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Horse Trailering

Trailering a horse is the only way to get him from point A to point B for moving to a new barn or for attending a horse show, competition, trail ride, or other equine event. Horse Illustrated's articles cover how to trailer train your horse, what to look for in one when you're in the market to purchase, how to maintain your equipment (including the towing vehicle), how to plan your excursions away from home, keeping your horse healthy for the ride, towing capacities, how to hitch up, seasonal differences for traveling, hiring a transportation company if you need, and so much more.

Here are 10 tips about how to safely load your horse into a trailer:Be safe: Wear gloves, boots, and helmet. Protect your horse’s legs during training with standing wraps or shipping boots. Use a head bumper if your...

Happy Trailers

 Trail riders living on expansive acreage, close to public lands, or next to accommodating neighbors are the fortunate few. Most of us have to haul out when we want to enjoy a ride in the great outdoors.It’s hard...
If you travel with horses at all, it’s likely there will be a time when you’re hauling just far enough to make an overnight stop a wise decision for your horse’s health. Whether you’re heading to a far-away horse...
 You've done your research and bought the trailer that best suits your needs and is appropriate for your tow vehicle. Now it’s time to hitch up! It’s extremely important to complete the hitching process in the exact same order...
   Q: How often do you need to stop and offer your horse water during a long-distance trailer ride? And how often should horses be allowed off the trailer to stretch their legs?A: As you suspect, trailering is not only...
When you don’t own your own truck and trailer, finding ways to get out and about can be difficult. If you don’t want to relegate your horse to being a homebody forever, you’ll need to explore your options for...
In Part 1 of Road-Ready Tips for Hauling Horses, we looked at routine cleaning and checking of your horse trailer. In Part 2, we looked at the maintenance that needs to be performed before your first trip of the...
If you’ve been to any equine event, you’ve likely seen a horse steadfastly refusing to load into a trailer and a group of frustrated humans determined to change his mind. It’s the perfect recipe for someone to get hurt....

Healthy Hauling

One of the joys of owning a horse is the ability to explore new places, attend riding clinics, and show off your horse’s talent at events and competitions. All of these adventures usually require hauling a horse off the...
Once you’ve decided to buy a trailer, you’ll find an almost endless array of choices. How do you pick the best one, and how can you know it’s safe? Follow our experts’ advice and avoid trouble down the road. Narrow...
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