Originally Posted by Corporal
Now, I'm sounding like a nag, but I ALMOST FORGOT--use a lot of white lithium grease on the ball. Ceratinly use more than is recommended. It always helps, and it never hurts to use too much, although you might get some on your clothes.=b The hitch and the ball are always moving around.
I keep a small tub of axle grease in the trailers tack room. Everytime I hook up, pop the lid off, turn upside down, dip it onto the ball and I now have one nicely greased ball. I do this for each and every trip, even if it's for a 15 minute trip down to a park. It's a quick, convenient and a clean way to grease which means I will do it evertime instead of coming up with a reason not to.
I've done some long trailering trips with the horses (up to 1600 miles) and how I handle it depends on the situation.
-Less then 4 hrs I drive straight through.
-Full day of driving I stop every 4hrs, I need to stretch my legs and they need rest theirs. At lunch/dinner time they get some food and water while I fill up on food and water. I'll also take them out for a bit at that time if it is a safe environment to do so.
-Overnight accomodations depend on what I'm doing. If it's a camping trip then I camp just like every other night with horses on a tie line or stalls if available at that camp site. When just traveling from point A to B then I look on line to see if there is any horse hotels in the area of a planned stop. If not, I will leave them in the trailer overnight in a hotel parking lot.
-Get a horse trailer water tank installed if you don't have one already.
-Think about getting water tight corner feeders for your horse trailer if you have a slant load. Not sure if there is something similar for straight loads but probably is. I put water and feed in there so they can stay hydrated and full. Just remember to dump it out a couple times (at least once) a day so the hay doesn't start to ferment.
-Get your coggins and brand inspections for when hauling out of state and keep them on you along with your other horse papers. You never know when you have to pull over and show them. A lot of states require horse trailers to pull over at weight stations along with trucks. They may wave you on or they just might pull you over for a full inspection, just like a trucker, you had best make sure everything is kosher. Without coggins and brand testing they may quarantine your horse or just might make you call a vet on an emergency call and come out to do it. That can be quite spendy and time consuming. Of course while waiting they just might get bored and inspect your tow vehicle and trailer, make sure they are in good shape too.
-If you have to overnight with your horses in the trailer, slap a padlock on the trailer door. You'll sleep much better knowing someone can't be stealing your horses.