How Tall is a Horse Trailer? Heights of Popular Models


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Horse trailers vary in size, based on horse capacity and towing style. Horse trailers are different weights, lengths, and widths. But one area of concern for most prospective buyers is how tall is the horse trailer.

Most horse trailers range from 7′ to 7’6″ in height, an a/c unit it will add 12″ to its height. Taller trailers are available for large horse breeds, and manufacturers typically make trailers up to 8′ in height.

You can order a custom-built trailer for your desired height, but be aware there are trailer height regulations. To help you get a general idea of the heights of the various types of horse trailers, I’ve compiled some information below.

Get the right trailer height for your horse

The most common reason a person needs to know the height of a horse trailer is to ensure it will haul their horses safely and comfortably. So how tall should a trailer be for your horse?

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A trailer with a 7′ height will fit a horse from 14 hands to 16 hands without any problems. A trailer with a 7’6″ roof should be fine hauling horses from 16.3 hands up to 17 hands tall. Horses over 17 hands can be hauled in a trailer 7’8″, but it would be better to use a trailer with an 8′ ceiling height.

How to measure your horse trailer for storage

Often prospective buyers have a barn on-site and need to ensure the trailer they buy will fit through the opening, or they’re building a new storage facility and need measurements to be sure their new horse trailer fits.

Measure the trailer while it’s hitched to your tow vehicle. The addition of your truck and hitch may increase its height. Also, make sure you are on level ground when taking measurements, the uneven ground could give you an inaccurate result.

Measure the trailer from the tallest point of the roof to the point where the tires meet the ground. It’s essential to include roof additions such as an a/c unit, or vents, in your measurements too.

Confirm the height of the storage facility entryway. You want to have at least 18 inches of clearance from the top of the horse trailer to the top of the doorway.

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While you have your tape measure out, go ahead and explore the interior measurements of the trailer as well. The outside measurements are essential for storing the trailer, but the inside is critical when hauling your horses. Confirm it is as tall as advertised and has enough space for your horses to fit safely and comfortably.

How tall is a four-horse trailer with living quarters?

Most trailer manufacturers design trailers based on standard measurements. So, what’s the standard height for a four-horse trailer with living quarters?

Standard four-horse trailers with living quarters are 7’6″ to 7’8″ tall. These models are popular with equestrian eventers. They typically have a gooseneck hitching system and a roof-mounted a/c units and roof vents.

Below are a couple of examples of the dimensions of four-horse trailers, I’ve compiled for you to see.

Featherlite’s Living Quarters Trailer, Liberty Model

  • Interior height: 7’6″
  • Width: Comes in either 7′ or 8′ models
  • Weight: The weight depends on the number of amenities in the living quarters. Expect over 8,000 lbs.

For more information on this Featherlite trailer, visit their company website here.

EquiSpirit 4 Horse Trailer CenterLoad/Head-to-Head.

  • Interior height: 7’8″
  • Width: 6’8″
  • weight: 8,400 lbs.

To learn more about EquiSpirit trailers and review other models, you can click here to visit their company’s website.

How tall is a two-horse bumper-pull trailer?

Bumper-pull tailers are light and easy to tow. But do they have sufficient height for full sized horses? I did some research to find out how tall popular brands of two horse bumper pull trailer are.

The standard height of a two-horse bumper pull trailer is 7’6″ tall. Manufacturers also have taller models to accommodate large horses, or will custom build trailers to meet specific needs.

Two horse bumper pull trailers are convenient and more comfortable to tow. They are great for horse owners with small tow vehicles. (read our article here on weight distributing hitches). Most two horse trailers can accommodate horses up to 17 hands tall.

EquiSpirit 2 Horse Bumper Pull w/ dressing room

  • Height: 7’6″
  • Weight: 3,300
  • Overall axle width: 8′, interior width is 6′

To learn more about this trailer and see other models, you can click here to visit their company’s website.

Townsmand Bumper Pull Two Horse Trailer

  • Height: 7’6″
  • Weight: 2,600 lbs
  • Overall axle width: 8′, interior width is 6′

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Miles Henry

I love animals! Especially horses, I've been around them most of my life but I am always learning more and enjoy sharing with others. I have bought, sold, and broke racehorse yearlings. I have raised some winning horses and had some that didn't make it as racehorses, so we trained them in other disciplines. Miles Henry

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