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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.

A horse relaxes in the trailer after the completion of a safe journey. Here's how to make sure your travels are safe and relaxing, too. Photo: Lesley Ward  A fragile treasure needs to be layered in bubble-wrap and carefully nestled...
Horses relax in a parked slant-load trailer. Photo: Lesley Ward  Buying a trailer can be a very stressful decision. Not only do you need to make sure any trailer you buy fits with your budget and lifestyle, you need to...
Hooking a trailer quickly and correctly requires practice and patience. In order to make sure your trailer is hooked correctly, it’s important to follow the same steps, in the same order, every time you hook and unhook to your...
  Your horse’s survival instincts encourage him to seek wide open spaces and steer him clear of confinement. The last place a prey animal wants to find himself is trapped inside a box. Nevertheless, you’ll need to transport...
Scrambling to locate spurs or hoof polish in your trailer is no way to begin a successful show day and can send your stress level through the roof. There are multiple ways to alleviate this added angst on show...
Planes, trains and automobiles – the ability to move horses across the country, and even around the world, has come a long way. Although equine transportation is readily accessible in many forms, it is not natural for horses, and...
Examine the hitch, chains, and electrical connections.The condition and air pressure of all tires--including the spare--should be checked. Look for weak spots in the trailer floor, whether it's aluminum or wood.Before purchasing a new trailer or embarking...

Horses in Flight

Traveling from oversees for the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, can be troublesome for people, but the equine athletes journey in more comfort than the human participants and spectators. While people face cramped seating, security check-ins, and lost luggage,...
Trailers are either straight-load (horses face straight ahead while traveling) or slant-load (horses stand at an angle). While most horses prefer to travel straight, a slant-load allows for more horses (or a larger tack/living area) to fit in the...
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