3 Trailer Safety Checks You’ve Been Skipping
Whether you’re hauling out for a show, or a weekend of camping and trail rides, trailer safety is essential. You should always check your equipment and make sure everything is in working order before you travel with horses. The last thing you want is to have a breakdown while you are out on the road.
There are things you probably check every time your tire pressure, the oil level in the truck, and a general sweep for hazards in the horse compartment. But, Nichole with M & N ranch, brought up 3 tips that people often forget and we wanted to share them with you.
Before You Travel With Horses:
- Check your spare tire – A tire blowout is bad enough, but bad becomes much worse if your spare tire is cracked from the sun or flat because it’s lost air over time. Make it part of your routine to check your spare tire whenever you check the rest of your tires (we recommend before every trip if you go less than once a month). This way, you can be confident that a simple tire change will have you back on the road if you get a flat.
- Keep an extra halter and lead in the trailer – Horses are accident-prone. We’re 99% sure that’s a scientifically proven fact. They find trouble in the safest of spaces, and sometimes this means breaking equipment. You don’t want a loose horse with no way to catch it. Have an extra halter and lead with you so if one breaks you can quickly grab the spare and catch your horse as quickly as possible.
- Always have at least 5 gallons of water per horse with you – you never know when you could get held up along the way. Maybe that tire change is taking a while and your horse is getting hot. Perhaps there is an accident, and you find yourself stuck in traffic for a few hours. Having water onboard means you can keep everyone hydrated during unexpected delays.
Traveling with your horse should be a fun experience, but we know all too well that it can be stressful if things don’t go as planned. Being prepared for the unexpected helps ensure that you can handle small bumps in the road with ease and be on your way in no time.
Go Horse has an emergency help filter. If you do get into trouble while trailering your horses you can use it to search for help near you.