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What to Look for in a Horse Trailer: Part 1 of 3

Are you in the market for a new or used horse trailer? If so, there are several different factors that you need to consider in order to select the trailer that is right for you. In this three-part series, we will explore those components further.


For most horses, a six-foot wide trailer will be large enough to comfortably fit two horses. If you have larger horses, however, you may need to purchase a wider trailer. You will also need to consider the height of your horse to ensure there is ample headroom.


A stock trailer will come with an open design that allows for plenty of ventilation in the heat, but an enclosed trailer will need to have an adequate ventilation system to prevent it from getting too hot inside. Look for windows and/or roof vents and make sure they can all be opened, closed and left partially open when necessary.


If purchasing a used trailer, you will need to pay particular attention to the floor to ensure it is still in good shape. Walk and bounce on the floor to check for soft, spongy spots and to make sure there are no holes.  If the trailer has an open design, make sure it has Plexiglas windows or check to ensure they can be added.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3