rides, or slant load, which allows your horse to see his surroundings and makes him feel less confined.

Ventilation

Different trailers also have different types of ventilation. You should look for a trailer with roof vents over each horse head and sliding windows to regulate the temperature. Also, if you have an aluminum roof, make sure it’s insulated to prevent it from heating up, or find a roof made of fiber composite or other materials.

New or Used

Many horse trailer dealers sell both used and new models. Like with any vehicle, used models are often cheaper, but you may rightly worry about the condition of the trailer. If you go this route, be sure to check the reputation of the company and give the trailer a thorough inspection.