We recently shared the top reasons why Double D Trailers are ideal for Warmbloods and other large horse breeds. Our slant load horse trailers are different from other brands because we custom build the trailer to suit your specific horses and needs. In addition, our patented SafeTack design makes loading much safer and stress free for both you and your horse.
Now we’d like to share three stories of happy Double D Trailers customers who have large breed horses. Each case illustrates how the safety and convenience features on our horse trailers can make all the difference.
Becky from Vancouver, WA wanted a horse trailer that gave both her and her horses plenty of room to move in. She started her trailer search by doing a lot of research and getting advice from the people around her.
“This is my first trailer that I purchased,” she shared. “Probably it'll be my last. So I paid a lot of attention to other people's trailers. I asked my vet and asked other people about trailers. I read some articles that said horses like to ride backwards. So I went out looking to buy a reverse haul trailer.”
When asked about the buying process, Becky replied, “It was easy!”
Her interest in Double D Trailers began after viewing some of the videos that Brad had posted online. Luckily, there were several happy Double D Trailer customers in her region of the country, so she was even able to view a trailer in person and talk to its owner.
“Brad got me in contact with her. She let me come up on look at her trailer. Hers is a bumper pull but it was a three horse reverse with the SafeTack. She’s had horses forever and was happy with her trailer. She told me some things she liked about it.”
This conversation let Becky decide what features she really liked and wanted and what features she could do without. Since we only build custom horse trailers, each purchase can be customized to fit the buyer’s exact needs.
“Then I got in contact with Brad and started the process online. I think it probably took maybe a couple of weeks. That was more just me deciding what I wanted to add to it from what I could afford. Then we finalized it and they started building!”
As with our other stories, Becky has some very large horses that she hauls with her Double D Trailer. She explained, “I have a Hungarian Warmblood / Thoroughbred cross who’s 16.2H. I have a quarter horse who is 16.2H, and I have a paint. He’s about 15.3H. Then, I haul my neighbor’s Friesian…everybody’s been fairly large!”
With Brad design help, Becky designed her trailer to have dimensions that will match her specific horses. “My stalls I believe are 50” wide, 50” wide, and 40” wide. And I went with the extra wide trailer. So I think I'm 90" wide and I’m 7’8” tall.”
She wasn’t just thinking about the horses when designing her trailer. She also wanted some extra head room over the sleeping mattress in the gooseneck dressing room.
“I'm big inside compared to most trailers. Being new to horses, I wanted something that I felt safe, where I felt I had room to move in, and then the horses had room to move in.”
One of Becky’s favorite features about her 3 horse gooseneck trailer is the fact that she never needs to back her horses out again. The SafeTack design allows her horses to walk on and walk forwards off the trailer without ever needing to back up.
“That’s another reason I went with the with the reverse. In theory, my horse was never have to back out. And that just seemed safer to me. I do have two horses who have loading issue where they would bail out the back at a thousand miles an hour. So I didn't want to have to take them out backwards. Everybody gets to go forward and I like that.”
Becky is very happy with how her large horses fit in the trailer. “My horses have plenty of room the trailer. They can move around. They're not sandwiched in at all. The Friesian in the 40” stall fit like he does on a normal 3 horse trailer forward slant.”
Janet from Elbert, CO loves to go trail riding with her friend on a regular basis. They alternate who drives each week and Janet wanted to be able to accommodate her friend’s large 17.0H Warmbloods.
She was already a fan of slant load horse trailers and was intrigued by the benefits of reverse load trailers when she began researching to see who could build her dream trailer.
“That’s when I found Double D Trailers,” Janet shared. “One of the things I really liked about configuring my trailer with Double D was that I could start with a basic model and then go through the ‘a la carte’ options to see what I wanted.”
To her, the online buying process from Double D Trailers was much better than going down to the local dealer’s sales lot.
“It was really nice to be able to pick the options. I could go through and figure out, ‘Okay, that’s a little out of my budget,’ or to rethink what I really wanted vs what I really needed.”
With the help of Double D Trailers owner Brad Heath, Janet was able to narrow down the options to a design that fit her budget and her needs.
During the design process, Janet thought a lot about how her new trailer was going to work for her friend’s larger breed horses.
“She’s got a little quarter horse, a mule, and two Warmbloods that are 17H. I’ve got a medium sized Quarter Horse.”
With Brad’s help, Janet settled on a trailer with three feet of overall length that allowed each individual stall to be around one foot wider in dimension. She is pleased with how her friend’s horses now fit into the trailer.
“It's big enough for her Warmbloods. It's definitely more than big enough. They would fit in there without a problem if I ever needed to have a bigger horse in there.”
Janet has some practical advice for people with large breeds who question if their horses would do well in a slant load trailer from Double D Trailers.
“I would ask what size stalls do they normally travel in…what are their horses comfortable in? Just compare the size of the stall in a trailer the horse rides in today versus the exact dimensions that they would be in for a Double D trailer. If it's comparable, then there's nothing to be worried about!”
Our last story is about Amy from Sacramento, CA. Amy’s main concern when purchasing a new horse trailer was finding a design that didn’t feel claustrophobic. She was dealing with a traumatized horse and needed a trailer with a bright and open interior that would help him feel comfortable loading and traveling.
After two years of on-and-off trailer shopping, Amy finally had to get serious about her search when she had a sick horse who needed frequent trips to the vet.
"I kinda got pushed into it. I had a time period where I had a sick horse and I needed to be able to get my horse to the vet yet I didn't own a trailer. I don't like feeling hopeless…that’s not me. So I though I need a trailer!”
Amy plans to use her trailer to haul “big fellas” since she has several large breed and Warmblood horses. In fact, on her very first trip, she hauled a friend’s large Warmblood and thought, “He fit in there beautifully and had no issue whatsoever!”
The many safety options on Double D Trailers first attracted Amy during her shopping phase. She especially liked how the Rumber flooring option can reduce heat and vibration on horses’ legs. The less stressful reverse slant option also seemed like a good idea to her.
“I wanted to make sure I’m safe and my horses are safe. I got this horse trailer because one of my horses has PTSD from the last time he got into a trailer. He’s the reason I got this particular trailer because I thought it might actually help him.”
Her horse is an off-the-track Thoroughbred who is very emotional and high strung. Amy thought that the bright white interior, large windows and overhead ceiling vents created a very open and inviting interior space for her nervous horse.
“Natural light is coming in from everywhere!”
The other horses that Amy plans to haul with her trailer are all quite large animals. First, there is a 17.1H Thoroughbred / Warmblood cross. Then, she has a 3 yr old Irish Sport / Thoroughbred cross who is expected to mature to 17.0H. Finally, she has one more large horse…
“He’s a Warmblood and a big bulky fellow and he fit in there beautifully!”
Amy spoke kindly of the buying experience from Double D Trailers. She shared, “Brad was exceedingly helpful and was always available. One time we spoke I think he was actually not at work. He was with his family on a trip or something like that. He always made himself available to me whenever I had any questions he was very quick to respond. If I had any questions he would immediately look into it and get back to me. So I just felt like I was his only customer at the moment, which I’m sure that wasn’t the case.”
If you are interested in learning more about how your large breed horses would benefit from a Double D Trailer, read more here. Then, contact Brad. He will help answer your questions and point you to some resources that will help you find the ideal trailer design for your Warmbloods!