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Choosing A Horse Trailer
If you decided that you need a way to get your horse to the vet or even to horse shows, you will be needing transportation. The best way to transport your horse is with a trailer. Designs and types vary widely because of different needs and pocketbooks. Also, it depends on the type of vehicle that will be pulling the trailer, such as an SUV or truck.
When choosing a horse trailer, it is best to consider your horse and what his or her habits are. There a different enterances on trailers. Some have ramps that make it easier for the horse to simply walk up in to the compartment. Those that don't have the ramp have to be stepped up in to, to get in the compartment. It is best to ask other friends who have trailered their horses, to see what they use, and test your own horse in different types of enterances to see which he is most comfortable with.
There are two types of "loads" that most consider. The "slant" load and the "straight" load. A "slant load" is used to hold more than one horse due to its sloped platforms on the sides. The "straight" load is only used for one horse on a flat platform.
The next consideratoin is whether you will need a gooseneck or a bumper pull type trailer. The main difference is the bumper pull is attached to a hitch on your bumper. Make sure that your bumper is rated to pull the weight your require for the number of horses you will be pulling. The gooseneck requires you use a pick-up truck as the hitch is mounted inside the bed. Goosenecks are typically easier to manover in tight spots as you have a wide turning radious that is not possible with the bumper style.
Besides these considerations, you must look at ventilation and safety. If you live in the lower states, the heat will be a consideration when hauling horses a long way. Make sure there is plenty of ventiliation so they can stay as cool as possible. Horses won't want to get in a transport again and again if they know they will be uncomfortable while traveling. The safety issues is in reguards to lighting. Horses generally don't like being in the dark so make sure the lighting is sufficient. The other safety issue is your braking system. If you are pulling a large trailer then you will need an added braking system to be installed on your vehicle to aid you in stopping a large amount of weight. They can install this braking system where you purchase your package.
Budget should probably go as the number one thing to consider before looking at horse trailers. Test the number of uses the transport will get against the amount you have to spend and how many horses are envolved.
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