Note: Thanks to Irv L. in Pennsylvania for the inspiration to write about this subject. I have used several of his thoughts freely in this post.

Ramps into horse trailers have been a great addition to facilitate ease of loading for horses as well as all the other things that we put into trailers when there aren’t horses in it (Come on, how many of us haven’t put the lawnmower or the ATV in there to go to the dealership? And I have used my trailers for moving friends on numerous occasions).

Many horses prefer a ramp instead of having to step up and down going into and out of a trailer.

Photo: Anne E. Eberhardt

Many horses prefer a ramp instead of having to step up and down going into and out of a trailer. However, just like everything else on the trailer, they require occasional maintenance and if you are looking at a used trailer for purchase you might want to know a little more about them for safe use.

Ramp Anatomy

Trailer ramps are normally on the rear of a noncommercial trailer and may be external to the back doors or the back door on some trailers. There are other larger trailers that have ramps on the side of the trailer so that horses can be loaded and unloaded in many configurations and walked through the