RIVER VALLEY SPOTLIGHT: Technology Matters in Horse Trailers

Improvements in technology make things better in our lives. This is especially true in horse trailer construction. Important innovations at the RIVER VALLEY (www.rivervalleyaluminumhorsetrailers.com) horse trailer plant include 20 Year Warranty Rumber Flooring (www.rumber.com), hot dipped galvanized steel frame/floor supports and interlocking insulated wall panels. These construction features make RIVER VALLEY a more comfortable and safer ride for your horses and contribute to long term durability of your trailer.

river-valley-logoRumber flooring was introduced into horse trailers in 1992. The tongue and groove boards are installed running front to back in a trailer. They are supported underneath with side to side floor supports, approximately 12″ to 15″ apart. In between these floor supports, Rumber boards will “flex,” thus reducing physiologic stress on joints and soft tissue. Horses experience less muscle fatigue, and there are no floor mats to pull when cleaning the trailer. Continue reading

Trailering Your Horse: Pre-Departure Safety Checklist

horse-trailering-saftey-checklistLoading your horse into a trailer can be a stressful event. Knowing your trailer and towing vehicle are prepared properly can ease the stress of travel. Take a moment to print out this checklist to keep in your trailer.

Before your trip make sure the vehicle maintenance and trailer maintenance are current. This is very important because towing puts additional stress on the tow vehicle.

  • Check and correct tire pressure on the tow vehicle and trailer
  • Make sure the wheel lug nuts/bolts on the tow vehicle and trailer are tightened to the correct torque. Continue reading

10 Ways to Keep Your Horse Cool During Travel

rumber-trailerThe summer time has a number of horse related activities that we love to attend – horse shows, rodeos, trail riding, and more. It is hard as horse owners to not transport your horse in hot weather and this summer has been exceptionally hot in many areas. Trailering your horse in hot weather can actually be more dangerous than you think. Use these tips to avoid scorching heat and stress that can go along with that:

  1. Easy on the electrolytes. Many people say that you should provide your horse with plenty of electrolytes because they sweat and lose nutrients in the summer. Although this is true, providing your horse with electrolytes before trailering can be a bad idea. Giving your horse electrolytes and not providing enough water while on the road can cause your horse to become severely dehydrated. If you do give your horse electrolytes, offer him water every couple of hours.
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5 East Coast Horse Vacation Destinations

East Coast Horse VacationsSummer is here –  finally!  For horse lovers this season is glorious.  It is a time we can get out and ride with no cold weather to deter us.  Heading out in search of new trails is half of the fun.  Based on research and reviews these 5 horseback riding spots warrant a closer look for sure.  So get out there for a great family vacation and you take your horse or try out a ranch horse.  All of the destinations on the list are on the east coast and have not been visited by Rob or Donna Martin.

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#1 – Shangrila Guest Ranch, South Boston, VA Continue reading

Why Rumber Floors are a Must

rumber trailerImprovements 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

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Is your Horse Safe in your Trailer

Horse in TrailerOur 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

Virginia State Trailer Inspections

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

Three Different Types of Trailer Tying

Miniature Shetland wearing custom travel bootsTrailer 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