Horse Trailer Shopping

Who ever would have thought that purchasing a horse trailer would cause so much confusion and excitement in my life?

The choices for horse trailers are limited only by one’s budget and imagination. For me, it’s the budget. My needs are simple, a two-horse bumper pull that Kobi will actually walk in without a fight, and one that will fit Sugar’s large butt. Lastly, it needs to be safe. If I’m putting my horses in it, it MUST be safe for them

I decided I would really prefer a ramp as opposed to making them step up into the trailer and it needed to appear bright and open so that a certain mustang wouldn’t have too many issues. As long as the trailer was well-kept, year and make didn’t matter much to me either.

Wow, the choices are staggering and that’s just on Craigslist.

After making a trip to Central Florida to visit my mom, I had planned to stop by and look at a trailer in Ocala. On the way to look at the trailer with my friend Toni, we talked me out of a two-horse trailer. If life goes the way I plan (and we know how likely that is), I’ll be getting Karoline a pony. If and when that happens, a two-horse trailer would be too small, I would need a three-horse. Talking to Les and Toni, they suggested going ahead and getting a four horse trailer as again, we don’t know what life will be throwing our way. Because once I go through the hassle of buying a trailer I don’t want to do it again for a very long time.

After getting home without looking at the two-horse trailer, I talked to my friend, and trainer, Carol. She suggested a four horse stock trailer to fit my needs. They are bright and open (for a certain mustang) and typically much cheaper than the models I was already looking at. They also tended to be simpler and better built.

I went and looked at my first stock trailer and really liked some of the features – it’s really open and a horse can be turned around on the trailer (or at least the first one or two horses), there was a door that close half way across, so it would separate the front from the back, and there were a couple of escape options for the human. There were only two things I wasn’t happy with: it was steel and therefore was rusted in a couple of places and it was a step –up. This led me to believe that I need to look for either a stainless steel trailer or an aluminum one, and I still really want one with a ramp.

Ugh! Let the search begin!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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