I am by no means an expert in the art of hauling horses but I have hauled various rigs shorter and longer distances and wanted to share the things that I have learned through all of this that might not come right to mind.
The very basic check list for getting ready to haul and actually hauling includes:
- Check tire pressure of trailer and hauling vehicle
- Hitch up trailer
- Coupler locked
- Safety chains hooked up
- Electric connected
- Check lights (running, brakes, turn signals)
- Load up
- Easy access to a medial kit and water
There are a lot of varied opinions about what side of the trailer a lone horse should go on and I am not going to battle with anyone about what side is right or wrong just like I am not going to try to get in debate about appropriate hauling vehicles or trailers. Be safe and smart people. Open
I will say that I generally like to put a bumper on my Annie’s head because she likes to giraffe and either shipping boots or bandages – those are personal preferences and also probably depend on the horse and length of the trip. Another thing that I do when I can is pack feet with magic cushion. A farrier recommended it for longer hauls and I figure it can’t hurt anything besides my pocket book.
After the general safety items are checked off and you have checked your supplies I think its really important to makes sure you plan out your trip – US Rider will also add a lot of peace of mind! I personally like to stop at least once for any haul over 2-3 hours and offer water/ let the horses have a break. For longer hauls (more than 8 or so hours) I would also recommend finding some kind of layover option or at least somewhere to let your horse take a break.
Do any of you all have thoughts or tips that I missed?