An­other Pearl of Wis­dom


I’m the head vol­un­teer for horse trans­port for the Western States Trail Ride (Te­vis Cup) and have been pulling horse trail­ers for 40 years. I’m writ­ing in re­gards to the first pearl in “6 Pearls of Wis­dom” ( Hitch Up & Go, May ’16). In the ex­am­ple given, the nut that held the ball mount in place had come loose.

I’d like to add that the main rea­son the ball works loose is due to the torque ap­plied to the ball when­ever you turn your rig. Fric­tion be­tween the ball and cou­pler ap­plies torque to the ball mount. This causes the ball to turn a tiny amount —

Yes, every time I ride. I had a se­ri­ous open head in­jury about 40 years ago af­ter be­ing thrown from a horse. My brain is pre­cious, and I don’t want to go through that again. I’m now a se­nior cit­i­zen, and I ride only good, broke horses to min­i­mize my risks, but ac­ci­dents can hap­pen at any time. It’s just not worth it. Karen Pando

I started wear­ing a hel­met years ago. I’m very glad I wear one. A few years ago, my sweet, steady Morgan tripped at a fast can­ter and rolled on hard-packed gravel. I hit my head hard, smashed my hel­met, and suf­fered a con­cus­sion, but I re­cov­ered fairly quickly. I shud­der to think what my life would be like if I hadn’t had that hel­met on. It doesn’t mat­ter how skilled you maybe 1/10,000 of an inch or less. Over time, it adds up.

You can elim­i­nate torque trans­fer by sim­ply lu­bri­cat­ing the ball and cou­pler. The ball won’t come loose, and it re­duces wear. Jon Saunders Cool, Cal­i­for­nia

Karen Pando of Al­toona, Florida, rid­ing in the Ge­or­gia moun­tains last fall wear­ing her ASTM-ap­proved, SEI-cer­ti­fied rid­ing hel­met.

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