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Your Guide To Buying The Best Horse Trailers

Feb 14, 2008
If you're thinking about transporting your horse, the best way to do it is with horse trailers. Types and designs vary widely due to varying situations and there are lots to choose from. Before getting a horse trailer, there are many important decisions to make.

The main purpose of the horse trailer is to move horses from one place to the next in the most convenient way. Horse trailers do differ in size, design and function. SUVs and other large vehicles are often used to pull these trailers.

Now when choosing your horse trailer, decide on what type of trailer entrance you may need. A trailer entrance is basically like a ramp and it varies too. Horses may either be comfortable or uncomfortable in using a particular type of trailer entrance. So it's probably a good idea to conduct a trial with trailer entrances. It might also be a good idea to ask for tips from others you know that own horse trailers.

Secondly, think about how your horse will be positioned in the trailer. The two types of loads you need to know about are slant and straight load. A slant load is often used to keep more horses since it has two slightly sloped platforms as part of its design. Conversely, a straight load is often used to keep one horse, since its platform is leveled.

Third, think about whether you're going to need a bumper pull or gooseneck. The only main thing that separates a bumper pull and gooseneck is that a gooseneck gives more room. For example, it can leave room for living quarters or a dressing room. Your decision should be based on what you really need, because the cost can also depend highly on the design.

Now that you know the basics of horse trailers, consider what your horse needs. Consider how much room there's going to be in the trailer. You can measure the largest horse among all the horses you plan to transport and use that measurement when you visit sales sites. When you're in one of these sites, use a measuring tape to see how much room a trailer has.

Next, considering lighting. Check if there's enough lighting in a trailer, since horses are easily spooked by th dark. How much light you're going to need will depend on how you think your horse handles the dark. So if you know your horse well, that's an advantage.

More importantly, horse trailers need good ventilation. If your trailer doesn't have that, your horse may never feel comfortable getting inside it. Bad ventilation can trap a lot of heat and odor inside.

Now the last and equally important step is to check the overall safety of the trailer. Moving parts should be strong and the lights and brakes functioning well. Remember to take a look at the flooring and braces.

Now consider your needs. Before purchasing a trailer, consider your budget, how many times you're going to use the trailer, and the trailer's load capacity. You can simply ask sellers what type of trailer you might need, but it's better to discuss more in detail. Remember to also consider your tow vehicle, as a trailer may require you to have a larger one. Horse trailers can range from $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the type of horse trailer you need.
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