Roads for trailering - how rough have you gone?
I went out with just the truck last week to check out a road to take my horse trailer on. The road got pretty rough in places - ok for a truck and I certainly could haul a trailer through it, but I wouldn't have felt good about having a horse in the back so I'm glad I checked it out first.
Does anyone have any tales and/or pictures of the worst road they've taken their loaded horse trailer on?
We went to a show a few weeks ago, that was only maybe 3miles away.
I'm a pretty smart fella and know that the dirt tractor path/road will dump us out right into the farm we're heading to.
Washboard, holes, old rail beds, and a half hour later. The horses seemed to care less. But we went home on a real road, not that those were any better really.
Here there's 2 kinda roads, those that are rough and the ones that are REALLY rough.
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I wouldn't think that rough roads would be a big problem for sound horses as long as you're not barreling through. Same way you wouldn't want to slam on the breaks unless absolutely necessary.
We ride frequently in the Cherokee National Forest of E. TN and the Chattahoochee National Forest, along with the Cohutta Wilderness area of North Georgia. When anyone asks about riding in the area, the first question I ask them is do they have 4 wheel drive. It's not necessary for access, but it can prevent a lot of issues.
Many of the trail heads are via forest service roads which get very little maintenance. They are, in places, quite steep, very narrow, and pot hole filled. Some of them ford creeks.
One trip, the forest service had just dumped about 6 inches of gravel in a very steep and narrow place and we got stuck on the road. Had to unload the horses and after a very scary series of white knuckled maneuvers by another fellow we made it out.....We're now in an F350 4x4 after that episode. We've had trees down across the road, and we always carry a saw and log chain.
The more remote the region, the less maintenance there is on the roads.
The key is to go slow so as not to break an axle or bust a tire.
Take a ride in the trailer. It is much smoother than the tow vehicle because of the suspension of the double axles. Your truck will roll and heave as you roll in and out of a pot hole, not the trailer because there's always one axle /tire on the flat surface.
There is one horrible cow trail road ^^^^^We haul on to access cross country ski trails that lead to a lake, full of ruts, potholes, humps, you name it. Horses never seen to mind when they are unloaded and set off for a long ride.
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I gave up my LQ because I repeatedly destroyed my holding tanks on the roads I drive.
But the horses always seem to arrive ready to go.
Hmmm... When I ride down this road I will have to remember to take pics and see what you guys say. Of course, I will also have to consider that I will need a turnaround somewhere... I don't think I would be able to back out of this particular road.
Well since I live on a "dirt" road in Georgia, that means clay, anywhere I trailer out to is rough because I have to first get to a highway.
Normally when backing a vehicle, we take hold of the steering wheel at the top. To back a trailer, hold the wheel at the bottom. Don't look at it while backing or you will be thrown into confusion. Use the same side to side movement as when holding at the top. It works.
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