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.


  • Horse Trailers-There are multiple types of dividers depending on the trailer. Slant dividers where the divider is higher at the head and tapers back. Stud Doors and Breast and Butt Bars for a stall and half and extra Stud Doors for box stalls. These dividers can be used in the wrong way where a transporter uses a slant divider to create a box stall. While the size might be similar to a box stall, two horses would still be able to get at each other. These dividers are padded to protect the horse and should not be squeaking or rattling. Just like you, horses don’t like squeaking or rattling.
  • Stock Trailers-Unless it is custom made, they have one to two gates that go from floor to ceiling. They also might have a cut gate which is similar to a slant divider that starts high and tapers down. If a stock trailer has something else, it is probably custom made so the side post spacing is the same as a horse trailer. Gates are exactly as they sound, they tend to be loser fitting and are not padded.


  • Horse Trailers-The inside is double walled, insulated and rubber lined to protect the horse. The trailer is completely enclosed to keep out inclement weather. It has windows that are 5 feet from the bottom of the trailer.
  • Stock Trailers-They have a single wall. The inside is not rubber lined. The metal is exposed and could potentially have sharp edges. The wall is only 4 or 4 ½ feet high until there are slats to make it easier for people to poke the cattle from the outside to get them to move.


  • Horse Trailers-The floor is Smooth Ribbed. It will have rubber floor mats to protect the horse and to give it better footing.
  • Stock Trailers-The floor is a Treadplate Floor?—?Corrugated or Ribbed.

As you can see there is a significant difference in the two types of trailers. If a transporter is quoting you a cheap price, it could be because your horse is traveling in a stock trailer, not a horse trailer. A stock trailer costs $15,000-$20,000 versus a horse trailer that costs $50,000-$60,000. Almost all professional horse shippers will be using a horse trailer which is why their cost is more. As always, you get what you pay for.

Here is a link to a horse trailer and the features:

Here is a link to a stock trailer and the features:

By: - Worlds Leading Mobile App Horse Transportation Company Connecting Owners, Trainers, & Drivers