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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.

Hot weather can pose serious health problems for animals both two-legged and four-legged, including dehydration, heat stroke and exhaustion. USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for equestrians, encourages horse owners to take steps to prevent these ailments...
After several years of analyzing accidents involving horse trailers, USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for horse owners, has developed a checklist to help equestrians avoid accidents on the road. “We believe you can never over-prepare for...
Are you eager to compete with your horse this season, but have no way to transport him to shows? Do you have an extra space on your trailer? Or do you just want to save money this season by...
Horses rest in the trailer after arriving at their destination. Teaching your horse to unload carefully will make all of your travels safer and easier. Photo: Bugeater/flickr.com.Many people think that once they’ve taught their horses to load, their trailering...

Trailer Tips

• Lubricate the hitch ball with some sort of grease. Never let it get dry. • Remember to shut windows to prevent rain from getting into the trailer when it’s not being used. • Always hose off floors and mats if...

Caution, Railroad Crossing

Getting your horse trailer stuck on the railroad tracks with your horses inside is a nightmare scenario but one that’s far too common according to the equestrian roadside assistance provider USRider. While studying more than 200 horse trailer accidents,...
Research from the roadside assistance program USRider and large-animal rescue experts Drs. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez shows that improper maintenance, operator error and equipment mismatch cause the majority of horse trailer wrecks. After three years of study, the following...

On the Road

When traveling with your horse, whether it’s local or across state lines, government officials are probably going to ask you for certain documentation along the way. A health certificate and proof of a negative Coggins test may be all...

Hauling Tips

The Center for Equine Health at UC Davis recently conducted studies on transported horses. The following tips are among their recommendations: • Avoid shipping sick horses unless it's an emergency.• During long trips (six to eight hours) avoid restricting the horse's head...
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