When it’s time to hit the road with your horse for a show, a haul to a trail ride, or even an emergency, take the time and prepare you, your horse and truck/trailer for when you do have to haul. We’ve put together a reference of items you may need during traveling or an emergency.

For your horse while in the trailer:

  • Halter with lead
  • Leg wraps or shipping boots
  • Head bumper
  • Sheet or blanket (depending on the time of year)

For your trailer:

  • Hay bags
  • Bale of hay
  • 5-20 gallons of water (enough to give your horse for drinking, sponging if it should become overheated, or washing out wounds if it gets injured)
  • Broom, shovel and manure fork
  • Muck bucket
  • Buckets (For drinking water and/or for sponging)
  • Sponges
  • Fly Spray
  • Bedding
  • Extra halters and leads
  • Equine First Aid Kit
  • Grooming items (i.e., hoof pick, currycomb, dandy brush, body brush)
  • Trailer Maintenance Items
    • Spare tire, jack, tire iron, bulbs, fuses
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Tape–Electrical and Duct
    • Emergency flares/triangles/cones
    • Knife and/or scissors
    • Lubricant such as WD-40
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Winter Items
    • Sand and/or salt
    • Extra horse blankets
    • Matches, lighters and/or candles
    • Tire chains

For the Truck/Tow vehicle:

  • Proper paperwork
    • Registration and proof of insurance for the vehicle and trailer
    • Negative Coggins Test and/or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
    • Emergency directions and phone numbers in case of an accident
  • Vehicle Maintenance Items
    • Spare tire, jack and tire iron
    • Tool kit or extra set of tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.)
    • Tow chain
    • Spare fuses, belts and hoses
    • Mechanic gloves
    • Air compressor (portable)
    • Jumper cables
  • Extra cash/credit cards
  • Atlas or GPS unit
  • First Aid kit
  • Cell phone
  • Winter–Human blankets

Please note: These items are for reference only. You may need additional items to suit your travel needs. You should always check your truck and trailer prior to departure for proper hook-up and any mechanical issues. If you have any questions, please contact your local horse professional or your veterinarian.



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