Why You Need a Horse Trailer

Horse trailers are a huge piece of equipment to invest in. Although they are a pricey piece of equipment, having your own makes it so much easier for you to get your horses to and from places without ever worrying about transportation again. 

If you have horses that are in shows or that race, buying a trailer can save you significant amounts of time and money. If you don’t have your own, you are probably paying commercial rates for the transportation or even shipping fees to get your horses where they need to go. Sometimes, you probably encounter a situation where you can’t even take all of your horses either. Having your own horse trailer, you can go and leave as you please – you don’t need to wait for anyone, you don’t have to worry about loading your animals and making sure they get to their spot safely and no more outrageous fees to pay. If you get a big enough trailer, you could even start renting out a space for another horse and make a little money off of it. 

You are transporting a living, breathing animal. It is your number one job to make sure the trailer is a safe one. It doesn’t matter how fancy it looks from the outside or the cool mechanisms inside, the number one priority is the safety when hauling it around. Many horse trailers come in styles and sizes, making it easy for you to find one that fits all your needs. Popular ones that you see out and about are the bumper pulls. These are trailers that will attach to your car with a hitch. Having this kind makes it easy to attach and detach when you are trying to get from place to place.

One of the best surface types to leave/park your horse trailer is resin bound gravel. This surfacing is great as it is sturdy and ensures that the trailer remains stationary during transportation of the horse. Additionally, making certain that your trailer is parked up on a flat surface is also crucial for safety purposes.

These trailers can usually fit up to four horses, however they are perfect for transporting two. Another popular horse trailer is the goosenecks. These are bigger and heavier trailers that attach onto your hitch. Not any car can pull it though, you will probably need a hefty truck for this to tow it along. If you have more than two horses, this may be the trailer for you. Another type of horse trailer that isn’t as popular is the stock trailer. Think of just an open box without stalls – this is what that essentially is. You can tie the horses up inside so they aren’t roaming around inside during the drive. These are nice to have though because they are more open and get a ton more air in them. 

If you are worried about price, you don’t even have to buy a brand new one either, you can always look around to buy a used one. I have not heard one single person that used to pay shipping fees to get their horses from place to place say that they regret buying their own horse trailer. They are so much happier and life is a little bit easier. 

Owning and Maintaining a Horse Stable

Undeniably the most costly pets to own these days are horses. From the time they were domesticated many years ago they have served man well. They are a great help for ranches and they have even helped win battles. For these reasons, horses still remain the most useful and well loved animals.

It is said that horses have a special way of communicating with their owners and they are also extremely loyal. They will even give up their lives if it means serving their master. Thus, many stories and movies have been made showcasing the unparalleled importance of horses to man.

If you are a horse lover and would like one as a pet, you first need to think about where your horse will stay. You must realise that building a stable is not as easy as it seems and needs a little forethought and some time to accomplish.

There are two ways to go about stabling your horse. You are able to choose between boarding horse stables or your own personal stable. Your circumstances will dictate which option is best for you.

If you don’t have the space to set up your own stable, then boarding stables would be the best option for you. Boarding stables charge a fee for your horse to stay there and function as a business. This is also a good choice if you need some time to build your own stable.

The boarding stables are well equipped to take care of a lot of horses. You can sleep peacefully knowing that when your horse is in their care it will be well looked after. There is also staff on duty 24 hours a day to make sure all your horse’s needs are taken care of.

The one problem with boarding stables is that you may have to travel to see your horse if there are none nearby where you live. This could decrease the amount of time you are able to spend with your horse thereby decrease the amount of time you have to bond with your horse. Also, the boarding fees charged can become quite expensive over time.

Personal horse stables are a good choice if you have a large area available. If the area is large enough to accommodate a stable it is always best to have your own. Who knows, you might decide to take on the breeding of horses and produce more. The sooner you set up, the better.

If you decide to build your own stable, you must make sure that you have enough funds to complete the project. Your area that you build on needs to be about 2 acres per horse and if possible, in an area that does not have a lot of noise pollution. Horses scare easily and if they are in a noisy area they will not be comfortable.

If you want your stable to last a long time, make sure you buy only the most durable materials. However, the most important factor to bear in mind is the water system. You need to make sure that you have a very good one in place for your horse.

Horse Breeds Overview

Horses are some of the loveliest pets and they can also help you move around with their unparalleled power and speed. There are several horse breeds known today although most people confuse “types” of horses to refer to breeds. The term breed is usually defined as when the subjects have distinct (true) breeding characteristics witnessed over a number of years. The members within such breeds are often referred to as purebred and can be registered in a breed registry.

Popular breeds
There is no scientific definition for breed and this makes it quite open. It is important to note the difference between horses and ponies because they refer to different pets despite the striking similarities. There are probably several hundred breeds or horses known to exist in various parts of the world. Some of the popular horse breeds living today include the following;

• Abaco Barb
This is one of the rarest horse breed and is in fact facing extinction. The Abaco Barb is believed to have descended from the Spanish horses back during the discovery of the new world. Some of the ships on route to the new land did not reach due to shipwrecking or piracy in the Caribbean.

• Akhal Teke
This is another rare horse breed that is believed to be 3,000 years old. It is known for its distinct gazelle-like appearance and some say it may be the last remaining breed of the Turkmene which existed from 2400B.C.

• American Paint Horse
This breed was first documented in 1519 when an explorer carried 2 horses with pinto markings. 2 centuries later, America was populated by horses with paint marking hence the breed’s name.

  • Barb

Native to Middle Asia, Barb is one of the oldest horse breeds and it was famous in the fertile cresent of the Berbes. The name is actually derived from the Barbarous people.

• Camargue
This breed has its origin from the Rhodes Delta found in Southern France and its existence is prehistoric.

As aforementioned, there are hundreds of horse breeds existing today with most named after the regions they were first found or unusual attributes they possess. Other popular breeds include Caspian, Canadian, Budenny, Altai, Anglo-Arabian, Baise, Baluchi, Blazer, Dongola, Dutch, Falabella, Haflinger, Konik, Lusitano, Morab and Pasofino among many others.

Summary

When looking for horse breeds to buy, you have several choices. All you need to do is pick the characteristics or attributes you love and then find out the required environment. Not all horses can survive where you live. Nonetheless, you will find many choices that can flourish in your location.