Tips For Hauling Your Horse
Horse Etiquette: Tow The Line
With winter gone and springtime here, most of us are getting geared up to travel so we can take advantage of the upcoming comfortable weather with our four-legged friends. Whether it be taking our horses on trail rides or to competitive shows, you will want to make sure that the ride is just as safe and enjoyable as the destination. Towing can put extra stress not only on your conditioned vehicle, but also on your horse's body and mind. In order to be a responsible driver, it is important for you to check your tow vehicle and trailer each time you hook-up.
What are the main things you should check before hitting the road? Below is a checklist of items that we suggest which should be routinely monitored to help ensure that you and your horse have nothing but safe travels in store.
Make sure the following are in good order before driving off into the sunset:
- Full gas tank – There is nothing worse than spending time packing and loading, only to end up on the side of the road.
- Adequate wiper fluid and fluid levels – We all know spring is bird season. Arm yourself.
- Tire pressure – Having the correct tire pressure not only helps to increase your gas mileage but also helps eliminate trailer sway.
- Tire wear – Be sure no tires have been punctured and that they have sufficient tread, 1/4" will do. Don't forget the often overlooked spare tire – they've been proven to come in handy at times!
- Lights – Make sure all truck and trailer lights are working and visible.
- Brakes – Test the brakes before and after you load your horse(s). Limit unwanted guests – Rid the inside of the trailer of any potential nuisances such as bees or wasps.
- Trailer security – Check that the hitch, coupler, breakaway, brake battery and safety chains are all in working condition.
- Floorboards – Make sure that all floorboards are in good condition. If they are rotted, or appear to be in weak condition, you will want to replace them.
- Jacks and safety triangles or reflectors – Be sure they work and are on-hand in case of a breakdown. Ignitable flares should never be stored in the horse trailer due to fire potential.
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