Horses’ positioning on the trailer
When travelling two horses on a double horse trailer (rear or forward-facing), it is essential that the heaviest (not necessarily tallest) horse is loaded on the right hand side of the partition, so that it travels behind the driver’s side. This will help to keep the trailer in balance as it corners.
Travelling two horses on a double horse trailer
Travelling one horse on a double horse trailerIf a single horse is being travelled in a double horse trailer with partition, it must be travelled on the right hand side of the partition (behind the driver). This will help to keep the trailer in balance as it corners.
If you have a single horse that prefers to travel on a double horse trailer but without the partition, it is essential that you have full-width breast and breeching bars fitted to give the horse support. Use two leadropes – attach one to either of the side rings on the headcollar and tie to either side of the trailer to help keep the horse central and, in turn, aid stability.
- Two or more horses must be separated by a partition when travelled together (unless a mare & foal).
- When transporting horses at night, the horse trailer must be fitted with a functional internal light.
- It is illegal and dangerous for a person to travel in a horse trailer.
- When travelling young, nervous or green horses, consider taking along more experienced companion to help relax the horse; a good experience the first time round will encourage loading and travelling in the future!
Horse trailer travelling configurations
Whilst the majority of horse trailers still travel horses facing forward, there are alternatives on the market. Research has suggested that travelling backwards is preferable. to take a look at the various options available and weigh up the pros and cons of each take a look at our travelling configurations page
Last updated: 01/06/2011