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    02-05-2014, 07:38 PM
Trailer Height & Head Room

How tall should a trailer be on the inside for a small horse or large pony?

Our horses are 14.2hh and 13hh (approximately), but I'm not sure the taller one has enough head clearance in our trailer.

I'm in the planning stages of upgrading to a 3 horse gooseneck (current is a 2 horse bumper pull), and I want to make sure I get the right height when the time comes.
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    02-05-2014, 07:49 PM
Our trailers are 6'6" and it's plenty, we have have some taller horses 15+H.

One thing I have noticed, if you back your horses out of the trailer they have the tendency to raise their head to help them look and place their feet to step down. I have seen horses hit their head doing so causing some anxiety to step down off the back and even their head higher. If you back out you might want to consider a taller trailer.

I turn mine around and let them walk out(not jump) and they will put their head down to look where to step out so I don't have an issue with them hitting their heads.

Not saying that unloading one way or the other better, mine can unload both ways, but it might be something to consider for trailer height depending on what you do.

Happy trailer shopping :)
    02-05-2014, 09:41 PM
I think it more common to find a trailer 7' or higher in height, and honestly it is more resale-able than a 6'6" trailer if the need arose.
The lower height is fine for small horses only, that limits you that you could have safety issues if you tried to haul bigger or bought bigger to fit comfortably.
Also be concerned with trailer width as I have found the narrower trailer and shorter in height may go together... a stout horse may be squished or not fit in to narrow a trailer.
I think of 6'6" high as a pony trailer, also narrower and shorter in stall length and width...make sure it is indeed long enough to comfortably fit your larger horses body.

Just make sure you have enough head-room that the ears don't touch as they get in or out nor if they were to toss their head inside the trailer...

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    02-06-2014, 02:31 PM
My first 16.2 Percheron mare could ride comfortably in a 6'6' trailer. 6'6" is fine for most light horses. The only reason to think more head space is when that pony is upgraded, what's going to replace it? Cheaper to buy once.
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    02-06-2014, 05:08 PM
Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
My first 16.2 Percheron mare could ride comfortably in a 6'6' trailer.

Seriously...your mare fit without touching her ears as she got in or out?
Why then do so many squawk that they need 7'6" height....your Percheron is no tiny animal... {I know you aren't kidding in your comment!!}

My trailers are 7' clearance. I have my semi-stock as a step-up...2-horse is a ramp.
To purchase a lower ceiling height was "extra" and "special order" and then I found some got narrower and shorter in "stall" length.

My son is not quite 6'2" barefoot so I also don't want his noggin that close just in case he gets jerked off his feet and goes up before he goes down
    02-06-2014, 05:16 PM
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6'6" will work fine for your ponies; if it was me, 15 hands would be tallest horse that would go in a trailer that height. Good comments by horselovinguy on width and height. Many years ago, 6'6" was considered special order when most trailers were 6'3" -- now the new norm is 7'0" and 'specials' are over and above that height.
    02-07-2014, 12:25 PM
Go or a 7'. You won't be sorry.
    02-07-2014, 02:13 PM
Originally Posted by horselovinguy    
Seriously...your mare fit without touching her ears as she got in or out?
Why then do so many squawk that they need 7'6" height....your Percheron is no tiny animal.
My current trailer is 7'3" and my 18H percherons fit fine. I have found width and length of stall to be even more important.
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    02-08-2014, 01:05 AM
Seems like 7ft is going to be the magic number. Thanks everyone :)
    02-08-2014, 03:04 PM
6'6" and my boyfriend wouldn't even be able to load the horses xD Teehee <3

The extra room may not be a bad idea if you're planning to "upgrade" at some point. (:

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