Transporting Your Horse Safely in a Trailer
Whether you are taking your horse to a show or you need to take it somewhere for medical treatment, safely getting it loaded into a trailer can be a difficult task. To help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, there are a few steps you should be sure to take.
First of all, if you are only hauling one horse, the horse should be loaded on the driver’s side of the trailer. If two horses are being transported, the heavier should be placed on the driver’s side. This will help to keep the trailer balanced when driving over roads that are crowned higher in the middle.
Before leaving for your trip, you should also check over your vehicle and trailer. This includes ensuring all of the fluids are filled and the ball on the tow vehicle is the right size for the trailer You should also check the tire pressure as well as the lug nuts on the wheels. If you are driving a new trailer or one on which the wheels have just been replaced, you should stop after the first 10 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles of travel to check and retorque the lug nuts.
By following these simple steps, you will ensure your horse is transported safely to your new destination.