The Two-Horse Trailer: Bumper Pull or Gooseneck?

Written by a Guest Blogger

It’s not a matter of which trailer, bumper pull or gooseneck, is better, yet you want to choose a product that fits your specific needs.

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each product allows you to make the best decision.

Bumper Pull Trailer Advantages

Bumper pulls are smaller, so they cost less than a gooseneck model. Yet, that does not mean that a bumper model cannot be more elite in features.

Secondly, most can pull this type of trailer with their current vehicle. So, you won’t have to rent a pickup or hauling van.

Third, the attachment is different with the cab following along in the same direction as the tow vehicle. Turns are easier to make.

Next, being smaller, purchasing a bumper model does not necessitate added storage space, which can eat away at costs.

Lastly, these vehicles do not necessitate licensing as “commercial.” The weight of the horses, trailer, and supplies usually does not exceed 10,001 pounds.

Bumper Pull Trailer Disadvantages

Though bumper pull models follow tow vehicles better, they are prone to swerving and ‘fishtailing’ on curvy roads. In addition, due to limited dimensions, most models are not sufficient in towing more than two horses.

If you’re pulling two horses with a smaller model, you’re really pushing the ability to meet the demands of horses. You’ll need enough food for both horses, along with the tack and supplies needed to keep them happy and safe.

Gooseneck Trailer Advantages

The towing is more stable with a gooseneck model. Featuring a ball and coupler mating, the gooseneck trailer (actually) attaches to the tow vehicle. It won’t sway or fishtail away from the lead vehicle.

Secondly, the models are optimal for longer journeys due to the large cabins and added comfort of horses within.

Thirdly, it’s easier to align the ball on the back of a lead vehicle. This makes loading and unloading much easier and time effective.

Next, the hitch is more secure. You don’t have to worry about the trailer becoming detached, potentially injuring or killing the horses inside or creating a major accident.

Gooseneck Trailer Disadvantages

To start, gooseneck models are more expensive. Of course, this is relative and depends on each vendor. Search for a 2 horse gooseneck trailer for sale online using a major search engine. In addition, the hitch system is more expensive and possibly more inconvenient (You must remove your camper top to connect the hitch system and get in the back of truck bed to attach.)

Because you cannot pull a gooseneck trailer with (just) any vehicle, you’ll need a pickup or large van that can accommodate the hitch system. In addition, you’ll need to ensure you have the proper papers to use this ‘commercial’ grade product.

Listen to Horses and Veterinarians

Sometimes, it’s not entirely the decision of owners, trainers, and transporters as to what product is optimal. Due to a horrible experience, horses may be reluctant or downright defiant regarding boarding a particular trailer.

In addition, depending on the needs of particular horse (They need a lot of space, do not prefer close quarters with other animals, or require extra food.) you may need to invest in a larger model, despite your budget or storage location.

Listen to veterinarian suggestion regarding temperament of horses as well as observe particular behaviors, making a distinction between hesitation and a more serious horse behavior problem.

Speak to Those with Experience

Speak to those with experience in driving, hosting, and renting trailers. Peruse online forums and ask questions about particular models. In addition, speak to vendors about your particular situation; good salespeople can align buyers with optimal choices.

Lastly, remember both types of trailers are premier products; it’s not about which one is better. It’s important to purchase or rent a product that best suits your needs and is a responsible choice when it comes to the health of the animals involved.

About the Blogger

Estela Cooper’s experience in her family stables stretches back decades. With a heart for horses and a mind for training and care, she often blogs about her insights into the best care horse owners can provide.


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