Time for a New Horse Trailer? See What Our Readers Had to Say

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Will you purchase a new horse trailer in the next year?"

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Results were as follows: 
  • No: 70.60% (771)
  • Unsure: 13.10% (143)
  • Yes, within 12 months: 10.81% (118)
  • Yes, within 6 months: 5.49% (60)

Readers shared what they options or designs they would look for in a new horse trailer in the comments below.

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  • safety ratings
  • stock style, wooden floor, bumper pull
  • two horse slant-bumperpull tack area w/dressing area
  • SAFETY
  • 4 horse gooseneck small living space
  • with the economy who can afford to go anywhere anyway?
  • safety
  • ramp I can manage w/o help
  • safe and affordable
  • safety
  • The economy is too bad.
  • already have 2 - 2h bp, 3h gn, liv qtrs
  • Horse comfort and room for all my driving equipment. Bought one 6/08
  • tackroom
  • Openess and wideness
  • Flooring, durability and lightweight
  • It must be a slant load, with tack and dressing room in the nose of the trailer. Hydraulic jacks.
  • 4 horse, slide out LQ, mid tack, escape door, 8ft wide 7.5 tall, 6.0 refrig/freezer
  • can tow with my van, easy to handle single-handedly and safe.
  • just did!!!
  • 3 horse slant front tack and dressing also escape door would like aluminum made bumper pull
  • warmblood size with ramp and bumper gooseneck
  • slant load and ramp
  • stud wall
  • 4 horse maybe bumper pull
  • Size: big enough for large warmbloods; safety features; price; must by straight load gooseneck
  • safety
  • Taller than 7 feet
  • 3H Alum GN
  • able to hold 2 hourses...not overly expensive
  • safety!!
  • at least a two horse
  • bills
  • Already own two, both in good condition.
  • safety
  • living quarters
  • Just bought a new 2horse bumper pull in April 2007
  • safety
  • 4 horse, slant load, bumper pull
  • living area
  • Safety, no manger, walk-through escape path
  • We just bought a new trailer.
  • Just purchased an '07 Featherlite to share with our neighbors after some crash related repairs
  • straight load
  • quite happy with my 10 year old trailer - looks like brand new anyway
  • My 15 year old Kingston is like brand new!
  • Lightweight,something I can haul with my jeep
  • small and cheap for mini horse
  • living quarters(good quality trailer),large refrig.,mangers for storage,wall thru door to horses
  • escape door,good ventilation,LQ with bathroom!
  • 4 horse head to head that breaks down into 3 box stalls
  • Heighth and Width, I want this one to be roomy enough!
  • 4h h to h
  • light weight
  • If I come across a good price on a gooseneck
  • safety for horse and human and user friendly
  • I LOVE my Kingston, and am keeping it as long as possible (16 yrs and counting!)
  • Safety, Space, Etc.
  • rear and side load, poured rubber floor, excellent manufacturing materials;done lots of research
  • large tack area, adequate ventilation for horse area
  • SAFETY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • lightweight,easy to tow
  • slant load, tack room
  • Purchased new last year-Cimarron 3H w/LQ. Love it!
  • I just bought one - a Brenderup
  • would love to, but mine is just fine now:)
  • enough room for large horse, good ventilation, and a big enough tack room for all the stuff I have t
  • safety size
  • size (needs to be large enough for my drafts) and safety
  • Too broke because of gas prices!
  • Just purchased a new Cimarron
  • depends on the economy
  • Ha! I just bought a horse trailer in Feburary of this year.
  • Want to purchase used trailer
  • slant load,ramp,tall & wide enough for large horses, padding & mats,lights inside & out
  • Heigth Saftey Weight affordability
  • large. 3 horse
  • must be a kieffer, bunk beds in living quarters, mangers in horse, extra storage,
  • living quarters, weight, affordability
  • kitchen, swing out tack box and feed conpartments
  • Shopping for one right now!
  • Price, 3 horse slant gooseneck
  • 5th wheel, cheap, living qtrs
  • not a new one but I would like a good quality older one
  • I have a new Feather Lite
  • economic
  • extra tall, wide, tagalong,drop down loading ramp, roof vent, windows, electric brakes, spare tire,
  • Tall enough for thoroughbred
  • current trailer is onlu 5 years old and should last another 20
  • ramp
  • Still making payments on the one I have now!!!
  • structural integrity, straight load, economical
  • room for horse
  • i own a perfectly good, very nice, trailer, purchased new in 2002.
  • have one, with cost of hay and fuel cannot afford a better one, will have to make do
  • brenderup
  • front offload
  • Ease in pulling without a special vehicle.
  • total weight, roominess for horse, ease of loading
  • at least Ireally hope to!
  • I have recently purchased a vehicle specifically capable of pulling a trailor. So I am hoping to bel
  • realistic prices for lq gn trailers
  • used 3-horse gn. fridge,heat,screen door
  • My current trailer (Hawk) is in great shape and is PAID for.
  • I have a 2-horse slant gooseneck; want a gn stock next time.
  • A better question might be, will you give to relief efforts in TX?
  • Quality, light weight, good ride, cost
  • the overhead height and padding in a trailer
  • the 2003 3 horse is new enough for me
  • would like a new one but who knows...
  • space for horses,safety features,loading height,construction/durability,manufacturer
  • Stock type for the box stall
  • Our five year old trailer does the job fine!
  • Sealed tack room and drop down windows. '94 Trails west, well used, still good.
  • Two horse straight load walk out with ramp on the side. Also w/dressing room
  • 3 critical areas vibration, ventilation & tow/ride stability.
  • Not purchasing within this year, but would want roomy, airy and sturdy trailer with tack space.
  • mine is only 5 years old
  • combo stock
  • I bought a new Featherlite combo trailer a couple of years ago and I love it!!
  • already purchased one within the last six months
  • Need sufficient ht & depth for my warmblood. Sm dressing room and a SAFE trailer would fit the bill.
  • Already bought one in 07
  • Can't afford to
  • Price, value on trade in
  • side load, vents, windows, and anything that will protect from the heat
  • I hope so
  • Ability to haul reversed, removable divider, lightweight but safe.
  • Can't afford anything new at this time.
  • stable ride for horses
  • already have a trailer, so i don't need another right now..
  • Head to Head
  • LQ w/ full sized fridg and roomy cabin with lots of storage and be 3 horse.
  • comfort
  • quality and saftey
  • SAFETY 1ST..OURS IS GOOD
  • I bought one last year, and it's a keeper
  • Who can afford anything new when the old still is safe?
  • tack room, drop down windows
  • I am shopping for used trailer as I cannot afford a new one.
  • just bought one this year
  • Height, well built, front dressing room
  • tall, wide just need a roomier one.
  • My trainer transports my horses
  • Safety, ventilation, ease of use
  • Lots of room for my horses and a tack room!!
  • safety for horse n owner
  • just bought one in March
  • I did in Feb. 2008
  • ventilation, stepup, straightload, fiberglass roof
  • aluminum, ramp, drop down feed hatches
  • My 3 horse Featherlite is 10yrs old and terrific shape
  • Bought a fantastic 4Star custom 2-horse w/small LQ last year and LOVE it!
  • Wish I could afford a new straight-haul w/sleeping quarters!! Not with gas$$. ;o(
  • it holds a horse lol
  • I purchased one almost 3 years ago and its still in great shape Double D
  • would like to, but can`t afford a new one
  • We bought a Sundowner 6 horses head-to-head 3 years ago - awesome!
  • ease in use for me and horses
  • Horse safety, durability, ease of use.
  • I don’t trailer often, maybe 2x a year. It’s there mostly for vet visits and emergencies .
  • mines still new enough!
  • it will be used, not new. good room for warmbloods. Ability to re-configure for mare/foal,
  • 5 horse, seperate tack room, goose neck,
  • Good ventilation.Quality construction.Light colored interior.
  • air suspension/hvac in horse compartment, waterers, towability, weekend living quarters
  • bought new one dec 22nd of 07
  • Bought a 53 ft one this year. Will be a while before we replace this one
  • need a cow trailer first
  • 4-horse slant
  • Living quarter, shower and toilet!
  • With the economy heading down i can't justify additional equip
  • Extra-tall for my Clydes, non-skid floor, gooseneck, trade-in acceptance & no hassle financing!
  • aluminum,roomy,swing out saddle rack, v nose,light weight
  • I just bought a trailer two months ago
  • CAn't afford to.
  • Thinking about it.
  • One week ago today we bought a Logan Coach, Edge Warmblood Edition for our drafts (straight load).
  • height width weight price
  • gooseneck, slant ride, 3- or 4-horse
  • size, cost, condition
  • No, bought a new one last year
  • Just bought one! YEA
  • living quarters, tak space, roomy for horses, aluminum
  • We bought one in2007
  • Overall quality
  • Due to ecomomics purchased a used horse trailer from a friend.
  • just purchased; used aluminum 4-horse slant, but haul loose without dividers when possible
  • If I do buy a trailer, it will have to be second hand since I will never be able toafford a new one.
  • no, unless I win a million bucks and have money to burn. :))
  • sleeping area and room to relax
  • economy too unstable for that kind of purchase. Have to use old one a while longer.
  • safety
  • Bumper pull, step up, slant load, dressing room
  • have 2 already
  • all the safety features.
  • JUST BOUGHT NEW ONE IN AUGUST!
  • Just purchased one last May. Safety and comfort for my horse. Purchased a Trail-et straightload.
  • living quarters
  • weight
  • aluminum, height and width
  • Planning on buying a second hand one - new trailers are too expensive
  • 4 horse aluminum gooseneck large stalls ramp load full width opening in back escape doors no mangers
  • Height, width, straight load, dressing room
  • Just bought one last fall
  • Because we really like the one we have. Not to large, but user friendly. we have a 3 horse, week end
  • 2 or 3 horse bumper pull, really want a big tack/changing room!
  • Durable padding of dividers in horse area.
  • ease of loading, airy, large stall area, stable towing
  • front unload, lightweight
  • I just bought one!!!
  • Room for all three of my girls!
  • Who needs a new trailer when you can't afford gas to pull it!!
  • lightweight
  • THen I'd have to buy another truck that gets no gas mileage
  • just bought one this year in the spring
  • Brenderup horse trailer so that I can pull it with my car to save gas. It is also comfortable for th
  • Safety, Air Flow
  • 8 foot wide living quarters, 3-horse, Sundowner
  • doing good to feed my horses with feed prices the way they are.
  • no. bought my brand new Custom-Fab in 2004 best trailer I've ever had!
  • Have Hawk trailer. Last one I will ever need!
  • affordability, ramp, drop down windows extra wide and high
  • Got a Kingston in '95, still like new, used 50x/year.
  • 4 horse AL / GN with weekend package
  • light weight , white, tall, durability .. Brenderup ! hopefully
  • may be downsizing!
  • have a 3 horse slant w/ living quarters and a 2 horse. don't need any more!I want a slant load!
  • I have a forever trailer now
  • lightweight, safe, roomy - Brenderup would be best for me
  • Will ReDo & Make do with what I have now.
  • top of my wish list to go from two to four/sleeping
  • As soon as I sell my old one
  • I'm keeping my paid for older trailer till it falls apart. That's not anytime soon.
  • safety of horses, large enough stalls both in width and height, living quarters with kitchen & bath
  • Purchased one this past year
  • The ability to pay for it and maintain it.
  • at least 4 horse, with room for a Shire. Probably LQ
  • We want the trailer to be BIG enough - we have Shires.
  • Have a great 2horse x-tall,x-wide 1982 Jackson
  • height, width & safety factors
  • would love too but the cost has increased too much
  • safety is primary
  • living quarters
  • Probably not a brand new one
  • If I purchase anything that major, we are all moving in to it, people AND horses!
  • Tall (I have big Thoroughbreds). Safe. Good ventilation.
  • Just bought one a year ago; Trailet New Yorker Eventor; absolutely the best for Warmbloods/Drafts!
  • I bought my trailer new only 2 years ago & it still fulfills my needs
  • No, I'm planning to sell one.
  • Say goodbye to my old 1977 2 horseBP!
  • bogg spasm
  • traded in my 9 year old for a new one last year
  • Features such as space, quality of interior and safety all come to mind when trailer shopping.
  • brakes, floor, ventilation
  • 7'6" tall, slant load, LIGHT weight, ventilation
  • Roomy, big, and safe.
  • Not sure if I want a two or three horse. If a three horse, I need a goose neck
  • just purchased one in the last month
  • don't have the money
  • Just bought one 3 years ago!
  • living quarters
  • Size, safety, living qtrs
  • Price (inexpensive), safety, can my truck pull it and will my horse get on it.
  • bought one last year......still paying for it though Hahaha
  • that the wheels go round, floor is sturdy, tailgate stays up, door stays closed & all lights work

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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