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    07-24-2009, 10:29 PM
Trailer questions

I have never owned a trailer (or even driven one!) because I have always boarded at barns where it was easy to tag along with someone else going to the same show/clinic I was going to. However, I am not going to be able to live my entire horse-filled life avoiding owning my own trailer. And it is starting to look like I might need to do this soon (i'm talking like within 6 months or so, not right away) So, I have some questions.

First, how much should I expect to pay for a used 1 or 2 horse trailer? I only own 1 horse, but if the pricing isnt that much different, I'd prefer a 2 horse. And I would want a trailer in good condition, as there is a good chance I could be relocated and have to travel across the country with my horse.

Which brings me to my next question, when buying a used trailer, what are the most important things to look for? Aside from physical stuff like rust, I really do not know what makes a trailer good/reliable/safe.

And finally, how big of a truck do I need to haul a 1 or 2 horse trailer?

Thank you for any guidance, I am completely clueless when it comes to this part of horse ownership.
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    07-24-2009, 10:43 PM
Green Broke
Do a search on craigslist, etc for your area- the price varies a lot depending on where you are. Two horses here are running anywhere from $1200 (decent condition, not a lot of "extras") to several thousand (dressing rooms, excellent condition, etc).
I would go for a two horse over a one, personal preference and leaves room to grow, take along a friend, etc.
The floor is very important - if there is anything in the trailer when you look at it (ie loose hay, bedding materiel, etc) move it aside so you can see the flooring. Tires are important - sure, they can be replaced fairly easily, but that's an expense in addition to buying the trailer, why mess with that?
The type of hitch you want/can accomodate will be a consideration as well.
    07-25-2009, 08:34 AM
For a used trailed, look at the chassis (for rust), the floor, brakes, axles, and tires, and be very careful with anything over 10 years old....a lot of trailers tend to just sit out in the weather for long periods of time.
As a gauge for used prices, you can get a simple 2 horse stock/combo trailer new for less than $4000. Craigslist is good to look at as well as talking with farmers/ranchers...they constantly buy/sell/trade equipment and know good places.
You can pull a 2 horse trailer with any standard, full size pickup.
    07-26-2009, 12:37 PM
Green Broke
I got my used trailer on craigslist but it was in such a bad condition I think we got it for $400. But I havent looked for newsed trailers in good condition yet so rely on someone else for that :P.

Look at the tires, the hitch, rust, interior (split wood/floorboards/ rotten anything/ rusted roof/ new bars/broken windows/doors/ ramp/ etc.). Are you looking for one with a ramp or the other kind with sort of a swinging door? All questions you need to ask yourself.
I have a 2000 Dodge Ram, it pulls a 2 TB horse trailer with a 1100 pound QH and a 800-ish pound QH cross :p, and a 80 pound goat (teehee). We got our truck extra super cheap but it needed work (it seems like everything we buy needs work...) but it does the job .

Heres our trailer (or some of it..). Still needs to be repainted. Ill get more pics if you want :P.


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