Traveling With Your Horse

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By Cary L. Szuwalski


When you are preparing to travel with your horse, packing is an organizational challenge. Every horse traveling is more than likely to be accompanied by a mound of equipment. The key to efficient packing is to stow first those items that you won’t need until you arrive at your destination, such as your show equipment if you are going to a show. The things that should be packed last are those things that you will need to use while you are on the road. Here is a list of items that you should pack within easy reach. In an emergency, you don’t want to have to sort through odds and ends to get to the necessities.


  • important documents: CVIs, vehicle and trailer registration and insurance
  • telephone numbers and directions to your locations
  • cellular phone
  • road atlas
  • cash and credit cards
  • names and telephone numbers of veterinarians and farriers along the way
  • first-aid kits for horses and humans
  • clean buckets, sterile towels and rags
  • water container
  • fly repellent
  • hoof pick
  • twitch
  • knife
  • wire cutters
  • hammer
  • flashlight
  • fire extinguisher
  • extra double-ended panic snaps
  • lariat or lungeline
  • hobbles
  • extra halters and lead ropes
  • reflective triangles
  • flares
  • red flag
  • chock (tire) blocks
  • tool kit
  • tire iron and jack
  • jumper cables
  • tire chains
  • tow chain
  • replacement fuses
  • electrical and duct tape
  • gas can
  • motor oil
  • coolant
  • hose
  • windshield scraper, shovel and sand (if traveling in winter)
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