Livestock Trailer Terminology
If you are in the market for a trailer to haul your livestock, like horses and cattle, you have several options available to you. Familiarize yourself with the following terms and definitions to better understand the various types of livestock utility trailers.
Air Gaps - Some horse and cattle trailers have air gaps within the aluminum walls to allow for proper air circulation. A trailer with air gaps, as opposed to an entirely enclosed trailer, is a smart choice in warmer climates.
Gooseneck - A gooseneck trailer is one that attaches to a coupling that is located in the bed of the truck, rather than the vehicle's frame near the rear bumper. Gooseneck trailers can allow you to haul much more cargo, so they are a smart choice for hauling large numbers of living animals. These are typically enclosed trailers.
Slider - A slider is a utility door located in the rear of a trailer. It can be opened in lieu of the main gate in order for one animal or person to exit. These are primarily on larger goosenecks trailers with ramps.
Breast Bar - The breast bar is an aluminum or steel bar within the cargo space that keeps a horse or cow safely within the traveling stall area. The breast or butt bar also keep the animal from attempting to move around.
Bridle Hooks - Bridle hooks are often included along the walls of an equine trailer so that a horse can be safely secured while the other horses are being loaded into the trailer.