Trailer safety: Carry two spare tires when traveling with your horse


Horse trailerThe side of the road is a dangerous place to be, especially when you have horses onboard.

As a conscientious horse owner, you should try to minimize that time. One way to do that,
according to Bill Riss, managing member of USRider, a roadside assistance plan designed
with horse owners in mind, is to carry not one, but two spare tires when trailering your

Statistics show that tire failure is the most common cause of roadside disablements. Riss
added, “In USRider’s 10 years of providing service to our Members, we have seen a trend of
a high incidence of disablements where replacement of two tires on the same side of a
trailer was required, either due to encountering the same road hazard or the failure of
one tire causing the failure of a second.”

With only one spare tire available, the disablement will take much longer to remedy since
a second tire will have to be located and delivered to the scene or – even more
time-consuming – towing will be required. A second spare could provide a simple and prompt

To minimize the length of time spent on the side of the road awaiting assistance, USRider
urges horse owners to begin carry two mounted spares.

“While we are able to deliver service in these situations, it is sometimes a challenge to
procure the correct tire and find a service provider with the ability to mount a tire on
the side of the highway. Horse owners can greatly enhance their safety and the safety of
their Horses by carrying a second mounted spare,” said Riss.

USRider recommends that only a qualified, trained mechanic change a tire. If, in an
emergency, a non-qualified individual changes the tire, the vehicle should be taken to a
qualified mechanic as soon as possible to ensure that the tire is properly torqued.

When purchasing a new trailer, it would be advisable to purchase a second spare mount. For
existing trailers, visit a reputable trailer dealer to discuss options for mounting a
second spare.

Further Reading
Trailering Checklist
Safe Trailering

With an annual fee comparable to that of other roadside assistance programs, USRider
offers the typical flat-tire repair, battery assistance and lockout services, plus
benefits designed with horse owners in mind, including towing and roadside repairs for tow
vehicles and trailers with Horses, emergency stabling, veterinary referrals and more.

USRider provides roadside assistance and towing services along with other travel-related
benefits to its Members through the Equestrian Motor Plan. It includes standard features
such as flat-tire repair, battery assistance and lockout services, plus towing up to 100
miles plus roadside repairs for tow vehicles and trailers with horses, emergency stabling,
veterinary referrals and more. For more information about the USRider Equestrian Motor
Plan, visit online or call (800) 844-1409.

For additional safety tips, visit the Equine Travel Safety Area on the USRider website at


  1. interesting. it has never crossed my mind to have a second spare. i will be replacing my spare tire this year anyway, so when i go to purchase it, i will purchase 2 instead of 1 along with another rim! my trailer is getting a makeover by my husband anyways right now, so looks like we are going to be adding a second spare tire mount to the list. thanks for the tip.


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