What "must haves" do you keep in your trailer?
Picking mine up on Saturday. We've borrowed one from time to time, and we just put our buckets in it when we used it, but now that I have my own and don't need to empty it out each time, I want to have some things left in there.
I have water buckets already, a pitch fork, and a poop bucket (my husband insists on cleaning out the trailer instantly when we arrive somewhere). I have a (horse and human) first aid kit in my truck so that those supplies are always with me. We just ordered Blocker Tie rings since my daughter's horse is a puller. Of course the hay bags for the horses, and a bale bag that we keep a half a bale of hay in.
(On our shopping list are a water tank and one of those ramp things for flats...just need to wait until we see exactly what the trailer is coming with...so far every email reveals another goodie!
Anything else that we need to get that you consider absolutely necessary to have in the trailer at all times?
I keep a camping water container and take my own water with me.
I also keep wraps and polos, which would not be in your first aid kit.
My horse trailer roadside assistance folks (which, BTW, I feel is essential if going any distance) says you should keep notification info IN THE TRAILER. I guess in case something happens to you in the vehicle.
My DH built in some small cabinets,which I love, so I keep extra hooks, bootlaces, etc.
Something to stabilize the wheels (wheel chock) in case you have to unhook.
Tool box (hammer, screwdriver, duct tape, electrical tape, utility knife, etc etc) with just about anything you'd need.
Trailer Aid (to change a flat tire)
Leverage tire iron
Lots of water (for the horses, and if the pickup overheats)
Hay and hay bags
extra halters and lead ropes
extra cinch and extra reins/bridles
tack box with all the normal essentials (brushes, hoof pick, curry, etc)
First aid kit for the horses
And that's all I can think of at the moment.
Manure fork, tack and grooming supplies. They live in my trailer tackroom.
I have a grooming kit that can stay in there. The tool box is a good idea. Thanks! My husband was making fun of me for saying I wanted extra cinch and reins, but at least I'm not the only one! I never use shavings in the trailer. I might when we go for a really long distance, but my daughter's horse won't go to the bathroom under saddle, or in the trailer. Some days she's practically dying when she gets back to her stall, but she won't potty with a rider!
What are you doing when you go somewhere? How long are you going to be there (on average)?
This may change some of the things that you *must have* in your trailer.
For instance...my coach always has hay/hay bags in her trailer for shows, since they are usually at a show all day, with some in the feed bags that come in the trailer for there and the way home. My Grandpa however prefers that his Standardbred race horses eat at home, so they don't choke while eating hay in the trailer on the way home, since they won't have access to water during the trip.
My grandparents would also never put a grooming kit in the trailer because they brush the horse before they load. They would see it as a waste of space. However, they do keep a chair/stool in there so Grandpa can sit when he needs to put his boots back on after changing into or out of his driving suit.
My must haves would be:
Spare halters and leads.
First Aid Kit.
Road side emergency kit. (In truck or trailer)
Chock block (in truck or trailer)
Anything else for me would be in my show box.... spare girth, reins, hair nets etc, because I would not deem them essential for EVERY trip I take in my hypothetical trailer.
Even when she takes her horse to chase some cows, we're within 15 minutes of that too. For the amount of travel I'm doing, I am getting a trailer that is probably a little overkill for now, but eventually we'll be hauling horses farther. Breaking myself in slowly.
I have must of these thing but the ONE thing I love is my USRIDE motor plan they have help me out a lot I would get a membership
I keep my whole tack in my trailer. We don't have a lot, but enough I have to organize it everyday. ;P
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.
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