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    04-25-2013, 11:32 PM
When I trailer my mare, its usually to go trail riding. Since I travel alone, I pack much more than I probably need. Personally, I want to know that if the truck wouldn't start or whatever freak thing happened, we could fairly comfortably last the night without incident.
-5 gal bucket full with water and lid
-full hay bag
-horse suited first aid kid
-spare halter and long rope (30ft)
-high-line tree savers

-spare tire
-trailer aid
-road flares

-fold-up chair
-light coat, waterproof layer and gloves
-flashlight, headlamp and batteries
-granola bars
-mosquito repellant
-duck tape
-zip ties
-spare, hidden key for tack room
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    04-26-2013, 09:54 AM
Square nose spade, it works best when cleaning the trailer and in the event of a flat tire place the upside down blade and it acts like a wheel chock. Pruning shears are a must because the blade guard makes them much safer if a horse needs to be quickly released. Use new ones with a very sharp blade. Keep them in a place that can be accessed quickly.
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    04-26-2013, 11:29 PM
Crap I have a stock trailer..Its empty lol
    05-04-2013, 12:47 AM
First aid kit with all the stuff to clean, treat, and bandage horse wounds. Pitch fork and horse tack. Horse feed if going somewhere overnight, and always keep an extra day of feed and water on hand.
    05-11-2013, 05:30 PM
If you are traveling more than 300 miles I recommend you get both USRIDER and AAA RV Premium (The only AAA plan that covers loaded horse trailers). They've saved my butt several times, plus they get their fast than I should dismount the spare tire.

I have a lot if similar items, horse & people first aid kits, but I keep all of my dedicated show supplies in the trailer. Specific buckets we only use for shows as they are in my barn colors, a special "for shows only" grooming box. A small tool box kit and staple gun for hanging up stall curtains, and other show decorations.

Also because our show season is in the heart of the summer, I also take Camping gear, but not regular camping gear, but horse show specific camping gear. A popup tent (the 10 x 10 type you see at street fairs, with insects netting walls and camping chairs, camping table, folding cot, coolers, camping stove and grill, plates, and for overnight trailer camping, a sleeping bag and Areo bed with cigarette lighter adapter plug and sleeping bag for overnight shows, etc. of course as much of it in barn colors as possible. Plus a 12 X 12 outdoor carpet (for the popup tent) and similarly sized tarp (for inside the horse trailer, for trailer camping)..

Horse shows are long hot events, mine as well do it in comfort. Especially when they can fold down in to absolute nothing sized bags.
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    08-05-2013, 01:27 AM
How about one of these?:

Hopefully you will never go through having a wheel bearing catch on fire, and set the tire/side of the trailer on fire. If you do, you will be glad you had it.

A few more to consider:

Or some of these (wheel chocks):

Or one of these:

    08-05-2013, 10:18 AM
Originally Posted by BigNickMontana    
How about one of these?:

Hopefully you will never go through having a wheel bearing catch on fire, and set the tire/side of the trailer on fire. If you do, you will be glad you had it.

A few more to consider:

Or some of these (wheel chocks):

Or one of these:

The only thing I don't have is the road flares! Because of where I have to park, the hitch lock was really important. The last thing I want is to come home and find my trailer hauled off!
    08-05-2013, 10:40 AM
Originally Posted by Fowl Play    
The only thing I don't have is the road flares! Because of where I have to park, the hitch lock was really important. The last thing I want is to come home and find my trailer hauled off!
Id really recommend you get some also some reflective triangles are a good idea, if your tow rig dies on you in a bad spot at night they could save your life and your horses life.
    08-22-2013, 03:12 PM
checking your trailer your self.

Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
I went to an emergency rescue lecture and they told me two must-haves, they are mostly for accidents.
#1 a tow strap at least 4" wide, 6" would be better, and at least 25' long, 30 is better. This is for dragging a horse out of a trailer if necessary, they also showed us how to do it. I also have one in the barn for the same reason. NEVER PULL THE HORSE BY THE LEGS, HEAD, OR TAIL.

#2 A roll of yellow caution tape. In case you have an accident, the first thing is to contain the area, keeps people out. Also if the horse gets loose, most horses now will relate the tape to electric fence, so it will contain the horse also.
The lecturer told several stories of the owners getting the terrified horse out of the trailer, only to have it get loose and run miles down the hwy.

I also never travel without a camping jug, 7 gallons, of water. I keep it filled and in the trailer, and empty it and refill before traveling. That way if I need to go in an emergency, I have water, stale water, but water.

One more thing I learned from the dealer that sold me my first trailer, Never let anyone else hook or unhook your trailer. I did a terrible thing once that could have been a horrific accident, but since I was the only one that hooks up my trailer, I would have only myself to blame. When I found out what I did, I literally got on my knees and said some prayers and thanked God that he was watching over me me that day.
that is the most sensable thing to do its like being a guard on a freight train checking all the waggons before you proceed.
As 2 people will not be garaneteed to check on the same things as the other.
Your the person that gives your self the certifacate of readyness to proceed that the trailer is correctley hitched brakeaway cable-chains and check your 5th wheel and make sure its locked in position connected and all electrical sockets pluged in and all correct.
It is a good thing to check with the trailers hand brake on that the 5th wheel is locked with a small movement forward to take the slack to veryfi the pin is home in the correct position.
And also every thing stowed away for the jerney.
Don't for get your personal safty equipment first aid kits ect.
Plenty of water hay and feed.
And extra clothing if you travle in winter.
Also make sure your hand brake released and all wheel schoches removed.
And the final check before departing is that all your lights work.
    08-22-2013, 03:17 PM

I have first aid signs and also were fire extinwishers are located as if there is trouble people will know were thay are in an emergency.
I also have one to indicate were the generator is and the gas bottle.
And 1 gallon of gas for the generator.

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