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post #11 of 32 Old 04-19-2013, 11:21 AM
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Has anyone mentioned a comfortable chair and small folding table?
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post #12 of 32 Old 04-19-2013, 01:31 PM
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Congrats on your new toy!! We keep a checklist for hooking up. Believe it or not my daughter hooks up the trailer on her own with me watching. I back the truck up while she guides me in - she's a very independent kid. We also have a huge first aid kit that never leaves the trailer. We also always have a cooler/sheet of some sort in the trailer. Other than that we load things depending on where we are going. If it's close and we know there is water available we will only take a bucket, otherwise it's a bucket and water.

Our horse trailer is primarily my daughters domain. She has her own checklist for what she wants to take depending on where we're going (trailer is very organized) The trailer is cleaned after each trip and mats are pulled up - I'll help if I'm quick enough and it hasn't already been done!

We always put bedding in the trailer because if the horse does go potty it can get very slippery and we won't take a chance on her horse slipping.

aldebono - we keep a small table and 2 chairs in ours!

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post #13 of 32 Old 04-19-2013, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Forgot about my chairs! And the cooler. The only time her horse ever needs the cooler is when we've hauled somewhere. She does get sweaty from work at home, but I don't worry about the cold air on her when she goes into her stall. Thanks!

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post #14 of 32 Old 04-19-2013, 01:43 PM
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Trailer ties--not in the trailer, but hanging in the barn, 4 ft. from the door.
Trailer mats:
(2) 2' x 6'
(3) 4' x 6'
also, move immediately after trailering, kept in the barn after the trailer is cleaned and until we trailer again, to keep the wooden floor in good shape--I store then in the aisle of my barn
Trailer Aid--the original (wooden) one, for changing a trailer tire
That's it.
I clean up my trailer and changing room/living quarters between uses. Since it's in my back yard next to the barn, I don't need to keep anything else stored 24/7.

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post #15 of 32 Old 04-19-2013, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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I keep my horse at a boarding stable so pulling the mats won't be an option. It will have an aluminium floor so I don't have to worry about the wood. We clean out the poop in the trailer upon arrival, hence the poop bucket. My husband is fanatical about that. We also have a broom and dustpan. It's almost an obsession of his.

I do travel with a first aid kit, but it stays in my truck so that it is always with me when I arrive at the barn, in case I need it for anything.

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post #16 of 32 Old 04-19-2013, 01:57 PM
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We recently needed a cooler after the horse got sweaty after a lesson followed by a trail ride. Thunder and a huge hail storm came in and it got really cold soon after we got back to the trailer. Our mare started to get chilled and really stiffen up - it was really scary because we couldn't walk her around safely for more than a few minutes and we had to load her up right away. Unfortunately we didn't have the nicer cooler we usually have nor did we have a sheet (we did have a lightweight one to put on). Usually those are always in the trailer box. We won't make that mistake again.

Luckily for us the mare unloaded a little stiff but much better than when she loaded and was just fine. It was probably harder on us but lesson learned.
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post #17 of 32 Old 04-19-2013, 02:08 PM
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Extra halter and leadrope plus some baling twine (I have a couple long lengths of it in a baggy in my first aid kit).

I've had a horse break it's halter while spooking and tied to the trailer and while I'm thrilled to see the expensive halter broken and not my horse, the backup halter has then been a neccesity. Baling twine since what *can't* you do with baling twine?

Extra leadrope is in part due to my paranoia since the time I ended up trailering my gelding with a dog leash (picking him up and forgot a lead rope) but it's come in handy. Even loaned it out to a few people who took their lead rope off when securing their horse to a trailer tie in the trailer, set the lead rope down and left it at the barn. Oops!
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post #18 of 32 Old 04-19-2013, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Baling twine and duct tape! The best fix its! My daughter's horse recently broke a halter setting back so we'll be picking up a couple of extras just in case.

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post #19 of 32 Old 04-22-2013, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thought of another one...toilet paper. It seems silly, but if you have a roll of tp in your trailer on a busy weekend at a trailhead or show, you suddenly become a hero!

I got my trailer by the way! It's awesome! I need a new pad for one of the dividers. Pretty much the only flaw in the trailer. I am beyond happy.
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post #20 of 32 Old 04-25-2013, 11:03 PM
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In addition to items already suggested:

Package of Chicago screws
Hole punch
Safety pins
Extra Blevins buckles that fit your fenders
Extra snaps/Conway buckles for roping reins
Extra tie down strap (if your daughter uses one)
Extra bit guards if you use them

We have USRider, and they are worth every penny. Aside from roadside assistance, they will tow your trailer in the event of a breakdown, and they can tell you where the closest vet is in case of emergency.

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