Need To Travel With Your Horses? Tips For Choosing An Aluminum Or Steel Trailer

27 June 2017
 Categories: Automotive, Blog


If you have horses that you need to travel with, like when you sell them or move to a new home, there are many things to consider. Doing this in the right way will ensure that the horses get to the new location without being injured. One thing you have to consider is if you want to purchase an aluminum or steel trailer. To help you with this below is some information about each of these.

Aluminum Trailer

Aluminum horse trailers can be expensive but they are very durable. Aluminum will also not rust. Aluminum is lighter when compared to steel and if you plan to sell the trailer in the future you will get more money out of an aluminum trailer than you would a steel one.

Aluminum does have some drawbacks, however. For example, it can corrode over time. This is especially true if you use the trailer a lot as horse's urine and manure can cause this corrosion. Aluminum can also crack easier than a steel trailer, and it draws in heat faster. This means the trailer will be too hot for your horses if the temperatures are high. You could still travel with them but would not be able to travel long distances without stopping to cool the horses off.

If you live in an area of the country that often has low temperatures, however, aluminum would not be a bad choice.

Steel Trailer

Steel horse trailers are an affordable option. Steel is also durable and can stand up well to constant use. A steel trailer flexes while you travel, which reduces that chances of the trailer suffering from structural cracks. Steel can also handle heavy loads and will last you for many years.

One of the biggest benefits of a steel horse trailer is that steel conducts heat slower than aluminum. This will keep your horses cooler while you are traveling when the temperatures are high.

The one drawback to steel horse trailers is that steel can rust. Because of this, many people choose galvanized steel. This type of steel is coated with zinc, which provides a protective coating and helps prevent rust. You will find horse trailers made with galvanized steel are a little more expensive but it is worth the cost.

Visit a horse trailer dealer in your area to learn more about this so you can decide what would work best for you and your horses.