Busy-Trav­eler’s Trailer-Load­ing Check­list

Trail Rider - - SEASONAL GUIDE -

Fall’s cool days en­hance haul­ing com­fort for both you and your horse, open­ing up end­less trail op­por­tu­ni­ties. Fall also means trai­ler­ing to year-end shows.

As you en­ter this busy haul­ing sea­son, it’s good to fol­low a check­list so you don’t skip im­por­tant safety steps, es­pe­cially if you’re in a hurry.

If the load­ing and un­load­ing process isn’t done in the right or­der, even the calmest horse can spook, step back, or slip, caus­ing a harm­ful chain re­ac­tion. For in­stance, if your horse is tied in your trailer, but knows the back door is open for es­cape, he might pull back and panic when he can’t get free. The panic ses­sion will com­pound when he hears the loud echo as he slips and scram­bles on a metal floor.

Fol­low this check­list from top trainer/ clin­i­cian Julie Good­night for safe load­ing and un­load­ing ev­ery time.

Load­ing Your Horse

Pre­pare your trailer. Leave your horse in his pen. Hitch your trailer to your tow ve­hi­cle. (As you do, check all lights and blink­ers, brake con­nec­tions, and tire pres­sure.) Drive your trailer to a flat, open area clear of de­bris. Se­curely close all trailer doors and win-

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