Trailering Safety Tips
While winter is here and trailer use is at a minimum, now is a good time to check your trailer and towing vehicle to make sure they'll be ready for spring.
Thoroughly inspect your trailer for any protruding parts, broken and/or weak floorboards. Replace if needed.
Make sure all lights are functioning properly. It is always a good idea to keep a few spare bulbs and/or fuses on hand.
Check tires for wear and proper air pressure. Make sure they are inflated per manufacturer's recommendations. Always make sure to check the spare too.
Check brakes for signs of wear, and make sure they are functioning properly.
Check the breakaway battery, safety chains, and hitch to make sure they are all in good repair.
Make sure your towing vehicle is in good repair. Check lights, brakes, and tires. Make sure all fluid levels are correct and that you have plenty of windshield washer fluid.
Carry your insurance and registration in a safe place where they can be found easily.
It is a good idea to travel with a mobile phone in case of emergency. Keep contact numbers handy or program them into the phone.
Keep a road atlas available in the tow vehicle.
First aid kits are a must for human's, and horses as well. Keep plenty of extra bandages, gauze and antibiotic ointment in them. A knife or a pair of scissors is also helpful in case a rope needs to be cut. Also, make sure that there is an extra halter and lead rope for each horse you will be hauling.
Before you head out on the road, do a last minute inspection. Check the lights and brakes. Make sure the trailer is hitched correctly. Do you have plenty of fresh water and extra supplies in your trailer? If feasible, always travel with another person.
There is a motor club available now called US Rider that is specifically designed for the horse person. If your vehicle or trailer becomes disabled, they will provide emergency roadside assistance. They will also arrange accommodations for you and your horses if an overnight stay is required. They offer many benefits and provide more than most motor plans. To contact them, call 1-800-844-1409 or check out their website.
Spring will be here before we know it, so use this time to get your trailer and tow vehicle ready. The time you spend now will save time later, giving you more time with your horses and the peace of mind knowing that you are prepared and ready to go. Happy travels!
Debbie has over 45 years experience with horses and equine-related businesses. She has owned, trained, boarded horses and run stables at various times in her career. She is a certified fence installer, has given balanced riding lessons, and has shown horses in Western, Western Pleasure, Trail, English, Hunter/Jumper, Fox Hunting, Hunter Trials, Dressage and driving classes. Debbie has been involved in foaling, and just about every aspect of horse ownership possible, and she welcomes your questions and comments. If you are interested in using any articles by Debbie, please send her an email.
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