Improvements in technology make things better in our lives. This is particularly true with respect to horse trailer construction. Innovations include
- Aluminum construction for lighter weight and lack of surface and frame rust (which reduces trailer life, affects appearance and resale value)
- Rubber torsion axles providing a lifetime of low vibration suspension
- Radial tires for less vibration and greater durability
- One-piece aluminum roofs for longer life
- 20 Year Warranty Rumber
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. Continue reading
- Extra halter and lead
I keep tools in a portable box (mine is a step ladder) and my first aid supplies in a plastic tote, the most important thing is that you know where they all are and can EASILY get to them. Continue reading
What You Need to Know About Virginia State Trailer Inspections
The great Commonwealth of Virginia, thankfully, requires that any trailer with a brake, undergo a state certified inspection once every 12 months. This requirement does tend to keep those dangerous rigs, currently being held together by baling twine, off the highway. The state police do a relatively good job, considering ever limited resources, in policing this law. We can rest a little easier because our fellow horsemen are by in large obeying this requirement.
This is the good news. The bad news is that state inspection requirements are relatively basic and do not encompass all of those things that should be inspected, at least once every year, regardless of how often your trailer is being used. Continue reading
It is important to drive safely, especially when you are hauling horses. It is even more important to drive safely in winter weather conditions. Not only do you want to ensure that your trailer is safe to drive in the winter weather, you also want to make sure that you drive accordingly to the conditions. Here are some tips to help to haul safely this winter: Continue reading
Trailer tying is a common practice that every horse owner should use when transporting horses. The purpose of a trailer tie is to prevent a horse from turning around in the trailer and causing themselves to get into an uncomfortable or dangerous position while in transport. Horses, however, pose a unique challenge due to their “flight” response when alarmed. A trailer tie should be secure but should also break free if the horse becomes panicked. There are several different types of trailer ties that can be used. Continue reading
Trailer shopping requires many decisions. The most important decision to make when purchasing a trailer is the type of trailer – gooseneck or bumper pull. Each type of trailer has pros and cons. You will be able to use this information to decide which type of trailer is right for you. Continue reading
Traveling during the summer doesn’t seem all that bad? You hop in your truck, crank up the air, put on some tunes, and you are on your way! Unfortunately, your horses don’t feel the same way. That trailer is HOT. If the trailer is not properly ventilated, it is like a sauna on wheels! Not only can a hot trailer cause heat stress for your horse, it can also cause heat exhaustion which can be life threatening.
Your trailer doesn’t have to have air conditioning to stay cool. There are several different things you can do to keep your horses cool while going down the road. Here are seven ways to do just that: Continue reading
Whether it is your first time traveling with your horse or you consider yourself a seasoned veteran, preparing can be stressful. The last thing you want to be doing is scrambling around the morning of the event to gather last minute items. I’ve decided to make my life a little easier by making a checklist. This list contains everything and anything you will need to get you through your show. Continue reading
Finally, sweet summertime! The opportunities that await us are endless – horse shows, rodeos, camping, trail riding, and more! Some events are right around the corner while others could be hours, maybe even days, away. When traveling during the summer months, it is important as horse owners to be cautious of the oven-like temperatures and stresses that can occur in your horse trailer. Here are a few things to keep in mind while traveling: Continue reading