Well, I took possession of my horse trailer. This is my first experience with trailers to horse ratios, so please help me with my decision to keep this trailer or not. Sam has always been transported in oversized haulers with full doors. When I saw him in the trailer, my heart sank because I worried it was too small. But, I've been Googling my head off and looking at images and mathmatically it should work. Most straight load two horses don't have oodles of room behind the horse.
Before you read all of this: keep in mind that right now my goals for a trailer are to get to vet appointments if necessary and to go trail riding at my favorite campground, which is 41 miles barn to campground via divided highway.
My tow vehicle will have no problems pulling the trailer and horse based on weight.
The trailer empty towed exceptionally. It didn't walk or shift ever.
Here are the specs for the two.
Blanket Size 72 in.
Single Horse Trailer:
Height: 7'4" throughout
Width: 3'6" equally thoughout
Length: This is where it gets tricky. The trailer has a front outside tack storage that is about 4' high. Along the cargo area, from the inside manger wall to the rear is a solid 7'. The manger is just over 3'. The horse's head goes into this area and there is a tie down at the very front of the trailer nose.
So, the floor length is 7' but the total horse cargo area (above 4 ft is 10'.)
One trailer website stated (for a two horse trailer) that an inside width of 6' with a height of 7' and a total stall length of 10' will fit a horse from about 14 hands up to about 16 hands.
Since this is a 1 horse trailer, 3'6" is more than the cargo area for a single horse in a 2 horse trailer. It should work correct?
During our practice load, he loaded fine. Very little encouragement from me to pop in. I had to coax him ALL the way forward, but he usually is in a 3 horse slant or 9 horse stock trailer. The fact that he was hesitant at first is not a surprise.
I pushed him in and attached the butt bar. I threw hay in the manger and watched him. He shifted his weight (which is typical, he is a weight shifter) but never acted like he would go nutso. When he shifted his weight, the trailer did rock slightly, but I have had other people say that is normal.
It took some coaxing to back him out, but again, this is new. I ended up having a person guide him at the back and we snaked the lead rope through a side window to guide him straight back. He made 3 false starts, check 4 times, and then walked back gingerly and popped himself out. The entire backing out process took less than 15 minutes and was mostly spent with us talking about the how.
I am attaching photos.
The other people at the barn that day said it was too small. But, the measurement math works and the original owner said I was being hysterical (his horse was the same size and fit) and refused to take it back. Nice, right?
The day my husband picked the trailer up he immediately bought 3 brand new tires. We have an appointment this week to get the bearings repacked and replace the electrical. During this, the mechanic will check the floor and axle joints for any potential failure points.
So, look at the photos and chime in. I don't know enough to know what is acceptable fit and what is unacceptable.
In this photo, you can see where the butt bar is between Sam and the door. There are two lead lines. The one that shoots off to the right goes out the small door and is loose. I have the trailer tie down attached to his halter.
This is a straight on photo of Sam in the trailer. There is plenty of room on either side. Does his rear end stand too high above the door? Should the butt bar be higher? If I had a professional move the butt bar attachment points higher would it be better?
Another from the rear. You can see he has room to shift and move his head back and forth. I will probably want to bag his tail to keep it from flopping around during transport. The walls right now are single plywood. I want to replace the plywood and I am considering maybe adding bumper rails. (Floor is solid)
This is the trailer so you can see the cone. The front tack area is on the other side. From the cone seam to the point of the cone is the depth of the manger.
So, do I cancel the appointment to have the rest of the work done on the trailer or for my purposes is this trailer worth keeping for the time being to give me mobility to the trails?