June 12, 2014, 9:33 am
When you take on the responsibility of owning a horse, you need to be aware of the difficulties in transportation. No matter what type of riding you do, be it show jumping, cross country or even recreational riding you will have to transport your horse at one point or another. Because these magnificent creatures are so large, this can be a huge challenge – especially if you’ve never done it before. Here’s everything you need to know for transporting a horse in a trailer.
Before you do anything else, you need to know that the trailer and vehicle you’re using to tow are suitable for the task at hand. If you are planning on going off-road then you will need a four wheel drive vehicle, as this will ensure the vehicle and trailer don’t slip and lose control – many equestrians choose the Mitsubishi L200 for this task due to its high towing weight.The trailer needs to be the right size for your horse. Giving them enough room to stand and make adjustments, but not so much or too little room that they are struggling to stand up. If the trailer is not the right size then your horse could become injured during transport.
The first step in preparing the trailer is attaching it to the vehicle. You need the hitch to be positioned above the tow bar before lowering the trailer using the jockey wheel. Once you’ve got the hitch into place on the tow bar you want to retract the rest of the jockey wheel and ensure that the lever is tightened. This will stop the jockey wheel from coming down while you’re driving, which can cause a loud scraping noise if it comes in contact with the ground which will scare your horse.
Make sure that the safety brake cable is attached to the vehicle and check to see that the brake lights and indicators on the trailer are working properly. If the weather is warm then make sure that the vents are open to prevent your horse from getting too hot.
It is vital that the horse is comfortable for the journey and one way of doing this is ensuring they are appropriately dressed. If the weather is cold, make sure that they are rugged and wrap their legs to protect them from wind rash on long journeys.
There are several types of protection available to keep your horse safe, from poll guards to tail bandages. This will stop them from throwing their heads around and causing injury to themselves by falling or bashing against the trailer.
When you get on the road, make sure that you drive as smoothly as possible so that your horse isn’t thrown around the trailer. Take corners very slowly and pay attention for any noises or commotion coming from the trailer as this can give you an early alert if something isn’t right. Being able to look at the trailer through a rear window is a great benefit here, as you will be able to see that your horse is traveling well.
That’s really all there is to transporting horses, the most essential part is having the right equipment to start with. Don’t worry if you are slow or do some things wrong the first time round, the more you do it the better and faster you will be. To find out more about how the L200 is the perfect towing vehicle, visit our showroom today!