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​ Horse Trailer Safety: 5 Tips for Traveling with a Horse

Jay Ross - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

 

Towing an equine trailer can be a stressful experience for both you and your horse. But as with most difficult tasks, preparation is the key to alleviating some of that anxiety and ensuring that everything goes smoothly. Here’s what you can do to make your next trip as safe as possible.

 

Inspect your vehicle and trailer.

 

Before you get on the road, make sure your vehicle, equine trailer and hitch are properly attached and in excellent condition. Check the lights, brakes, doors, vents, loading ramps, tires and anything else that’s essential for a safe ride. Do this days in advance so you have time to fix any issues that you may discover.

 

Drive cautiously.

 

Traveling with a horse necessitates extremely cautious driving—not only for your horse’s safety, but for the safety of you and other drivers on the road. Visibility is key, so consider using a rear-view camera to see what’s happening behind you. Drive carefully, putting plenty of distance between you and other vehicles, and be prepared to stop gradually without having to slam the brakes.

 

Provide plenty of food and clean water.

 

Keeping your horse fed and hydrated during a long trip is essential. Hang a hay bag near your horse’s head so that he has easy access to a constant food source. Water can be a little trickier. Since many horses will only drink their home water, be sure to bring enough water with you for the long ride.

 

Be prepared for emergencies.

 

You never know what can happen while traveling with a horse, so it’s smart to be prepared for any emergencies that may arise. Your veterinarian can advise you on what to include in an equine first aid kit. It’s also a good idea to bring an emergency road kit in case you have any problems with your vehicle or equine trailer.

 

Monitor your horse’s behavior.

 

Traveling can be incredibly stressful for a horse, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on their behavior throughout the trip. One of the best ways to do this is with an equine trailer camera system, like Hyndsight Journey. This way, you can monitor your horse the entire time you’re on the road. Don’t forget that even with a camera system in place, you should still stop every 2-3 hours to check on your horse.

Do you have any tips for traveling with a horse? Contact us today!