Trailers & Trailer Safety

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Miniature Horse Dies After Dog Attack

October 07, 2006

A miniature horse owner in Hailey, Idaho says one of his animals was killed and two others were injured in a dog attack. Tom Riney says that for the second time in two years, loose dogs attacked two of his miniature horses and a burro on... Read More

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Truck Companies Pulling for Safety

October 07, 2006

Trailers decked out with lavish living quarters that would put some houses to shame are becoming increasingly popular in the competition and pleasure horse industries. However, these massive trailers can weigh in excess of 10,000 pounds (i.e.,... Read More

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Horse Trailer Drivers Urged to Use Air Pressure Monitor

September 12, 2006

Flat tires are the leading cause of disablements involving horse trailers. USRider is involved in a research project with Dr. Tomas Gimenez to test the benefits (if any) of using air vs. nitrogen to inflate tow vehicle and horse trailer tires. A... Read More

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Trailer Maintenance, Right on Schedule

September 01, 2006

We rely on our trailers to transport our horses safely and reliably. So it stands to reason that we should pay close attention to their maintenance and soundness. But in the busy life of the modern equestrian, trailer upkeep can easily be pushed... Read More

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WEG 2006 Opening Ceremonies Wet, Yet Wonderful

August 21, 2006

After four long years of waiting, an anxious equestrian world watched the clock roll down to the moment everyone had their eyes turned to-- the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 Aachen FEI World Equestrian Games. And while gray skies and wet and... Read More

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Emergency Transportation for Horses

July 05, 2006

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital. ... Read More

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Retrofit Your Rig

May 01, 2006

Of the many things you ask your horse to do, few are as totally unnatural and potentially hazardous to his health as asking him to climb into a metal box and trundle down the road for hours on end. To make the trailering experience as low-stress... Read More

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Use Caution at Railroad Crossings

April 26, 2006

The Gimenezes studied more than 200 incidents involving horse trailers and noticed an inordinate number of accidents involving gooseneck horse trailers becoming stuck on railroad crossings. Almost all of these incidents resulted in losses... Read More

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Trailer Noise and Vibration Study

April 14, 2006

Any time you have excessive road noise or vibration in a horse trailer, I think the horse experiences some stress. That can lead to fatigue, both muscular and mental. Reduction of noise or vibrations should benefit horses in transit.... Read More

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Trailer Shopping

April 01, 2006

You're finally ready to buy a trailer--one of the more significant purchases you'll make as a horse owner. It's a lot of money, so you'll want to make a wise investment. It's a good time to buy a trailer, as horse travel has evolved into a part... Read More

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USRider Calls for Improvements on Trailer Wiring

February 15, 2006

USRider has publicly urged horse trailer manufacturers to improve their electrical wiring practices. "Trailers flex and move constantly when being towed, so it is imperative that proper wiring techniques be used to ensure the proper and continua... Read More

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Alliance Works to Control Wild Horse Fertility

February 01, 2006

A non-hormonal contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), has given birth to an alliance between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The two organizations agreed to work together on using thi... Read More

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USRider Promotes Fuel Economy for Horse Owners

November 07, 2005

Drive more efficiently. Keep your vehicle properly tuned. Plan and combine trips. Choose a more efficient vehicle.

You've probably heard these fuel conservation tips frequently repeated in the media recently. Why are these ideas being... Read More

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Improving Travel Conditions

October 01, 2005

While there have been many changes in the equine world in the past several decades, no change has been more dramatic than that experienced by horse transportation. The change, literally, has been from hooves and rails to wheels and wings. While... Read More

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Help Sought for Trailer Accident Survey

September 06, 2005

For the last two years, USRider has been working with nationally known large-animal rescue expert Dr. Tomas Gimenez in an effort to further enhance the safety of horses and those who travel with horses. To help with this important equine... Read More

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Hauling Q&A

September 01, 2005

Get the answers to 10 frequently asked trailering and equine transport questions from industry authorities.... Read More

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Safety Strategy for Traveling Equestrians

July 12, 2005

Horse owners are advised to carry a second spare tire when trailering their animals.

"The side of the road is a dangerous place to be especially when you have horses onboard. As a conscientious horse owner, you want to minimize that... Read More

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Trailer Shopping 101

July 01, 2005

Fulfilling your equestrian goals without a horse trailer is difficult. Your facility might be the best one going, but to really stretch your wings, it's good to get out in the rest of the world. Even if you're happy staying put, medical emergencies... Read More

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Dealing with a Trailer Accident

May 11, 2005

Having an accident with a van or trailer carrying a horse is a nightmare. Always do everything in your power to prevent a vehicle accident with horses on board (or anytime for that matter). If you are uncomfortable with the trailer rig or the... Read More

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Emergency Transportation

March 23, 2005

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital. If you have your own trailer, make sure that it is in working order at all times (the truck, too) and always have a back-up plan. Be prepared to make ... Read More

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Nominations due Jan. 10 for the 2005 Equine Industry Vision Award

November 12, 2004

Jan. 10, 2005 is the deadline date for nominations for the annual Equine Industry Vision Award, which will be presented at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Seminar in Seattle, Wash., on June 10, 2005. Pfizer Animal Health sponsors th... Read More

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USRider Assists Gimenez in Trailer Accident Survey

November 01, 2004

USRider has teamed up with nationally known large-animal rescue veterinarian Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, in an effort to further enhance the safety of horses and those who travel with horses.

Through an innovative research project, USRider... Read More

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Double-Decker Trailering: Casting Stones...

November 01, 2004

Some states--because of pressure from constituents--have passed laws that won't permit slaughter horses to be hauled in double-decker trucks through their states. That's a fine idea, but I don't think any of the state laws would have covered this in... Read More

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Louisiana Publication Collecting Information for Disaster Database

September 24, 2004

The Louisiana Horseman's Guide (LAHG) has joined efforts with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Animal Health Studies, State Veterinarian’s Office, in compiling information for a new disaster... Read More

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Assessing Ivan's Damage

September 17, 2004

Hurricane Ivan made furious landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala., early yesterday, tearing into the landscape with winds of up to130 mph, causing coastal storm surge flooding, and spurring tornadoes in several southeastern states. As of Friday... Read More