Our horses are like family members, so we wanted to share a checklist of items to ensure your horse is safe and snug when you load him into the trailer.
Driving the tow vehicle safely is the most important safety feature
- Maintain distance between the vehicle in front for safe stopping
- Accelerate and decrease speed slowly as well as while turning corners
- Maintain a safe speed thru a turn- i.e. braking when turning off an interstate will stop the centrifugal force that holds the horse against the outside wall.
- An adequate tow vehicle is mandatory. Having more vehicle than you need is the safest way to trailer.
- Make sure the trailer is large enough for the horse.
- Use a leather halter or a halter with a leather head stall.
- If tying the horse’s head, use trailer ties with quick release snaps, leaving the quick release part snapped at the wall, away from a possibly struggling horse.
- Bed the floor with shavings or sawdust
- Do not leave a horse unattended in the trailer.
- Do not leave a horse tied outside of a trailer, unattended.
- Use mesh window covers if leaving drop feed windows down during travel.
- Never leave an open window so the horse can stick his head out while traveling.
- Leave nothing loose in the trailer as everything moves with the vibration of travel. Use bungees and snaps to tie all equipment down
- If using hay net, tie it up high enough so that when it is empty a foot won’t get caught.
- If hanging a water bucket using two sided snaps, make sure the snap side is away from the horse so nothing can get caught in the snap.