4 Irresistible Horseback Riding Vacations on the East Coast

East Coast Horse VacationsSummer is here—finally!

For horse lovers, this season is glorious.

It’s a time to get out and ride with no cold weather to deter us.

And as a team of longtime riders and horse lovers, we here at Blue Ridge Trailers know that heading out in search of new trails is half of the fun.

So we wanted to share with you four exciting horseback riding vacations on the East Coast that we discovered through our summer research.

We hope they inspire a wonderful vacation for you and your horse this summer!

Remember, if you’ve always dreamed of traveling with your horse but need the right trailer, contact Blue Ridge Trailers online or at (434) 985-4151 for personalized guidance.

You can also explore our horse trailer inventory here or our horse trailer rental options here.

All of the destinations on this list are on the East Coast and have not been visited by Blue Ridge Trailers owners Rob or Donna Martin. Feel free to let us know what you think of these destinations in the comments, should you visit!

4 Irresistible Horseback Riding Vacations on the East Coast

1. Shangrila Guest Ranch, South Boston, VA

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We wanted to start right here in our wonderful state of Virginia.

Shangrila Guest Ranch is known for its personal service, down-to-earth atmosphere and year-round trail riding opportunities. You can choose from an all-inclusive horseback riding vacation package, wagon rides or hourly and day trail rides. You can bring your horse or ride with one of their great horses.

The ranch is ideal for a family vacation, girl’s weekend, or business retreat. There are plenty of activities to keep the kiddos happy, from gathering chicken eggs, to feeding ducks and other farm animals, to gathering by the campfire for s’mores!

Learn more about Shangrila Guest Ranch here.

2. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, NY

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WOW! Rocking Horse Ranch Resort was voted a Trip Advisor U.S. Top 10 Family Resort so it’s definitely a place to put on your bucket list. The list of activities and family fun is unending, plus there are horses. What could be better?

For the family you can enjoy: children’s programs, award-winning gardens, an exotic wildlife exhibit, free wi-fi, and all-you-can-eat meal packages.

Of course, there are miles of trails and beautiful scenery to ride, barn tours, horse-drawn and tractor-drawn wagon rides, and horse shoe demonstrations. We’ve also heard that the indoor water park is summer all year long at 85 degrees.

Need we say more?

Check out Rocking Horse Ranch Resort here.

3. Southern Cross Guest Ranch, Madison, GA

Travel + Leisure Magazine voted Southern Cross Guest Ranch one of America’s Best Dude Ranches. One of our staffers visited there a few years back and really enjoyed it.

It’s nestled just outside of Atlanta in beautiful Madison, GA. The sunsets there and the horseback riding is stunning. You’ll feel relaxed and well-fed at Southern Cross, that’s for certain!

You’ll find nothing but quality Paint and Quarter Horses at this Georgia ranch, which is known best for its hands-on riding program, comfortable settings, and the ability to ride out on your own.

After a long day in the saddle, the rooms at Southern Cross are all furnished beautifully and are decorated uniquely. You’ll feel right at home and the kitchen is just a few seconds from your room. Fresh cookies and milk, too!

The horses at Southern Cross are outstanding and the hospitality is second to none! If you are looking for an affordable, relaxing getaway look no further!

Learn more about Southern Cross Guest Ranch here.

4. Marriott Ranch, Hume, VA

Last but not least, we finish up our list right in our backyard—the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

You can load your horse up or ride one of theirs over the beautiful 4,200 acre working cattle ranch. It’s trail riding at its best as you experience hills, creeks, woods, and pass along grazing cattle.

You have the option of many horse-related activities, from guided trail rides to private rides, group rides, vacation packages, and cattle drives. The sky’s the limit here with the amount of fun you can have with your horse!

The accommodations won’t let you down either. Each room is unique and the dining options will blow your socks off!

Read more about the Marriott Ranch here.

 

These horseback riding vacations on the East Coast are just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of unique riding destinations for you, your horse and your family. We’d love to learn about the places you’ve visited that your family enjoyed the most! Please feel free to share in the comments or on our Facebook page.

The 4-Step Horse Trailer Ventilation Guide for Safe, Cool Hauling

You’ve got the air conditioner on blast.

Your favorite shades are at the ready.

An ice coffee is in the cup holder.

It’s time for a summer road trip and you’re ready to ride in style.

But are your horses?

Summer travel poses a range of health risks to your horses–without proper horse trailer ventilation, they can become stressed from the temperature or even develop an illness like heat exhaustion or shipping fever.

Whether you’re looking for a new horse trailer or considering how to improve one you’ve already got, these horse trailer ventilation tips will help both you and your horses enjoy relaxed, cool rides this summer.

General Tips for Summer Hauling with Horses

Before we get to our horse trailer ventilation tips, be aware that there are several other important ways you can keep your horses cool on the road.

The 4-Step Horse Trailer Ventilation Guide

1. Look for Windows in the Front and Back

When it comes to ventilation, window placement is even more important than the number or type of windows in your horse trailer. They won’t do you any good if they’re not positioned to create a flow of air throughout the trailer.

Make sure there are windows at both the front of the trailer and the back. The back window or windows should be large–you can put screens or bars over them so they can be kept wide open without posing a safety issue for your horses.

If there’s a dressing room or tack room wall at the back of your trailer, it should have a window, too–otherwise the air from the front gets blocked, preventing a current as you drive.

2. Install Fans to Promote Airflow

Trailer fans are a smart, simple way to increase ventilation in your horse trailer.

Common sense would tell you to point the fans at your horses. The whole point is to cool them off, right?

Well, yes–but positioning your fans that way won’t help.

Again, it’s all about creating a current of air throughout the trailer. Make sure that your back fans are facing out of the window (in other words, pointing at the cars behind you). That way, the fans will pull air from front to back, cooling your horses as it flows by.

3. Wire Your Fans to an Auxiliary Battery

I discovered the beauty of horse trailer fans a long time ago. But I had to learn this extra step the hard way.

It was July and I was enjoying a hunt trail ride with friends. It was a great day, but we ran late–partly because we caught a horse headed towards the highway before we left–and partly because, well, of course we had happy hour after the ride!

When I finally got back to my trailer, my fans had been running for 4.5 hours.

How do you think my tow vehicle battery way doing?

Yeah, not great. There I was in a town with no cell towers and a dead truck battery. My friend went to fetch my husband several counties away–and I set my mind to getting an auxiliary fan battery as soon as possible.

4. Already Have a Trailer with Poor Ventilation?

If you already have a trailer with inadequate windows, you can use fans to boost ventilation–again, just make sure to point the ones that are furthest back out towards the road. You won’t get the same cooling effect that you would with proper window placement, but it can help.

If possible, consider adding windows to your trailer. Depending on how it’s framed, a solid dress wall can sometimes have windows added to it. You might also replace your back trailer doors if they don’t have windows.

 

Have questions about choosing or improving a horse trailer ventilation system? Blue Ridge Trailers is always happy to offer our expertise. Contact us online or at (434) 985-4151.

The Ultimate Packing Checklist for Summer Horse Show Essentials

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Nothing can dull the excitement of a summer horse show like realizing you left something essential at home.

You just want to get your horses settled and start enjoying the event, but now you have to worry about replacing it!

Then there are the items that you didn’t even realize you should be bringing with you. If you’re new to the horse show scene, it’s hard to avoid—if you’re a veteran, you probably remember having this experience once or twice.

To save you this stress, Blue Ridge Trailers has put together a comprehensive packing list of summer horse show essentials. We’ve drawn on the insights of our staff members who have decades of experience in the horse industry and attending horse shows.

But first, a pro packing tip:

Pack at Least One Day Ahead

The last thing you want to do is scramble around the night (or morning!) before your event.

Start packing at least one day before you leave, so that you have time to locate any missing items, replace or repair anything that hasn’t lasted since last season, and safely load and hitch up the trailer.

Here’s our guide to ensuring an even weight distribution within your trailer, among other hauling safety tips.

If you feel comfortable, ride your horse(s) at home, clip, bathe, and band/braid them there (if necessary). These are all things you then won’t have to do when you get to the horse show—you can relax when you arrive!

Summer Horse Show Essentials Packing List

Paperwork

Keep a binder of these items in either your horse trailer or truck. Don’t forget to update it before every show.

  • Coggins: you must have a current Coggins to transport your horse anywhere. You can keep extra copies in your truck, car, horse trailer, and purse or backpack, just in case!
  • Registration papers: depending on the type of event you’re going to, you’ll likely have to show your registration papers before checking in and signing up.
  • Health papers: depending on which state you’re traveling in, you may have to provide health papers upon arrival. Check with the show organizers if you’re not sure.
  • Relevant association membership cards

Trailer Items

Some of the more specific items we’ll touch on below could certainly be kept in your trailer as well, but these are the basics that should always be in there.

Remember to secure these items in an easily accessible area of your trailer.

  • Leg wraps
  • Extra halter and lead rope
  • Water bucket: depending on the length of your trip and the space available in your trailer, consider bringing a bucket or tank of water from home. (If you won’t be able to, you’ll find tips for helping your horse acclimate to an unfamiliar water source in this article.)
  • Feed
  • Bedding: this could be provided by the show—make sure you find out ahead of time
  • Tail wrap: if your horse rubs his/her tail in the trailer, this is a handy tool
  • Spare tires
  • Toolbox: including flares and flashlights with new batteries
  • First aid kit: equine and human, each kept in plastic or otherwise waterproof material. Some suggestions for what to include in your kit are below—you can find our full first aid checklist for horses here.
    • Phenylbutazone (bute) / Banamine paste: these anti-inflammatories provide short-term pain relief for horses. You will need to get this from your vet.
    • Triple antibiotic: for both people and horses
    • Gauze
    • Bandaging tape
    • Scissors
    • Liniment
    • Vet wrap

For safety, avoid overloading your trailer. Bring the appropriate amount of feed, bedding, water, etc. for the length of time you’ll be away from home.

If you have questions regarding safely hitching, loading, or towing your trailer, Blue Ridge Trailers is always happy to offer our expertise. Contact us online or at (434) 985-4151.

Horse Care Items

  • Grooming tote
  • Fly spray
  • Fly sheets: if you use them
  • Sheet: weather permitting, you may want to cover your horse up at night just in case he/she wants to lie down. But if it’s too hot, you may want to skip this and be prepared to spot-wash in the morning.
  • Mane tamer
  • Mane and tail brush
  • Tail bag
  • Bands / yarn
  • Hoof pick
  • Curry comb
  • Dandy brush
  • Body brush
  • Grooming towels: you’ll thank yourself if you bring more than one!
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Sponges
  • Sweat scraper
  • Hose: you might need this depending on the facility, so again, check ahead of time
  • Small bucket for bathing supplies
  • Treats

Other Useful Tools

  • Hooks for buckets
  • Hay bag
  • Pitch fork
  • Small or folding wheelbarrow
  • Clippers with batteries and sharp blades

Tack

  • Lunge line
  • Splint boots
  • Saddle
  • Saddle rack
  • Saddle pad
  • Girth
  • Headstall
  • Reins
  • Bridle rack
  • Bit: bring an extra!
  • Chicago screws: this is mainly directed at the western riders
  • Screw driver

For You

  • Clothing: make sure you have an idea of what you’re going to wear for each class. Try on clothes ahead of time so you know you’ll be comfortable.
  • Hat / helmet
  • Gloves / pins: if necessary
  • Boots
  • Spurs / spur straps
  • Safety pins / yarn: for your back number
  • Hair net / bobby pins / ponytail holder / hair brush: if necessary
  • Mirror
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Folding chairs
  • Paper and pencils: this will come in handy when copying down patterns or other things you may need
  • Bottled water: lots of it!
  • Snacks: if you don’t want to be confined to the concession stand

 

This may seem like a long list, but don’t let it scare you! If you run through this checklist before you leave for your show, it’ll make your life a lot easier. Nothing is better than being able to relax and enjoy yourself at the show—that’s what you came there for, right?

When Should You Replace Trailer Tires? Follow This Safety Checklist

I’m the type who can almost never throw something out.

I wear my shoes until they have holes. I reuse tea bags. I keep my phone until the day it stops turning on.

But when it comes to trailer tires, I’m a different person.

Old or worn tires pose a substantial danger on the road. They can lead to blowouts, a terrifying experience for you, your horses if you’re carrying them, and other drivers.

So it’s vital to know when to replace trailer tires. We’ll walk you through a checklist to determine whether yours are ready for an upgrade.

But first, are you keeping your tires safe and strong day-to-day? Here’s how:

Quick Tips for Trailer Tire Longevity

  • Regularly clean out pieces of debris or foreign objects that may have gotten lodged in your tires.
  • Fill tires to the maximum PSI (which is always listed on the sidewall of the tire) when the tires are cold, before you travel. Check your tires’ pressure levels, including the spare!
  • Check tires’ load range (also listed on the sidewall) to make sure you’re not putting more weight in your trailer than the tires can handle. Remember to calculate the total weight including the trailer itself, or ask a trailer professional to confirm that you have the appropriate tire size and load range on your trailer.
  • Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
  • As always, drive slowly and keep an eye out for foreign objects or potholes in the road. If you can’t avoid a pothole, drive over it as slowly as you can. Try to avoid rolling against the curb when parking.

How to Know if It’s Time to Replace Trailer Tires

1. Confirm That Your Tire Matches Your Trailer

Check the side of your tire for the letters ST.

LT tires are designed for “light truck” use and P are designated for “passenger” cars, while ST tires are designed specifically for use on a trailer.

As US Rider explains, this distinction has to do with how rough of a ride they can take. LT tires are meant to accompany vehicles with a sophisticated suspension system to create a smooth ride. Horse trailers don’t come with this type of suspension so they need ST tires, which can endure more bumps on the road.

2. Measure Your Tread Depth

Legally, your tires need to be replaced when they have 2/32” of remaining tread depth. The common piece of advice here is to insert a penny with Lincoln’s head facing downward into your tire’s tread groove–if part of Lincoln’s head is still covered, you have enough tread depth.

3. Check for Uneven Tread Wearing

Make sure the tread isn’t worn just on the outer edges of the tires or just down the center. Uneven tread wearing can indicate a number of safety issues with your tires or trailer:

  • Overinflation (worn in the center) or underinflation (worn on the outer edges)
  • A bent axle or spindle
  • Axle alignment problems
  • Hauling weight that exceeds the trailer’s load capacity

Check out this article for an in-depth discussion of those issues and how to diagnose or resolve them.

4. Get a Dry Rot Check

Moisture and heat are tires’ worst enemies. Over time, they can break down the tire rubber and cause dry rot.

Unfortunately, dry rot is not always easy to find. A tire that looks smooth and intact might be hiding dry rot within the sidewalls. So it’s important to get a professional check about once a year. A professional has special lighting tools and can flex and bend tires in a strategic way to reveal possible dry rot.

5. Consider Your Tire’s Age

Generally speaking, a tire’s lifespan is five years–whether it’s being used or not! Heavy use will of course reduce this lifespan, which is why it’s important to weigh your tire’s age along with the factors above.

 

Want ultimate peace of mind on the road? Contact Blue Ridge Trailers online or at (434) 985-4151 for a professional trailer and tire safety check.

Local Trailer Rental Options for Low-Stress Moving, Delivery, and More

local trailer rentalYou know what they say. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey…

But is that always true?

When you’re moving, delivering something, or doing basically anything else that requires a trailer rental, it usually is about the destination. You just want to finish up and unpack!

So let’s get you on and off the road quicker with a local trailer rental from Blue Ridge Trailers. Our trailer dealership is one of the only places in the Central Virginia area that offers this service. We’ll help you choose the right trailer rental from a range of options, so you can enjoy your journey and reach your destination safely.

Who Should Consider a Local Trailer Rental?

  • People moving within Virginia or nearby
  • Families moving kids into or out of college dorms
  • Farmers hauling equipment or other cargo to or from the farm
  • People picking up, delivering, or moving livestock and/or horses
  • Local businesses bringing equipment to job sites or events

What Are the Advantages of a Local Trailer Rental?

Trailer variety: A family-owned trailer dealer like Blue Ridge Trailers can offer a more personalized experience than the big-name moving truck/trailer companies. As you’ll see below, we offer a variety of trailers for rent that you can choose from.

That means you’ll get the right size and type of trailer for your needs, and won’t have to overspend on a big moving trailer just to fit your cargo.

Towing expertise: You’re not on your own when renting from a local trailer dealer. Blue Ridge Trailers draws from decades of towing experience and knowledge to ensure each customer has a smooth ride. We’ll determine the right trailer for your tow vehicle and hauling needs and help you get it hitched up and safely on the road.

What Trailers are Available for Rent at Blue Ridge Trailers?

Whether you’re hauling equipment, furniture, horses, and more, there’s likely a Blue Ridge Trailers rental option for you. We have:

  • Enclosed two-horse horse trailers
  • Enclosed cargo trailers (perfect for moving with furniture)
  • A 6 x 10 single axle utility trailer with a rear gate
  • A dump trailer with a 7,900-pound cargo capacity
  • A landscaper with a rear gate
  • An equipment hauler and a car hauler

See our full local trailer rental inventory here. Rates are dependent on the type of trailer, but are available for 24-hour, weekend, or week-long rental periods.

What Do You Need Before Renting a Trailer?

You should come prepared with your driver’s license, current proof of insurance for the tow vehicle, like an insurance card, and a valid credit card (first $500 of damage that may occur is the renter’s financial responsibility).

As with any trailer rental or purchase, one of the first things you should consider is your tow vehicle. It should have a towing capacity that exceeds the weight you’re planning to haul plus the empty weight of the trailer. You can generally find your vehicle’s towing capacity in the owner’s manual.

The Blue Ridge Trailers team will help you pick the right rental for your vehicle depending on a number of other factors. These include the type of trailer hitch your vehicle has, and whether it has a brake controller or the right setup to work an external brake controller.

 

Ready to find the right local trailer rental for your needs? Contact Blue Ridge Trailers online or at (434) 985-4151.

An Expert’s Guide to Horse Trailer Financing: How to Get a Good Deal

horse trailer financingYou’ve found the one.

That perfect trailer for your horses, your tow vehicle, and your hauling needs.

We get it–you just want to hitch it up and hit the road.

But for most buyers, there’s one more hurdle to get through: horse trailer financing.

With nearly two decades in the trailer business and a staff comprised of lifelong horse lovers, Blue Ridge Trailers understands the horse trailer financing process inside out. Thanks to our broker relationships and our experience, we’re able to find competitive pricing options for our trailer customers.

Today, we’re going to share some of our financing insights with you, so you can spend less time with the paperwork and more time enjoying your new trailer.

How Are Horse Trailer Loan Applications Evaluated?

There are a handful of factors any lender will examine and compare right off the bat:

  • Your credit score
  • Your debt-to-income ratio
  • Your income
  • Requested loan amount

None of that should come as a surprise. However, things get tricky when lenders start looking at the trailer itself.

Many lenders misunderstand or don’t know how to categorize horse trailers. They assume it’s a discretionary or “luxury” piece of equipment, and they price their loans accordingly.

They don’t realize how well trailers hold their resale value. Unlike cars, which start losing value the minute they leave the lot, quality aluminum trailers hold their value for decades.

That’s why it’s so important to buy from a trailer dealer who has relationships with brokers and lenders in-the-know. Blue Ridge Trailers works with a stable of lenders who understand the nature of trailers and can therefore offer appropriate, competitive financing options. That goes for utility trailers as well as horse trailers.

Horse Trailer Financing Pitfalls to Avoid

Prepayment penalties:

A lender who understands the longevity of trailers will give you a longer term to pay off your loan. That results in a lower monthly payment, which is especially helpful for farmers or other people with volatile month-to-month income.

However, we typically advise buyers not to wait the full length of the term to pay off the trailer, in order to avoid building up tons of interest. When you have a good month, you can pay a little more towards your trailer, and start working down the loan faster.

That strategy is not possible with prepayment penalties. As the name implies, prepayment penalties punish you for paying down your loan early. Avoid them or you’ll get locked into significant interest costs.

Not filing jointly:

Do both you and your partner have an income? If you don’t file jointly, you’re unnecessarily weakening your application.

Filing jointly will bring down your debt-to-income ratio, instantly making you a better candidate for a loan.

You should also consider whether you and your partner already have other loans in both names. If you do, but you don’t show your partner’s income on your horse trailer financing application, all those loans will be counted against your income only. It’ll make it look like you’re much less prepared to pay off your loans than you really are.

Ask Your Dealer About Their Lender Relationships

Before you file a loan application, ask your trailer dealer whether they work with loan brokers on behalf of their customers. As noted earlier, a dealer with a stable of knowledgeable brokers will be able to find you a more competitive deal.

You should also ask whether they’ll send your application to multiple brokers (which means multiple credit checks–not ideal).

Instead, Blue Ridge Trailers asks a handful of strategic questions to determine each customer’s situation, and therefore which broker will be best to send their application to. In turn, after running your credit, that broker can pick the optimal lenders to receive your application.

Do You Have Farm Income?

Then you’ll also want a dealer who is Farm Credit approved.

Farm Credit is a national organization that provides loans to people with farm income. Unlike standard lenders, they understand the unique situation of farmers and ranchers, in that income can be variable from one year to the next. They also consider horse trailers, utility trailers, dump trailers, and equipment haulers to be farm equipment–not “luxury” items.

Blue Ridge Trailers is a Farm Credit approved dealer, so we’ve seen firsthand how this different mindset that can result in a much more reasonable loan.

 

Have more questions about horse trailer financing? Contact Blue Ridge Trailers online or at (434) 985-4151.

Looking for Equine Events in VA? Don’t Miss the Virginia Horse Festival!

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2016 Virginia Horse Festival. Source: VHF on Facebook

If you’re a horse lover in the Southeast, we’ve got your next must-visit event.

The Virginia Horse Festival is one of the best equine events in VA. The fourth annual festival kicks off this weekend with three days of equine demonstrations, education, shopping, and family activities.

Blue Ridge Trailers will be at this equine trade fair sharing our trailer safety and trailer purchasing expertise in three presentations. It’s also a great opportunity to get a trailer at a discount–we’ll be offering deals on five unique trailers exclusively for Virginia Horse Festival attendees.

Here’s everything you need to know:

About the Virginia Horse Festival

Where:

The Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell, VA

When:

  • March 23 (10 am to 7 pm)
  • March 24 (10 am to 7 pm)
  • March 25 (10 am to 5 pm)

Entry:

Advance sale tickets cost $12 and are available until March 22. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $15.

Three-day passes are available for $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.

Kids under 12 enter free.

The Virginia Horse Festival is an opportunity to learn about many aspects of the equine industry. The event attracts clinicians, demonstrators, vendors, entertainers and equine experts from across the country and spanning a wide range of disciplines.

Blue Ridge Trailers will be one of many educators offering workshops throughout the weekend (more on this below). There’s also plenty of time for fun and family activities, including everything from horseshoe painting to watching competitive trick riding.

Blue Ridge Trailers will be there all weekend. Find us in the Vendor Sales building!

Our Educational Workshops at the Virginia Horse Festival

Picking the Right Trailer and Tow Vehicle
Friday, 11 am-11:50 am
Virginia Horse Council Classroom

There are so many myths and old wives’ tales about trailer purchasing. This presentation will dispel the misinformation and empower trailer buyers to make the right decision for their needs. It will be relevant for both new buyers and trailer owners who are thinking of changing their trailers and/or tow vehicles.

The presentation will cover trailer floor plan, size, and features that make a trailer more functional. We will also cover specifications of given tow vehicles, as auto dealer salespeople usually don’t have that type of knowledge.

Accessories to Trick Out Your Trailer
Saturday, 1 pm-1:50 pm
Virginia Horse Council Classroom

Accessories are an important topic for both potential and existing trailer owners. Who doesn’t want to know about “toys” that will make your towing experience safer and more comfortable for your horses?

Road Trip Safety and Checklist
Sunday, 11 am-11:50 am
Virginia Horse Council Classroom

Our horses are our family. Every horseman and horsewoman can identify with the desire to haul safely, have the right equipment if there’s a problem, and prevent problems in the first place. There’s nothing more frightening than a maintenance problem that stops you cold by the side of the interstate with trucks whizzing by at more than 75 MPH.

We’ll discuss the essentials of road safety while hauling horses, including a checklist you can use for peace of mind on the road.

Our Trailer Deals at the Virginia Horse Festival

Blue Ridge Trailers is excited to have several horse trailer discounts available for Virginia Horse Festival attendees. You can quality for show discount prices below if you purchase a trailer on the show grounds (whether you take it home day-of or place a deposit).

  • River Valley Custom Aluminum Carriage Trailer: 2+1 gooseneck straight load
    7’6” tall, 6’8” wide with 18’ horse area. With dress and box stall doors. Comes with a two-year structural warranty.

This trailer has a unique floor plan. You can move the straight load divider to either side, to load either a carriage or a golf cart into the front box stall. The divider can then move back and secure for the loading of the horses.

The first 10 of these trailers sold will get a $1,000 discount for a show price of $25,995.

  • Homesteader Three-Horse Trailer: Gooseneck slant load Homesteader trailer. Show discount price of $16,495.
  • Homestead Two-Horse Trailer: Bumper pull, straight load Homesteader trailer, no dress. Show discount price of $10,995.
  • Hawk Two-Horse Trailer: Bumper pull straight load trailer with side ramp (never back out of your trailer again!). Show discount price of $18,895.
  • River Valley Two-Horse Trailer: Bumper pull, straight load with 5’ dress. Show discount price of $14,895.

 

Blue Ridge Trailers is always happy to answer questions and help you make the right decision for your horses. Contact us online or at (434) 985-4151. We hope to see you this weekend!

Don’t Miss These Horse Trailer Deals at the Horse World Expo

Got big plans this weekend?

If you didn’t before, you do now.

The 16th Annual Horse World Expo kicks off today, attracting horse lovers from all over for a weekend of fun and education.

It’s an especially great opportunity if you’ve got your eyes on a new horse trailer. Blue Ridge Trailers will be at the expo offering several sweet horse trailer deals that you won’t find elsewhere.

Here’s your guide to the weekend.

What is the Horse World Expo?

Where:

Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA

When:

March 1 (12 pm to 8 pm)
March 2 (10 am to 8 pm)
March 3 (9 am to 8 pm)
March 4 (9 am to 5 pm)

Entry:

Daily general admission is just $12 ($6 for kids, free for kids under 6).

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Blue Ridge Trailer’s booth at this year’s Horse World Expo

As its name suggests, the Horse World Expo brings together a whole world of horse lovers. You’ll meet horse experts, owners, breeders, clinicians, entertainers and more.

It’s a wonderful event to network, shop, and enjoy equestrian demonstrations and competitions. There will be a number of speeches about everything from horsemanship to parenting a horse-loving kid, plus opportunities to ride.

Blue Ridge Trailers will be there all weekend—come find us at Booth Q!

Horse Trailer Deals to Look Out For

Blue Ridge Trailers is excited to offer a number of horse trailer deals especially to Horse World Expo attendees this weekend. The show discount prices below will qualify if the trailer is purchased on the show grounds (either taken day-of or with a deposit placed).

These include:

River Valley Custom Aluminum Carriage Trailer

horse trailer deals

2+1 gooseneck straight load
7’6” tall, 6’8” wide with 18’ horse area
With dress
Box stall doors
2 year structural warranty

The unique floor plan sets this trailer apart from the rest. You can move the straight load divider to either side, so you can load either a carriage or a golf cart into the front box stall. Then the divider moves back and secures for the loading of the horses.

The first 10 of these trailers sold will get a $1,000 discount for a show price of $25,995.

Homesteader Three-Horse Trailer

We’re offering this gooseneck slant load Homesteader trailer at a show discount price of $16,495.

Homestead Two-Horse Trailer

We’re offering this Homesteader trailer at a show discount price of $10,995. It’s a bumper pull, straight load trailer with no dress.

Hawk Two-Horse Trailer

Never back your horse out of your trailer again, thanks to the side ramp on this trailer! We’re offering this bumper pull straight load trailer at a show discount price of $18,895.

River Valley Two-Horse Trailer

Our River Valley two-horse, bumper pull straight load trailer has a 5’ dress. It will be available at a show discount price of $14,895.

 

Blue Ridge Trailers is always happy to answer questions and help you make the right decision for your horses. Contact us online or at (434) 985-4151. We hope to see you this weekend!

Got an Eye for Quality? Don’t Miss This Platinum Coach Horse Trailer for Sale

platinum coach horse trailer for saleEver seen one of those glossy luxury car commercials?

They’re all about craftsmanship, smooth handling, and joy rides that are both controlled, yet thrilling.

You can get all those same qualities from the right horse trailer.

Take Platinum Coach—or as we call it, the Rolls-Royce of horse trailers.

We’re excited to have a Platinum Coach horse trailer for sale here at Blue Ridge Trailers. If you’re looking for a high-performing trailer that handles as beautifully as it looks, here’s what you need to know.

What Sets Platinum Coach Apart?

If you’re familiar with Dream Coach trailers—which are sadly no longer being made—Platinum Coach is the only brand that achieves the same quality and craftsmanship, as far as we’ve ever seen. Here’s why:

Built with top-grade materials:

Platinum Coach trailers marry strength and craftsmanship. They’re built from aircraft-quality materials, at the hands of expert builders and welders. Each Platinum Coach is custom-made as a whole unit, rather than pieced together from mass-produced parts.

As soon as you open the doors or put your hands on the windows, you can tell the difference.

Durable:

It’s not all about appearances. Platinum Coach trailers have strict wall engineering and strong frames and floors, so you can expect them to last.

Unique:

Since every Platinum Coach trailer is custom-made, each one offers a unique look and experience for horse owners. The Platinum Coach horse trailer for sale at Blue Ridge Trailers is not something you’ll see anyone else hauling.

Tell Me About the Platinum Coach Horse Trailer for Sale at Blue Ridge Trailers!

Our Platinum Coach is a two-horse bumper pull straight load trailer, 7’ wide and 7’ 6” tall. It easily converts into a 10′ box stall simply by rearranging the padding inside.

There are two escape doors, each with drop windows as opposed to sliding windows, allowing for more ventilation than a comparable trailer would get. There’s also a window in the dress wall—again, for increased ventilation.

We’ve also added rumber flooring, which is made of durable but flexible boards of recycled plastic. Rumber flooring is not only durable and easy to clean, but it also reduces muscle fatigue for horses since it’s easier for them to stand on.

 

Want to learn more about Platinum Coach trailers and compare with other models? Check out the Blue Ridge Trailers inventory or contact us directly. We’re always happy to answer questions and help you make the right decision for your horse.

Should You Blanket Your Horse on Cold Hauls? Pro Trailer Temperature Advice

blanket your horseWouldn’t you love to see through your horse’s eyes?

We all want to know what our horses are feeling and what we can do to make them more secure and happy.

That’s especially true on a long road trip, when there are several potential opportunities for horse discomfort.

Unfortunately, until telepathy is possible, we’ll have to make do with what we’ve got. Tools like trailer temperature monitors can help us make crucial decisions for our horse’s health and comfort on a long haul.

Endurance rider Jo Christensen saw this for her own eyes recently on a cold road trip through Montana.

Her story caught our eye, and with her permission we’re sharing it here. If you’ve ever wondered whether you should blanket your horse to keep it warm on winter roads, you’ll want to read on to find out what she learned.

Jo’s Temperature Test Discovery

Below is an abridged version of Jo’s story. Read the whole post here.

Temperatures inside horse trailers are a concern to most endurance riders I know. We tend to haul very long distances, both in the heat and in the cold. I had to do some winter hauling today and before I left, I installed a temperature monitor inside my horse trailer. What I discovered was surprising and fascinating and changed my mind about what I thought was going on back there…

I hung the sensor in a mesh bag (good air flow) about halfway up the side of the wall in the trailer that encloses the rear tack room. I didn’t put it on the roof (heat rises) or near the floor (cold air sinks). My trailer is a 3 horse slantload, and I put it in the stall that did not have a horse in it. It was not hanging on an exterior wall. My trailer is not insulated- no living quarters, just a standard small dressing area in the front.

The trailer did have about 3 inches of hard encrusted snow insulating the roof-this snow stayed the entire journey.

The side windows could not be opened- they were encrusted with ice- however we opened all three roof vents to their maximum extent.

When we left our house in the Bitterroot, the temp inside and outside the trailer both read 20 degrees.

Along our route, outside temps dropped as low as 14 degrees. At the same time, temps in the trailer NEVER dropped below 39 degrees. For the vast majority of the journey, the trailer was holding at 44 degrees. Temps inside the trailer were ALWAYS OVER TWENTY DEGREES WARMER than the outside.

The Blue Ridge Trailers team recently took a trip from Virginia to South Carolina with a temperature monitor in our horses’ trailers.

We similarly noticed that even leaving at 7 a.m. in 20-degree weather, the trailer got warm and toasty pretty quickly.

So What Does This Mean for Your Own Road Trips?

Jo offered some key takeaways if you’re thinking to blanket your horse:

First of all, it’s very easy to monitor temps in your trailer and I would highly encourage everyone to do it!

Secondly, I cannot believe how fast two horses could heat up a 3 horse trailer in very cold weather and keep it warm. I never dreamed that horses radiate that much heat. And to think I had been considering blanketing them.

Of course the need to blanket and other things might be different if your horses are body clipped or your trailer is different. And of course this is an enclosed gooseneck, not a stockside trailer. But rather than just guess what might be going on back there and whether it is appropriate for your clipped horse (or sick horse or…?) just go get a temperature monitor and find out!

Like Jo, our sales associate Julie Williamson reiterated that every horse and every trailer are different. Rather than relying only on a temperature monitor before you blanket your horse, she advised, use it as a tool so you know when to put a physical hand on your horse and assess how warm it is.

Ultimately, the key is to be aware of your environment and actively checking in with your horse. Don’t assume that what you feel and see outside your truck window corresponds to how your horse is feeling.

 

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