How to Shop for a Used Horse Trailer
Shopping for a Used Horse Trailer
Thursday 11 February 2010
Looking for used horse trailers entails much more than finding a good colour. When searching through horse trailers for sale you will need to make sure that the horse trailer is appropriate for your horse and your needs. For tips on shopping for second hand horse trailers, see below.
Used Horse Trailers
If you know that you will be using a horse trailer frequently then it is a good idea to buy the best one that your budget will allow. This does not necessarily mean that you must buy the priciest one available. You should concentrate on finding a horse trailer that suits your needs and has the features you want.
Start by looking online to get an idea of what second hand horse trailers are available. It will show you what types of horse trailers for sale you could buy.
Second Hand Horse Trailers – Your Needs
When looking at horse trailers for sale consider what size you are after. This will obviously depend on the sizes of your horses. Heights range considerably to suit different breeds. You should also bear in mind whether your horse would suit an entry ramp or step.
Used Horse Trailers – Condition
Second hand horse trailers will come in a variety of conditions. You will need to check any potential purchases for damage. Inspect a horse trailer for rust or fractures, and ensure it has a firm structure. Other checks include:
• No sharp edges
• Door hinges, latches and ramps
• Windows and vents
Horse Trailers for Sale – Extra Checks
Then look at the floor. Have a good look underneath all used horse trailers for any damage, rust or suspension problems. Check brake pads and tires. Make sure there is no wear that is uneven. Next, look at the trailer’s coupler, hitch and chain. There should be no cracks or wear.
Hook up any potential second hand horse trailers to your car to make sure the wires and lights work properly. Test it out to see that the brakes are alright too.