Trailers & Trailer Safety


Trailer Safety Checklist

March 16, 2010

Keep this handy safety checklist in your trailer, tack box, or towing vehicle as a reference for safe hauling.... Read More


Horse Haulers Urged to Follow Commercial Driver Texting Ban

January 29, 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Jan. 26 issued a nationwide ban on texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large truck and buses.

Horse owners are urged to voluntarily comply with this ban while transporting horse... Read More


Horse Hauler Caution Advised at Icy Intersections

January 12, 2010

Authorities are testing several solutions, including weather shields and heating elements to combat the downside of the new generation traffic lights, LEDs, which can be obscured by ice/snow. Until a solution is found, drivers are reminded to be ... Read More


2009 Year in Review: Staff Picks

January 01, 2010

Of the nearly 2,200 horse health, care, management, and welfare news articles posted on in 2009, which ones stood out to our editors? Here are their top picks:

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State Equine Transport Requirements Available Online

December 21, 2009

You're planning to take your horse to a big event several hundred miles away. To reach your destination, you might travel through states you've never before visited. Since equine transportation regulations vary from state to state, how ... Read More


Load Your Horse On a Trailer

December 04, 2009

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Safely Unload Your Horse

December 04, 2009

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Drivers Urged to Move Over for Safety

September 27, 2009

Trucks and horse trailers are large rigs that can be difficult to manuever in tight spaces, namely when hauling down the highway. USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for equestrians, urges motorists to move over when... Read More


Tips for Safe Horse Transport during Hot Weather

August 27, 2009

Hot weather can pose serious health problems for horses, including dehydration, heatstroke, and exhaustion. ... Read More


Horse Transport, Housing Stress Reflected in Hormone Levels

June 29, 2009

Horse transport and housing has an effect on the animals' stress levels, according to Shannon Garey, a PhD candidate under the direction of Theodore Friend, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAABS, of Texas A&M. Garey presented results of an ongoing study on... Read More


LSU Vets Aid Horses Trapped in Trailer

June 08, 2009

Veterinarians from Louisiana State University (LSU) responded to an emergency call the evening of May 30 after learning that two horses were trapped in an overturned horse trailer as a result of a single vehicle accident.

LSU veterinarians,... Read More


Owner Sentenced in Illinois Trailer Accident Case

May 08, 2009

The former owner of 59 draft horses involved in a 2007 tractor-trailer truck rollover accident in Illinois was sentenced to supervision and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and restitution in connection with the incident.

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Maintain Trailer Axles for Safe Hauling

March 27, 2009

Trailer axles have a lot riding on them--take good care of this crucial element of your rig. One of the more debilitating disablements for a horse trailer is axle failure. In addition to putting you and your horse at great danger on... Read More


Readers Tell Us Which Type of Horse Trailer They Prefer

February 19, 2009

More than 2,000 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Which type of horse trailer do you prefer?"

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Farm Equipment

February 01, 2009

Tailor your selections to your facility's specific needs. ... Read More


Horse Transport Bill Reintroduced

January 18, 2009

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would prohibit the use double-decker trailers for transporting horses across state lines.

Specifically, HR 305, or the "Horse Transportation... Read More


Maintain Trailer Breakaway Systems for Safe Hauling

December 17, 2008

Emergency breakaway systems lock trailer brakes automatically if the trailer becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle. Maintaining this equipment is an aspect of trailer maintenance you don't want to overlook, although hopefully you'll never... Read More


Tips for Winter Travel with Horses

November 19, 2008

"While trailering horses in the winter is not all that different from trailering any time of the year, you do need to make a few adjustments for hauling in cold weather," said Neva Kittrell Scheve, co-author of The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaini... Read More


Calgary Trailer Accident Investigation Closed

November 11, 2008

The investigation into the October stock trailer accident in Calgary, in which a trailer carrying 44 horses overturned, has been closed.

According to a spokesman with the... Read More


Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training Offered in Kentucky

October 23, 2008

USRider and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) are partnering for the fifth annual large animal emergency rescue training course. As with previous years' training, specially trained demonstration animals will help provide realistic hands-on... Read More


Calgary Trailer Accident: Surviving Horses Returned to Origin

October 21, 2008

After 12 horses died Friday following a stock trailer accident in Calgary, Alberta, the remaining 32 horses have been returned to their point of origin in Bonnyville, according to Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada Chair Bill... Read More


Time for a New Horse Trailer? See What Our Readers Had to Say

September 25, 2008

More than 1,000 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Will you purchase a new horse trailer in the next year?"

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Trailering and Staying Legal on the Road

August 01, 2008

You've checked the horse, trailer, truck, and equipment, but are you even legal to be on the road?... Read More


Federal Ban on Equine Transport via Double-Decker Introduced

July 18, 2008

The use of double-decker trailers to transport horses for any purpose would be banned nationwide if a new bill recently introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. But some equine welfare advocates say the bill is flawed.... Read More


Horse Trailer Railroad Crossing Safety Brochure Available

July 17, 2008

The average freight train traveling at 55 mph takes a mile or more to stop--that's about the length of 18 football fields. So when a vehicle gets stuck on the tracks and a train is coming, the outcome is usually very bad for the vehicle, and... Read More