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.