What makes a good trailer??
What features of your trailer do you love, what turned out to be unneccissary wastes of money, and what do you wish you had?? Please give reasons for your answers, because its not going to help me decied what I want if I know a million people hate something but dont know why ;)
The wider the better. I like trailers with plenty of room for the horses.
I don't like the doors on slant load step-ups. They're too thin and that makes me nervous. The only ones I would ever consider buying are the ones that have wide doors for the horses and a smaller door for the rear tack compartment.
Ramps are priceless.
And I don't know if you've ever seen those stability bars that connect to the hitch, but they're great as well. I can't find a picture ATM though...
I can't really think of any features on trailers that I would find useless. Most trailer manufacturers out there keep things practical. Perhaps a roof rack on a bumper-pull might be a little redundant (just use the truck bed) but aside from that I'm struggling to think of much.
EDIT: I did think of something after all... I don't want to insult anyones trailer but some trailers have troughs in the front for the horses that are built into the trailer that protrude into the horses foot space.
Frankly, I hate them. They restrict the horse too much and they just plain get in the way. They are a waste of space, and for nervous horses, can be hazardous. I'd just stick to the hanging canvas mangers and chest bars.
We like the simple stock/combo trailers w/removable divider. Simple, easy to maintain, good ventilation, less claustrophobic, less expensive, and versatile. We use our to haul horses or hay or whatever.
Thanks guys sounds like pretty much everything I was thinking.
We've only had 2 trailers. Our first one was a 2 horse bumper pull WW trailer. Very basic, but a nice little beginner trailer. The back was just 2 doors that swung out and the top was open to the air. We do a lot of trail riding, so getting to location usually means dirt roads. I was driveing behind the trailer once and noticed the dust was getting sucked into the back of the trailer via the opening above the doors. It was like a vacuum cleaner bag inside the trailer with the horses. I never put them in there again on a dirt road. We sold it and bought an inclosed trailer. I guess thats what I like best about ours, I can close it up completely if we're going down a dusty road.
In my opinion a good trailer is one what is inviting to the horse. I prefer straight haul as it offers much more room for them. One that is open and has a lot of space, one that has a ramp with vents. One that is very accessible and safe. A trailer that has escape doors. One that will be able to accomodate various sizes of horses. I also look for lots of padding.
Also, one that will be stable on the road and not go from side to side when the wind picks up.
Roomy, easy for the horse to get in & out of, plenty of ventilation, etc.
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