Load Up Right

Trail Rider - - TRIP TIPS - — Tom Scheve and Neva Kittrell Scheve

Load your horse into your trailer for op­ti­mal weight dis­tri­bu­tion, as fol­lows: • If you’re haul­ing only one horse in a straight-load trailer, load him on the driver’s side. Most two-lane roads crown in the mid­dle. Your horse will be more bal­anced if he’s rid­ing above the high­est part of the road rather than to the out­side. • If you’re haul­ing two horses in a straight-load, two-horse trailer, put the heav­ier horse on the driver’s side. • If you’re haul­ing one horse in a slant-load trailer, load him into the stall clos­est to your tow ve­hi­cle. Most trail­ers will pull bet­ter when the weight is con­sol­i­dated in the same place.

As you load your horse, con­sider weight dis­tri­bu­tion to help keep your trailer mov­ing smoothly.

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