Important and not-so-obvious things you better have in your horse trailer

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Important and not-so-obvious things you better have in your horse trailer

If you own a horse (or several… who’s counting?) and a horse trailer you probably travel a fair amount with your horse in tow. Whether you are just hauling your horse 10 minutes down the road to a lesson or you are heading out of state to a big horse show, any trip with your horse is a big responsibility. The combination of horses and traffic means you always need to expect the unexpected. Therefore, you should never leave the barn without these must-haves in your horse trailer:

Things to change a tire
You never know when you are going to blow a tire on the road and you don’t want to be stuck with your poor horse sitting in a little box. So make sure you first know how to change a tire (if you don’t then get watching internet tutorial videos or ask a handy friend to teach you) and then don’t forget all the tools you’ll need such as:

  • A tire iron that fits the tires for your trailer
  • Trailer block that you can drive up onto
  • WD40
  • A special head for a wrench if you have decorative lug nut covers.

First aid items for your horse
Horses are savants when it comes to finding ways to injure themselves even in the safest scenarios. So you better have these equine first-aid basics on hand:

  • Vet wrap (LOTS)
  • Gauze
  • Roll cotton
  • Leg wraps (stable bandages and pillow wraps)
  • Bute
  • Mineral oil
  • Thermometer
  • Antimicrobial skin and wound cleanser
  • Eye saline solution
  • Scissors
  • Latex gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Pliers or nippers (to pull nails)
  • Extra halters and lead ropes (horses tend to break things)

 


 

Horse care items
Because you never know when your trip might go longer than you intended. So make sure you pack:

  • A large jug of water and a bucket to pour some in
  • Extra hay
  • A skip bucket, pitchfork and broom

Human comfort things
Pack these items to ensure you are comfortable on your journey, no matter what gets thrown your way:

  • Spare clothing (even underwear!)
  • Rain gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Advil
  • A human first aid kid
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Bottled water and some non-perishable snacks such as granola bars
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Toilet paper (outhouses can run low)
  • Folding chairs

Horse show backup items: 
You are human, and therefore you are liable to forget things. Likewise, your horse could also break something important leaving you in a bit of a pickle. Always have these things living in your trailer 24/7:

  • An extra set of reins
  • Extra stirrup leathers
  • Your collection of bits
  • A complete set of grooming brushes
  • A cooler for your horse
  • Saddle pads
  • Hairnet
  • Riding gloves

 

Don’t wait until you wish you had these things in your horse trailer, pack them in there NOW and happy travels this season!  

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