So, you can buy at your local dealership, or buy a trailer online. You can visit your area dealer and see what's available "in person" - then later you can sit back and relax, making your actual purchase from the comfort of your own home, confident in your decision. (See my warning, below.) eBay lists tons of great horse trailers every minute of every day. You'll save hundreds if not thousands. The trick is finding one near you. It doesn't do any good to find a trailer in Maine if your horse is stalled in Florida, right?
Click on any of the states listed to see what's available in your area:
A Word of Caution eBay has its bad apples, as does any group. Research your trailer thoroughly and establish a relationship with your seller before laying your money down. Personally, I'd go look at the trailer in person. (Remember, most trailers listed here are within a reasonable driving distance.)
A few steps you should take to protect yourself: - go see the trailer in person - get the sellers phone number and call to say "hello" (thereby confirming their existence) - deals that seem too good to be true... ARE too good to be true - never, never, never deal with anyone who sends you emails offering deals AFTER an auction ends or outside of eBay
- Download and print from your home computer - 5 days, 5 chapters - Learn at your own pace
An excerpt from Trailer Training: An Easy guide to the Proven Methods of John Lyons:
Is this you? On a good day your horse will get in the trailer after a few minutes of cajoling. More often than not, it's about fifteen. Today you're headed to a riding club event and the group leaves at 10am sharp. You're running a bit late, but as you lead your horse to the trailer, you're figuring you'll make it fine if the horse is having a "good-to-medium day." If he loads by 9:15; you can drive the speed limit and stop for coffee. If not, you gotta do 80 – past Starbucks. You "like" your horse at this point. Problem is, your horse has gotten up on the wrong side of the manger and he's thinking "I'll die first and take you with me." Insert your own worst nightmare here. Forty minutes later you're thinking things like "It's just a stupid trailer," "I'll drag your butt in" and "Your (expletive deleted) mother was the same way."
Horses either get in smoothly or they balk. If your horse balks, he doesn’t load. Period. Trained horses simply walk into the trailer. Not after 10 minutes of begging. They just walk in. That's lesson one and our ultimate goal. If your horse has become a hard-luck case then it's going to take time, consistency and work from you to get this straight – but you will. The good news is, horses are actually easier to teach to trailer than you'd think, the bad news is, it takes the patience of an oyster. Not so much time, as patience. Horses that "should trailer but don't" have had some steps skipped in their trailer training. No big deal. We'll cover A to Z here; you'll take it one step at a time and we'll get that (expletive deleted) horse in the trailer together!