How big is a 2 horse trailer?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: How big is a 2 horse trailer? We will discuss the average horse trailer dimensions and weight they can hold. We will also help you decide which is the right horse trailer size for you. 

How big is a 2 horse trailer?

A standard 2 horse trailer is 6’ width, 7’ tall and has a stall length of 10’. Of course, depending on the horse trailer brand and model, it can vary in size and the weight is capable of holding. 

In the table below you can see the dimensions of the most popular (and the best) 2 horse trailers currently on the market. 

Horse trailer modelThe weight that it supportsTrailer dimensions
Brenderup Baron SL2150 lbs6´ width,  9´2” tall, 13´10” long
Charmac Trailers2360 lbs7’75’’ width, 7’ tall, 17′ 8″ long
Logan Coach 2 Horse Bullseye2800 lbs6´9’’ width,  7’ tall, 13´2” long
Maverick Highside2900 lbs6´6’’ width,  7’ tall, 13´long
2019 Maverick Highside 10580 lbs6´6’’ width,  7’ tall, 13´long
Logan Coach Select 810 10580 lbs6´9’’ width,  7’ tall, 14´5” long

What are the different sizes of the two-horse trailers?

In addition to grooming, lodging and food, the horses must be transported from time to time, either locally or over a long distance. Knowing the right size two-horse trailer for your needs will ensure that your animals travel in comfort and arrive safely at their destination. 

Horse trailers come in incline or straight load designs, with or without options, and vary in height, width and weight.

  • Standard straight load: A standard straight-load trailer design is a side-by-side rear door entry trailer where the horseheads face the front of the trailer. The standard size comprises the smallest two-horse trailer, which typically has a stall width within approximately six feet. These trailers typically have a square roof, with a floor-to-ceiling stop height of seven feet and the total length of the trailer of 10 feet. 

The standard trailer for horse sizes is from 14 to 16 hands. The roof should be extended to 7 feet, 6 inches for horses up to 16-3 hands, and an additional two inches for horses in 16-3 to 17 hands. Horses measuring 16-3 to 17 hands should have an extra one foot in trailer length, too.

  • Extra Large Straight-Load: Additional large straight-haul trailers have post lengths of 11 feet. They are six feet wide, but the ceilings extend to a height of 7 feet, 8 inches. With large cargo trailers, they are straight axles with widths of 96 inches, which represents a heavier load for the larger horses, ranging from 16-3 17-2 hands tall.
  • Double Extra Large Direct Loading: Additional double straight-haul trailers have the same length of 11 feet as the oversized one, and the width is maintained at 6 feet 8 inches. Height is 7 feet, 8 inches. The shafts extend to 102 inches wide. The extra-large double model typically houses horses ranging from 18 to 19 hands.
  • Custom built straight load: Custom-built straight cargo trailers accommodate horses that are 19 hands and taller. Draft horses with weights approach 2,000 pounds that fall into this category. The trailer must be at least 8 feet tall, with a 12-foot stopping length in addition. The tires and axles must be upgraded to support the additional weight with the addition of additional floor supports and the brace.
  • Tilt-Load: Tilt-load trailers differ in design from straight-load trailers in that the horses are loaded from left to right on an incline within the stalls. Due to the diagonal stalls, the overall length of the trailer is still shorter, measuring only 8 to 8 1/2 feet below the centre line. 

However, the length of the diagonal will approach 10 to 11 feet. Tilt-load trailers, due to their smaller size, cannot accommodate horses more than 15-3 hands tall. The tilt-load trailer has additional taillertags with less hauling weight for the tow vehicle and more manoeuvrability.

What should you check when buying a two-horse trailer?

Regarding the trailer itself, several technical points must be observed with the greatest care before buying a particular model of a horse trailer.

Several points of the trailer must be in line with the needs and preferences of your horse. This is the case with the ramp that allows the horse(s) to get into the trailer. While many horses have a visceral fear of ramps, sometimes it is best to choose trailer models with steps.

You will need to be careful about the height of the windows and openings in the trailer. The correct location for these is when they are above the horse’s eyes. This will reduce his stress during the trips.

Finally, remember to take the internal measurements of the horse trailer because your mount must be able to enter easily.

If you are buying a used two-horse trailer you should keep in mind that many parts wear out over time. Several technical points should therefore be checked for yourself to ensure the safety of the whole. Front to back, start with the arrow. It should be greased and should have no play if you pull on it.

Make sure that there is also no rust. Then, check the tray for any holes or leaks in the roof. Do a complete check of the braking system as well as the electrical system.

Finally, check that the ramp is working properly and that the floor of the trailer is not mouldy.

Tips for transporting two or more horses in a trailer

All horses may need to be transported at one point in their lives. Not only those of different races must be prepared for a trip. If you need to transport your horse to take him to the vet or make a change of home, in these cases you must also prepare him properly so that he does not suffer during transport.

You should always train your horse for transport and prepare it in advance. Never decide at the last minute to transport it without prior preparation. Choose the method that is least stressful and safest, this way you will avoid frightening when entering such a small and moving space.

Try to compensate your horse when he has already gotten into the trailer with food. If your equine has a bad experience from a previous transport, it will surely cost you much more to do it this time and you will need the help of an experienced person in this type of task. 

Once you have carried him happily, he takes the first short trips that are not to places that can generate stress. By taking small steps and staying calm and patient, the end result should be satisfying, whatever the destination.

Horses must feel comfortable and safe during the trip, so it is important to protect them with appropriate clothing and other items. It is the case with a good leather collar that fits without problems and a head protector. In addition to the tail guards and bandages, which are important to prevent damage to your body.

Protection can be ensured in the form of custom-made bandages or leg protectors. They must always be properly and securely positioned to perform their function. To ensure that the horse maintains its proper body temperature during the trip, there are fresh sweat mats on the market. It is important that the horse does not feel too hot or cold during transport to maintain its well-being.

Prepare your horse ahead of time before its transfer, accustoming it to wearing its protective clothing and in this way you will make it feel comfortable when using it.

The bottom line

There are various types of horse transports and just as many ways of loading animals. Check with your carrier to find out which vehicle is right for you and your horse. Knowing the weight of your trailer will greatly impact your entire towing experience. Before deciding to move your horse(s), it is important to know the towing capacity of your vehicle. 

Please feel free to get in contact should you have any questions or suggestions about safely transporting one or more horses. 

FAQ on How big is a 2 horse trailer?

How many horses can fit in a trailer?

Up to six horses can fit in a trailer, depending on the size and model of the trailer. When transporting more than one horse, the minimum height inside the compartments must exceed the height at the withers of the tallest animal by at least 30 inches (almost 75 cm).

How many hours can a horse travel in the trailer?

A horse can travel up to 8 hours in the trailer. The horse must always have a net with hay (better soaked) so that he can eat at all times. It is advisable to water the animal and supply electrolytes in short periods of time. 

What license is needed to drive a horse trailer?

To transport horses in a van you will need special authorization, since the weight that the vehicle pulls increases considerably with the load of the horses. 

What travel equipment do I need to transport a horse?

As for travel equipment, the horse must wear the halter for the duration of the trip. Most experts suggest a leather halter (not nylon or rope). In an emergency, the leather is easy to cut. Depending on the weather during your trip, you may or may not need a blanket. Bumpers and leg guards can be very important. 

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