As the show season starts to come into view, there's a lot to prepare for. Training your horse, getting your registration in , finding time to sleep. In the middle of all of these preparations, it's important to consider the safety of you, your horse and any travelling companions you may have. Here are some things to keep in mind as you hit the road again this spring.
Trailering a horse can be a difficult task. It can be even more difficult when you don't have the right equipment! Before you pull out of your driveway, make sure that you have taken a close look at your trailer, hitch and wiring. Do you have the right size ball on your truck? Can you hitching mechanism handle the load which you are about to haul? All tires on the towing vehicle and trailer should be checked to be sure the air pressure is appropriate. If you have a dually, check the inside tires and always remember the spare! Also, make sure the flooring of the trailer is in good condition. Pull up any mats and look under them - floorboards can rot through and you may not even know. The bearings should be checked and greased annually, as well. For a full checklist of important things to bring with you on your trip, click here.
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