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post #1 of 15 Old 08-08-2014, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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What to outfit horse trailer with?

I just bought a Circle J Runabout and am getting practice driving around and parking. What a learning curve! I have a moderate size tack room and a truck with a short bed.
What would be the basic items I should stock in the horse trailer?
I'm thinking spare halter, water bucket, hay net, spare leads, traffic cones, first aid stuff..what else?
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-08-2014, 01:38 AM
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Manure fork.

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-08-2014, 03:33 AM
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Tack repair stuff-leather pieces, leather punch, Chicago screws, rivets & rivet tool (don't know the actual name for it).

Grooming kit

If we're camping we always take a scoop shovel & wheel barrow.
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-08-2014, 04:25 AM
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One of those little ramps for changing flats.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-08-2014, 01:38 PM
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Congrats on the new trailer! I got a Circle J Mustang just about a year ago and am greatly enjoying the freedom to take my horse out whenever I want!

Let's see if I can remember all the stuff I put in mine...

Fire extinguisher
Warning triangles
Spare halter & lead
Stud chain
Trailer aid
Wheel chocks (2)
Horse first aid kit
Straps with hook ends (for keeping the back door and tack room door open on windy days)
Tie-Safe trailer tie
Blocker tie ring
Bucket, feed pan
Manure fork & muck tub (I also have a "folding" muck cart but it takes up too much room to be kept in the trailer; I would potentially take it to a show with me but haven't actually used it yet...)
U.S. Rider membership (not sure if you can get that in Canada or if there's an equivalent)
Fly spray

And not really "in" the trailer, but I got a cover for the spare tire (mounted on the outside of my trailer) and a hitch cover for when it's parked.

Also, be sure you have a good brake controller and you know how to adjust it for heavier/lighter loads!
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post #6 of 15 Old 08-08-2014, 05:25 PM
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First aid for you, twine or rope, tarp, flash lights, bunge cords (you never know when you have to bunge a tack room door shut. Seriously), deep woods off, horse treats, spare people water or treats, extra of all tack if you can, I keep an extra bale of shavings because I have a large tack room, helmet and spare helmet, phone number list, basic tool kit, sisscors, mudd boots, pitch fork, water bucket, grain, grain bucket, lunge rope, spare halter and lead line, spare trailer tie,
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Fix a flat is nice to have available. A small tool box too. The hazard triangles in case you break down.
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post #8 of 15 Old 08-17-2014, 09:22 PM
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A good LED flashlight/work light in case you have to fix something at night.

A proper T-Handle lug nut wrench

Get your trailer-aid and practice changing a tire under "ideal" conditions. Things you need to know...you have to partially loosen the lug nuts prior to putting the trailer up on the trailer-aid, if you don't the wheel spins and you might have to use your leg to stand on the wrench to get the lug nuts to budge. "Righty Tighty" "Lefty Loosey" for lug nuts. Same thing when you tighten lugnuts, as tight as you can on the trailer aid and then drive it off and torque those again as tight as you are able.
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-17-2014, 09:40 PM
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Oh, forgot, if you are going somewhere and unhitching, a block to set the base of the jack on. A few times I had uneven horrible ground at weekend shows where I have unhitched, had to borrow something. Now I keep something, actually a 10 lb flat weight plate from the gym, lol. Works great and takes up no space in the tackroom.
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post #10 of 15 Old 08-19-2014, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks....my wheel that supports the trailer winds up and I keep it on.
Great suggestions everyone..
This particular trailer is pretty small in most respects. although light and easy to manuver. I wish horse loading was as easy as learning to drive and park this thing!

Its only 12 feet long and the slant is almost too small in the first partition for my TB gelding. I might have to make it into an open stock trailer config. I don't know yet, as I've been unable so far in loading up my guy. Baby steps as he's been involved in a straight haul incident where previous owner forgot to untie him and he panicked. Got pretty scraped up and scared.

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