Horse Trailer Safety and Value

At home, on the road, and at your destination, a horse trailer must safeguard the horse. And as long as you own it–which could total the lifetimes of several horses and towing vehicles–a safe trailer proves the worth of your investment.
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Horse Trailer Safety and Value
Whatever trailer you choose, look for safety first, then value. The well-being of your equine passenger comes first, as the vehicle should protect the animal during transport. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse
At home, on the road, and at your destination, a horse trailer must safeguard the horse. And as long as you own it–which could total the lifetimes of several horses and towing vehicles–a safe trailer proves the worth of your investment.

A trailer is a container on wheels; a box that tends to incite equine argument. You expect your horse to enter the box, stand in the stall during transport, and exit on command.

Horses often resist such confinement. The trailer imposes constraints that conflict with his natural instincts. The horse is a large, powerful animal which naturally suspects any restriction. He may “pitch a fit” and jump, kick, turn around, or fall down in the trailer.

To calm the horse’s fears, the trailer must provide adequate width and height. For entry and exit, wide doors and a high ceiling make the horse more likely to load and unload quietly. In transit, the stall is large enough for him to shift his weight, but it limits his movement within walls or dividers

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Award-winning writer Charlene Strickland lives in Bosque Farms, N.M. She has published 8 books and over 600 magazine articles, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists.

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