Webinar to Discuss ELD Mandate

The American Horse Council (AHC) will host its First Quarter 2018 webinar on Monday, February 12th at 3:00 pm ET and will address the recent Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate that has caused much confusion and a lot of questions throughout the equine industry.

In light of the recent phone calls and emails with questions about the ELD Mandate and how it is going to not only affect the industry, but individuals as well, the AHC felt it was appropriate for the first webinar for 2018 to address the ELD mandate, and would be a compliment to the brochures that have already been put together on this issue. For the brochures, click here.

The webinar will address the details of what the ELD Mandate includes, and who is required to have an electronic logging device. Also discussed will be the requirements for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), as well as what the AHC is doing to


Stall Types Explained

In this section I am going to explain the difference between a slant stall, stall and a half, and a box stall. Before I get started, I want to disclose I am NOT a veterinarian, I am not making any recommendations, and this is my opinion.

Slant Stalls – These were created so people could put more horses on a shorter trailer. They are exactly as they sound. The horse stands facing the left side of the trailer at roughly a 45 degree angle. You can measure a slant stall two ways: 1) far corner to far corner – they will typically measure 120-132 inches long 2) down the center – they will typically measure 96-102 inches long. The second way is the correct way to measure the stall. This means most horses over 15.3 hands will not fit in a slant stall because the horse is standing nose to tail in the stall. The only way a slant stall can fit larger horses is to widen the stall or take out a divider. This will allow the horse to stand more front to back


Trailer Types - Horse vs Stock Trailers

In my previous post I mentioned there are horse and cattle or livestock (stock) trailers and that there is a difference between the two. In this section I am going to discuss the differences and the different stall configurations transporters are able to create with their trailer. The big difference between the two is the size and features.


  • Horse Trailers-7 feet 6 inches
  • Stock Trailers-6 feet 6 inches


  • Horse Trailers-7 feet
  • Stock Trailers-6 feet


  • Horse Trailers-Drop down ramp or Dutch doors above the ramp on the rear and side. The side ramp is important so transporters do not have to unload horses to get to a horse that is at the front.
  • Stock Trailers-Full rear swing gate with no ramp or double back doors with no ramps. Most stock trailers only have an escape door at the front for a person



Why it costs so much to ship a horse

In this section I will highlight the expenses horse transporters incur and why there is a price difference between transporters and why some can do it for so much less. Before I get started, I would like to say one thing – you get what you pay for.

The difference between “legal” and “illegal” transporters. “Legal” transporters have the proper credentials, i.e., MC Number, DOT Number and insurance which increases their costs of doing business. These transporters are professional transporters and do it full-time. They go through background checks, drug tests and are held to a high standard by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The biggest cost for legal transporters is they are required to have $750,000 in liability insurance. The cost of the insurance varies depending on the transporter. If the transporter is new and does not have a record their insurance is going to be a lot high