Trailers & Trailer Safety

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Trailering and Staying Legal on the Road

August 01, 2008

You have attended to all the recommended maintenance and servicing of both truck and trailer to ensure safety and reliability, but what about the legal aspects of hauling a horse? What must you do to comply with regulations and laws?... Read More

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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

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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

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20 Hot Weather Trailering Tips

July 01, 2008

Keep your horses cooler, less stressed, and happier when hauling in hot, humid conditions.... Read More

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Delaware Racing Group Makes Progress on Padded Whips

June 24, 2008

Approximately two and a half years ago, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission began experimenting with changing jockeys' whips to a more humane variety with an extended and padded "popper," the portion of the whip that makes contact with the... Read More

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TheHorse.com Nets Five AHP Awards

June 22, 2008

Blood-Horse Publications received a total of nine awards on Saturday, June 21 at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Awards Program held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sixty-nine AHP members were named finalists in the 2008 AHP Annual... Read More

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Illinois House Passes Equine Transport Bill

April 09, 2008

A proposed measure to prohibit the transport of horses in double-decker trailers in Illinois took a step toward becoming law on Tuesday when the state House of Representatives passed HB4162. The vote was 80 to 29.

The approved bill moves... Read More

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Refrigerator Recall Includes Some Horse Trailer Units

April 08, 2008

A recall of certain refrigerators manufactured by Dometic includes units used in some horse trailers, according to a manufacturer's notice. The defective refrigerator units were manufactured between April 1997 and May 2003 and are designed for... Read More

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Prevent Horse Trailer Tire Trouble

April 02, 2008

Flat tires are the leading cause of disablements involving horse trailers. While horse haulers can never totally eliminate the risk of a breakdown, the risk can be minimized by taking the proper steps. USRider offered the following suggestions... Read More

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Sponsor Tables Illinois Horse Transport Bill Amendment

March 19, 2008

The sponsor of a proposed Illinois measure designed to enhance horse transport safety has tabled a controversial amendment that equine advocates denounced as unacceptable.

"We're going to go back to the original bill," said Ill. Rep. JoAnn... Read More

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What's New in Horse Trailers

March 01, 2008

Safety and strength are the focus of trailer companies' improvements today.

You're ready to make some changes concerning your showing or horse-traveling activities--perhaps you're scaling down a bit, trailering less horse... Read More

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Prepare Your Horse Trailer for Travel Season

February 08, 2008

Before the start of the summer travel season, it is critically important for horse owners to perform basic yet essential maintenance on their trailers.This will be time well spent because it will ensure that their trailers will be in optimal... Read More

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Some Illinois Trailer Accident Survivors Moved to New Homes

November 16, 2007

Eight of the horses that survived last month's semitrailer rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., have been placed in new homes, and four more are scheduled to be adopted within days, according to Donna Ewing, president of the of the... Read More

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Readers Respond: Double-Decker Dilemma

November 13, 2007

More than 2,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you support federal legislation banning equine transport in double-decker trailers for any purpose?"

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Illinois Accident Horses Nearly Ready for Adoption

November 09, 2007

A veterinarian who has been caring for the 42 equine survivors of an Oct. 27 semitrailer rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., says the animals are mending and are nearly ready to go to new homes. Placement coordinators for the horses are in the... Read More

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Horse Owners Encouraged to Invest in GPS Unit for Hauling

November 05, 2007

You're on your way to a horse show when your truck breaks down. You know that you are on a main road, but you are not exactly sure where. You did not pay attention to the signs at the last town you passed. How do you give directions so help... Read More

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Trailer Accident: Proposed Law Would Ban Illinois Double-Deckers

November 04, 2007

Less than week after a double-decker trailer rollover caused the death of 17 horses, a member of the Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation that would ban the use of such trailers to transport horses for any reason.

Ill. State... Read More

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Trailer Accident Investigators Consider Charges

November 02, 2007

State, local, and federal investigators are putting their heads together to determine whether the driver of the semitrailer hauling 59 horses involved in a Oct. 27 rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., will face additional charges in connection... Read More

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Illinois Trailer Accident: Two More Horses Dead

October 30, 2007

The number of horses surviving the semitrailer truck rollover in Wadsworth, Ill., fell to 42 on Monday when two more horses were euthanatized due to their injuries, according to Vickie Wancho, spokesperson for Carney Farm in... Read More

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Agriculture Officials Join Illinois Trailer Accident Investigation

October 29, 2007

State and national agriculture officials are joining Lake County, Ill., authorities to investigate a tractor trailer rollover accident that left 13 Belgian horses dead. A total of 59 horses in the double-decker trailer--most of them... Read More

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Preparing for Winter Trailer Storage

August 18, 2007

While it might be hard to imagine that winter weather is only a few months away, now is the time to perform preventative maintenance on your horse trailer so that your rig is road-safe and ready come spring.

"Your trailer has safely... Read More

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Kentucky Rescue Course Has Audit Positions Open

August 12, 2007

Two three-day courses designed to instruct first responders, veterinarians, and horse owners on the art of hands-on rescue and transport of a recumbent horse, containment of large animals, mud and water rescues, and night search and rescue will... Read More

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Extreme Drought Spreading Across South

June 14, 2007

The choking dryness that's killing crops and turning streams into dusty trails across the Southeast is getting worse, with the government saying Thursday the nation's most extreme drought has expanded from Alabama into three neighboring states.... Read More

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Emergencies on the Road

May 01, 2007

Traveling with horses is no longer the big deal it once was, but the risks attached to hauling are as great as ever; as we all know, accidents happen, even to the most responsible of us. And while it's essential to take precautions to protect... Read More

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Trailer Driving Tips

April 01, 2007

While most of us learn to drive a passenger vehicle through driver's education, the majority of us learn to drive horse trailers through experience. When you consider how precious the cargo is, cutting our towing teeth at the "school of hard knocks... Read More