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post #1 of 7 Old 03-06-2010, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer height

I have A question on the minimum height for a trailer. I have a gooseneck trailer that I know is more than enough trailer, but I recently aquired a little 10'x6'x6'inside height, and was wandering if we would be o.k. loading one horse for very small trips?
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-06-2010, 05:44 PM
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It all depends on the horse. I have a 16.1hh horse, and we had one like that, and he absolutely wouldn't get into the trailer. Noooo way. He was way too tall, so I think it depends on what size horse you have.. =]
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-06-2010, 05:49 PM
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It sound like a utility trailer by the size. What is the load rating? It probably is also a single axle? The floor may not be heavy enough if this isn't a horse trailer
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It all depends on the horse.
Exactly. Unless you own an older trainer, or a WB measured horse trailer, it's nearly impossible to get anything taller than 6=6'5 in height. My old horse trailer was 7'5 feet in height which was fabulous for trailering. Always fit the horses and gave it a very open and spacious trailer. Never had problems with loading.

Buying a trailer is pretty expensive, so make sure you consider the breed or general height of the horses you plan on owning in the future.
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It really depends on the horse. My family has an H&S stock trailer that originally had a 6 foot ceiling. We went with the stock trailer, since we can't afford to have a separate trailer for the horses and the cows. My sister's 14.3 hand QH flatly refused to load 9 out of 10 times (NOT a training issue), and my 14.2 mutt wouldn't get on without a ramp (we actually made a ramp for him, the trailer is a step-up). It got to the point that we were ready to try about anything, so dad chopped the roof off of the trailer, added square tubes to the ceiling supports to raise the roof up another 6 inches, and bolted the thing back together. Instantly loading horses! The trailer looks like it came that way, and it's sound as can be. I'll have to make peace with photobucket and find some before and after pics...

Anyway, moral of the story, it depends on the horse. My 14.2-ish guys wanted another 6 inches over the 6 feet to feel comfortable.

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Thank you.

Thanks to everyone who replied. The little trailer I aquired is a WW tandem axle 7000# rating stock trailer. I figured the horses would be shy to load and you all confirmed that. I guess I wil stick to the gooseneck for the horses and the other for the hogs and cattle. Thanks again.
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It really depends on the horse. My family has an H&S stock trailer that originally had a 6 foot ceiling. We went with the stock trailer, since we can't afford to have a separate trailer for the horses and the cows. My sister's 14.3 hand QH flatly refused to load 9 out of 10 times (NOT a training issue), and my 14.2 mutt wouldn't get on without a ramp (we actually made a ramp for him, the trailer is a step-up). It got to the point that we were ready to try about anything, so dad chopped the roof off of the trailer, added square tubes to the ceiling supports to raise the roof up another 6 inches, and bolted the thing back together. Instantly loading horses! The trailer looks like it came that way, and it's sound as can be. I'll have to make peace with photobucket and find some before and after pics...

Anyway, moral of the story, it depends on the horse. My 14.2-ish guys wanted another 6 inches over the 6 feet to feel comfortable.
Scoutrider, I would love to see some pictures of the trailer your talking about after your dad added height to it. I bought a stock trailer dirt cheap and was wanting to do the exact same thing but considered adding at least 6" maybe even up to 12" max. Just dont want it to look funny.
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