Trailers & Trailer Safety

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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

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Off-Season is the Season for Horse Trailer Maintenance

February 14, 2007

It's important for horse owners to maintain their trailers during the off-season. USRider, national provider of roadside emergency assistance for horse owners, reminds equestrians to spend some time doing preventive trailer maintenance, not only... Read More

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Trailer Tire Anatomy

February 01, 2007

Some people claim that a tire is a tire is a tire: It's round and black and holds air. But that's not really the whole story. Tires are manufactured for different purposes and load-bearing capacities. They come in different sizes and vary in... Read More

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Suspect Arrested in Horse Carriage Hit and Run

January 25, 2007

FBI agents arrested and charged a man with the May 27 hit and run of a horse carriage in Marietta, Ga., the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Emergency Transportation

December 06, 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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Double-Decker Disaster Leaves 17 of 42 Horses Dead

December 01, 2006

A truck carrying 42 horses bound for slaughter overturned early Sept. 27 on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Mo. Seventeen horses died immediately or were later euthanatized due to extensive injuries, and the remaining 24 horses and a hinny are in... Read More

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"Horsetown USA" to Regulate Waste-Filled Water

November 28, 2006

Norco, a California town known as "Horsetown USA," is under pressure to come up with a manure management plan to reduce the environmental impact of the town's estimated 14,000 horses, reports the Read More

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Book Excerpt: Rainrot

November 15, 2006

Rainrot (rain scald) is a skin problem that often appears during wet weather. ... Read More

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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