What size trailer does my horse need?
With so many different horse trailers, styles, and travel configurations, sometimes trying to decide which trailer is right for you and your horse can be a mind-boggling decision to make.
Firstly, you need to consider how many horses/ponies you are going to be regularly transporting. If you only have one horse, and no plans to transport it with a companion, then a single horse trailer is very economical on space and fuel consumption. Clearly it is the lightest weight horse trailer making it easier to tow and maneuver.
A single trailer will also offer a wider stall width than that of a double trailer or two horse trailer, making it an ideal option for a larger horse or a mare with foal at foot. Having the extra space also works well for adding or removing travel boots within the trailer.
If you are looking to travel with two horses, then the options increase. The most popular configuration is forward facing however there is also an herringbone option, both with their own advantages. The forward facing horse trailers tend to have slightly longer fixed stall areas, however the Maxi trailers with the herringbone or diagonal configuration have telescopic partitions. Telescopic partitions give you the flexibility to easily alter the width and length of the stalls.
Another option to consider with a forward facing 2 horse trailer, is to remove the partitions and utilse a full breast bar. This will give the horse more room to choose their preferred travelling position. This is also a great solution for horses who are reluctant to enter the trailer and cause problems when loading or travelling as the horse will feel less claustrophobic. It also enables more room within the trailer for tacking up – which is particularly useful on a wet and windy day! This would only be recommended whilst transporting a single horse to avoid any injuries whilst travelling.
For much bigger horses, or to carry several horses, the herringbone trailers are more akin to a little lorry, without the expense of running another vehicle. Offering the previously mentioned telescopic partitions, they provide a larger degree of flexibility and space within the trailer as partitions can also be removed creating more space for less horses. You can read more on our previous blog Horsebox vs Horse Trailer : Which to choose?
Finally for transporting a horse and carriage, or any extra load, a purpose built trailer with a platform is much more economical than towing a horse trailer and a separate trailer to transport the carriage.
Choosing the right size and style of trailer for you and your horses is a personal decision and very dependent on your individual needs. Take your time and try to chose an option that gives you flexibility. We hope you have found this post helpful and do not hesitate to contact us for more details or to discuss your needs with an expert. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram.