Monday, October 27, 2014

Things to Think About When Buying a Used Horse Trailer

The Complete Guide to Buying a Used Horse Trailer

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The Complete Guide to Buying a Used Horse Trailer

When it comes to buying a horse trailer,, it is quite costly. Purchasing a used horse trailer which is in good condition is a good option for horse riders who are on a budget. Selecting a horse trailer can be frustrating because there are so many kinds; it is similar to choosing a car due to the various features and styles of horse trailers that are available. The number one priority when purchasing a horse trailer is the safety and welfare of the horse or horses, so that should be the biggest factor when buyers are looking for the perfect used horse trailer.

One way that horse trailers are categorized is by the way they are pulled. There are two types of pulls: bumper pulls and gooseneck pulls. A bumper pull trailer attaches behind a vehicle and fits to a hitch. A gooseneck pull actually attaches to the vehicle pulling it, becoming part of the vehicle. They are more costly than bumper pull trailers. It is good for long trips, though, since it provides more room. This is only one factor to consider when purchasing a horse trailer, among many, including budget, number of horses being transported, and type of loading ramp desired.

Types of Horse Trailers

Horse trailers are categorized many different ways, but a simple way to break it down is by the ramp styles. Most equestrians have a preference when it comes to unloading and loading the horse, and where the ramp is can be a big determining factor when purchasing a used horse trailer..

Back Ramp Horse Trailers

The back ramp horse trailer is largely the most common type of horse trailer. A back ramp trailer generally house two average-sized horses, and the trailer may offer a partition which divides the horses from each other. A slant loading trailer may offer more comfort for small horses than a standard forward facing horse trailer,, and the slant load design may make travelling easier and more comfortable on horses in general. However, steer clear of putting large horses in a slant load trailer because the length simply cannot accommodate them. Horses are more comfortable in forward facing trailers.

Most horse trailers which have back ramps are enclosed to protect horses from the elements, but there are some cheaper horse trailers that are called stock trailers, which have no protection and no partitions. They are also called box stall trailers, and are not recommended for travelling long distances.

Side Ramp Horse Trailers

On a side ramp horse trailer,, the horses are loaded and unloaded on the side of the trailer instead of the rear. This type of trailer sometimes offers an arrangement where the horses ride facing each other. A side ramp trailer usually accommodates anywhere from two to six horses comfortably, depending on the size of the trailer. Side ramp is a personal preference; some jockeys enjoy a side ramp and some do not.

Another option that is oftentimes more costly is a horse trailer with two ramps. This kind has a ramp that is in the rear or side and one that is near the front, so the horses do not have to exit the trailer backwards. This type of trailers is a good option for more than two horses.
Features to Look for When Buying a Horse Trailer
Buying a horse trailer can be confusing. However, there are a few ways to break down the process and figure out exactly what type of features and additions that users are looking for in order to purchase the best type of horse trailer for their money.

Pull Type

When purchasing a used horse trailer, there are some options to consider. One of the most important is the type of hitch, whether it is bumper pull or gooseneck pull. Something to consider when choosing a hitch style is that it takes more power to move a gooseneck trailer, so for consumers who do not have a large truck, a bumper pull is going to work better. Check the pull capacity of the vehicle that the trailer is to be attached to in order to make sure it can carry the weight of the trailer safely.

Check the car or truck's user manual for this information, and add in the weight of the horses, too, to make sure the weight of the trailer works for the vehicle being attached to it and does not exceed the overall weight limit.

Number of Horses

For buyers who only have one or two horses, a traditional, rear load horse trailer is the best option for the money. Some riders may think they need more room to make horses comfortable, but this is not true. A trailer should be the exact size needed for the number of horses being transported, and not any larger. This is for safety purposes of the horses.
For an easy way to figure out how big the trailer should be, consider the size of the largest horse that is to be transported and accommodate that horse, but do not allow for more horses at a time that the trailer is going to be used for; this may end up injuring the horses by putting them in a trailer which is too large.


Some horse trailers, such as stock trailers, provide a lot of ventilation, but not much protection. Get the best of both worlds with a trailer which provides windows to ventilate the horse in warm weather and enough protection to keep the horse warm when it is cold, by protecting it from inclement weather. A trailer with adjustable ventilation is a plus and is convenient. The horse enjoys sunshine and light too, so some windows are also a good idea.

Storage Space

For equestrians who travel a lot with a horse for shows and competitions, they may want to look into buying a trailer that has additional storage space on board for equipment and other items. Some deluxe horse trailers even have changing rooms on board for the jockeys. For jockeys who travel overnight with horses, extra room is a must for camping or storage of supplies which are needed on long journeys.


Travelling with horses can be sheer joy if they are being transported in the proper trailer. Take your horses to shows and contests easily without spending a lot of money on a brand new horse trailer that retails for a high cost. Instead, purchase a gently used horse trailer which has been taken care of and is in great condition on eBay. There are many great brands and types of horse trailers to choose from, as well as all the other equipment needed for enjoyable horse riding and travelling with horses.
The right horse trailer should accommodate horses comfortably, make sure they are transported safely, have the room they need to move around a bit, get some sunshine and a bit of air, and allow them to be loaded and unloaded easily and conveniently. Buying a horse trailer is a big decision, because it is a large piece of equipment which jockeys use over and over. Considering the options, weighing the factors involved, selecting the right features, and communicating with sellers ensures that buyers receive the horse trailer that is perfect for their horses and their individual needs, as well as the trailer that is right for the buyers' budget. Check eBay for all of the equestrian equipment needed to make horse riding even more enjoyable than it already is.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Three Great Toyotas for Sale!

Good Morning Bloggers!

Today, we want to highlight three great Toyota models we have for sale on our lot in Hyattstown, Maryland.

First up is a 2010 Toyota Matrix in the sundance metallic color, priced at $11,950. With only a little over sixty-five thousand miles on it, this striking car is a great deal!

Next is a silver metallic 2007 Toyota Highlander priced at $14, 975. This is an extremely versatile vehicle with high safety ratings. With barely over fifty thousand miles on it, you won't want to miss this one!

Last but not least is a 2005 silver Toyota Tacoma truck priced at $12,750.  Although this isn't a larger truck it still has tons of power and great gas mileage!

Be sure to come out and see these great vehicles today!! Visit us online at:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Winter Driving Safety Tips for Pulling a Horse Trailer

Good morning!

With winter approaching, we want to share an article with you, from USRider, on safety tips for hauling a horse trailer. It's also important that your trailer is up to date with inspections, etc. Do your brake lights work? Is everything working properly with your hitch? Are your tires in good shape? Do you have reflective lights? These are all important things to think about and be sure you have covered before winter arrives. If you are in need of a trailer inspection or tune-up, be sure to schedule your appointment today!

Because It’s Slippery Out There: Winter Driving Safety Tips for Pulling a Horse Trailer
By Amy Herdy

I am cat-like in my dislike of cold, wet weather. You know that scene from the Indiana Jones movie where that character moans, “SNAKES. Why’d it have to be SNAKES?” –Well, that’s me, except substituting the word “snow.”

But I realize that many of you are hardier folk than I, and not the type to let a little cold weather stop you from loading up your horse into your horse trailer and hitting the road for some winter riding.
riding a horse in winter. If that is indeed you, then please pay attention to these safety tips from USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for equestrians. If you’re going to be out on the road this winter with your horse, you need to be careful and invest some time doing routine preventive trailer maintenance to enhance your travel safety.

It is imperative to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving, USRider folks say. Be sure to maintain your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s service schedule. It’s also important to take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic.

“When it comes to vehicle maintenance, especially heavy-duty vehicles towing precious cargo, it is better to be proactive than reactive,” said Bill Riss, general manager of USRider. “If you have not already done so, establish a relationship with a trusted ASE ( mechanic. It is essential that you do this before your vehicle breaks down on the side of the highway while towing your horse trailer.”

USRider recommends that you check tire pressure before each trip. This is especially important with temperature changes. If you are traveling from a warm climate to a cold climate, air pressure in your tires will drop. On the other hand, when traveling from a cold climate into a warm climate, the air pressure will rise.

A weak battery will usually reveal itself during cold weather. If your battery is more than a couple of years old, be sure to check it prior to cold weather setting in. Otherwise, you will most likely be inconvenienced on some cold morning when the battery fails to start your vehicle.
When driving, a good rule of thumb to follow on the road is “rain, ice and snow – take it slow.”

Before setting out on a trip, take the time to check weather reports and plan accordingly. Be sure to allow extra time for inclement weather. Mother Nature doesn’t care that you need to be somewhere at a certain time.

Always drive with your headlights on during inclement weather – even if it is not dark. USRider recommends that horse owners drive with headlights on anytime when trailering horses, regardless of weather, because of increased visibility afforded by using headlights.

Also during inclement weather, be sure to increase distance between vehicles to allow more stopping time. USRider recommends that you double the normal distance between vehicles when towing a horse trailer.

“Stopping on snow or ice without skidding and/or jackknifing takes extra distance. Use brakes very gently to avoid skidding,” added Riss. “If you begin to skid or jackknife, ease up on the brake and steer into the skid to regain control.”

During winter months, traction tires are recommended. In order to qualify as a traction tire, tires must have at least an eighth of an inch of tread and be labeled Mud and Snow, M+S, All-Season, or have a Mountain/Snowflake symbol. Since tire performance can vary, a trusted area dealer may be able to advise you on the best tires for your vehicle.

Since it’s difficult to know what road conditions you may encounter during the winter, make it a practice to re-fuel when your vehicle fuel gauge drops below the halfway mark. In many states, you can dial 5-1-1 for travel conditions and road closures.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Three trailers for sale that you can't afford to miss!

Good afternoon everyone!

Today we want to showcase three trailers for sale, that we currently have on the lot. The first one is a
 2015 FEATHERLITE 3110 OPEN CAR TRAILER for only $6,450. This is a brand new trailer and we have six of them in stock!

Up next is a  used 2013 FEATHERLITE 3150 CAR TRAILER for only $19,500! This is a great trailer that is 53′ long x 8’6″ wide with triple 7K axles. It has a payload of 14,500 lbs.

And last but not least is a new 2015 BRAVO SCOUT UTILITY TRAILER for $5, 376.  This shiny new trailer is 14' long and has an inside height of 6'7". 

If you have any questions on these trailers, or want to come see them in person at our location in Hyattstown, Maryland, please contact us at: